Analysis paralysis over South Africa’s IRP for electricity presents massive economic risk

. It has been four months now since the release of the Department of Energy’s latest draft Integrated Resource Plan for electricity (Draft IRP 2018) for public comment on 27 August 2018, and two months since the closing date for public comments on 25 October 2018. So where’s Wally? Initially energy minister Jeff Radebe indicated […]

How to deal with Eskom’s ever-rising electricity tariffs

. Eskom has applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for a 15% tariff increase from 1 April 2019 for three consecutive years compounded, on top of a 4,5% RCA price increase already awarded by NERSA for this date, and further RCA applications in the pipeline. The power utility is facing dire […]

Quo vadis Eskom?

The South African economy relies on the availability of a reliable, affordable and adequate supply of electricity. Economic growth is thus dependent upon the success of Eskom as its prime supplier of electricity. The power utility’s leaders are working to improve its performance, but are they moving the utility in the right direction? In a […]

Why giving South Africans title deeds isn’t the panacea for land reform

The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised since Parliament resolved to consider amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. But the slow pace of land reform – a process that aims to address the dispossession of the previously oppressed black majority – will not be solved by amending the Constitution. That is […]

The life-saving urgency of reducing air pollution

The severity of the impact of climate change on health is increasingly clear. A report tabled by the World Heath Organisation (WHO) following the recent COP24 meeting in Poland, presents important findings and makes vital recommendations.  The drivers of climate change – principally fossil fuel combustion – pose a heavy burden of disease, including a major […]

Coal 2018: Analysis and forecasts to 2023

Coal remains a major component of global fuel supplies, accounting for 27% of all energy used worldwide and making up 38% of electricity generation. It plays a crucial role in industries such as iron and steel. But concerns about air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions cloud the future of coal. This year’s annual IEA coal […]

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer explains…

. A refreshing openness by Eskom’s new management was demonstrated yesterday in an exclusive interview with Eskom COO Mr Jan Oberholzer by EE Publishers. The interview followed dramatic developments in the operations of Eskom this year, including the decline in the utility’s generation plant performance, shortages of coal at power stations in Mpumalanga, the return […]

Interview: Is there light at the end of Eskom’s tunnel?

. Bruce Whitfield, the host on Talk Radio 702’s Money Show, interviewed Chris Yelland, an energy commentator and the managing director at EE Publishers, following Eskom’s media briefing on 28 November 2018, where it released its interim financial results for the 6-month period to 30 September 2018. Whitfield asked Yelland about Eskom’s position and the […]

Is renewable energy really the future? Industry bodies say it is

In a presentation to the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg recently, Busi Nxumalo, the vice chair of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), said that renewable energy is a key element in South Africa’s economic growth plan. Renewable energy has been included in the Department of Energy’s integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity from […]