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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 […]

Eskom engages stakeholders on its revenue application 

Eskom has explained the power utility’s rationale for its average annual electricity increase application of 15% for three years under the fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) and Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance application for 2018 to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The presentation was made to stakeholders attending the Cape Town leg […]

The use of robots in the maintenance of overhead lines

Strategic assets, such as electricity transmission grids, must be operated in a safe, predictable and reliable way. To do so, best practices in the operation and maintenance of transmission networks must evolve to respond to the changing context of pressured grid operators: operation and maintenance standards, laws and regulations, increasing loads, commercial exchanges, etc. This […]

The myth of “clean coal”: Why coal can only ever be dirty

“Clean coal” is sometimes promoted as the lifeline that will allow governments to continue to depend on coal for energy generation. But there is no such thing as “clean coal”. South Africa is the biggest coal producer in Africa. Over the past 10 years alone, South Africa has produced an average of 254-million tons of […]