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Concerns mount over Eskom’s medium-term system adequacy outlook

. Following the recent exposé by EE Publishers on the deepening coal supply crisis facing Eskom, alarm bells are also sounding regarding the utility’s worsening generation plant performance impacting South Africa’s medium-term (five-year) system adequacy outlook. There are deepening concerns about the overall state of Eskom’s aging fleet of coal-fired power plants, and the ability […]

Eskom’s anticipated long-term strategic recovery plan delayed

Eskom says its long-term strategic recovery plan will be published later than originally announced. This state-owned power utility – the largest in Africa and for many years the model for and envy of many international power companies – is virtually broke. It is in so much debt that servicing that debt is eroding any profit […]

Revolutionary wind power technology launched

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria launched a revolutionary vertical axis wind turbine recently. Although still in the early stages of prototype development, the wind turbine has already been subjected to comprehensive scrutiny and has passed feasibility trials at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, and wind tunnel […]

Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets

South Africa’s electricity sector is undergoing a multifaceted transformation brought about by energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of independent power producers. This article considers the fundamental elements which characterise the German and South African energy markets, highlights the challenges which are prevalent in the energy […]

Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment

The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has published the long-awaited draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) at a media briefing in Pretoria. The public have 60 days to comment on this new plan. The details are outlined below. The IRP follows a process which was initially promulgated in 2011. It was, […]

Reducing carbon footprint by 50% with solar energy solution

In early-2015, Jasco, a company that delivers end-to-end solutions across the entire ICT, power, enterprise and security value chains, realised the opportunity to become a leader in the field of renewable energy, harnessing its expertise on a solar project at its own head office complex, Jasco Park. Located in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, Jasco Park […]