Posts tagged as baseload

The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation

  In the brave new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic (PV) plant over the last […]

New nuclear build is justifiable, says WNA

  In a new report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, the World Nuclear Association shows that new nuclear build can be justified in many countries on the strength of today’s economic criteria and identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment. This is the executive summary of the […]

Cost of new power generation in South Africa

  The Energy Centre of the CSIR has moved to provide updated and consistent information on the cost of new power from wind, solar PV, baseload coal IPP, baseload Eskom coal, and nuclear power generation technologies in South Africa. In a presentation dated 14 October 2016, the head of CSIR’s Energy Centre, Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, […]

The potential for IPP coal fired power generation in South Africa

  The DoE has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) and proposals for new generation capacity under the coal base-load IPP procurement programme. The request does not mention plant size but stipulates both pulverised coal and fluidised bed systems. The proposed plant will be of a much smaller scale than the existing mega-projects under construction […]

Baseload IPPP anticipated

  After the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) run by the Department of Energy (DoE), the release by the DoE of requests for proposals for gas, coal and hydro under the government’s baseload procurement programme is hotly anticipated. This article highlights some of the differences that we expect to […]

Procurement models applied to IPP programmes in South Africa

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is largely viewed as a positive and innovative programme. We need a base-load procurement model that builds on the successes of the REIPPPP and extends these to base-load IPPs. Eskom’s future financial health presents a significant risk to procurement of renewables, thermal base-load and nuclear […]

Nuclear fleet to turn Eastern Cape into an energy hub

Speaking at Nuclear Africa 2013, a conference and exhibition held in Midrand recently, the deputy president and energy minister assured delegates that the South African government is committed to nuclear power generation, and that cabinet has approved generation of 9 600 MW by nuclear power plants, as part of the national development plan.    South Africa […]

The Jacob Marley Column

Sir Allow me to disabuse your erudite readers of the notion that I am a stark-raving green lunatic who would rather plaster solar panels all over the country-side than preserve nasty, smelly carbon-dioxide-spewing coal fired power stations that will cook the earth. At least that is the impression one might have – incorrectly – gained […]