Posts tagged as electricity

Coal-mill optimisation in coal-fired power stations aids flexibility

Many of the existing pulverised coal-fired (PCF) power stations are operated at a fixed steady load (i.e. baseload operation). There is however a growing requirement for load following or flexible operation, which requires flexibility in most of the components of the power station. Flexibility and efficiency can be improved by close control of the coal […]

First locally-made biogas generator delivered

Sustain Power delivered the first locally manufactured biogas combined heat and power (CHP) generator to Ibert, a local biogas company, for use at an abattoir near Pretoria recently. Manufactured with the assistance of Unique Hydra in Cape Town, the 220 kW CHP generator is a waste-to-energy converter, fueled by organic waste such as agricultural waste, […]

Presidency tackles Eskom’s governance, appoints new board

The government has announced a number of measures to strengthen governance at Eskom, including the appointment of new board members and the stabilisation of management at the electricity-generating parastatal. This follows a meeting of President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba on 19 January […]

NERSA to publish small-scale embedded generation rules soon

The Department of Energy published a notice regarding the licensing exemption and registration of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) plant recently. In response, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) says it is in the process of finalising the draft SSEG rules which it will publish soon. These rules were drafted in 2015, but put on […]

New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. After a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. Many new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa. Hydropower represents a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production in eastern and southern Africa. Around 90% […]

Intensive energy users welcome regulator’s decision

The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has welcomed the decision made by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) on Eskom’s revenue application for the 2018/19 financial year 15 December 2017. Eskom funding model resulting in tariffs having to be increased exorbitantly to fund internal inefficiencies is outdated and unsustainable. It is hoped that by […]

Can Eskom avoid a financial death spiral?

The challenges Eskom is facing around governance, corruption and state capture are common cause, but it is unfortunately crowding out an even more serious structural problem, which speaks to the very viability of Eskom as a utility company. Cleaning up the company, improving efficiencies and restoring it to its former glory as an efficient operator […]