Posts tagged as Eskom

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, […]

Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions

Eskom says it has declared a dispute with trade unions National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity over the precondition that NUM and NUMSA introduced as part of the wage negotiations. Last week at a meeting convened through the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, […]

Taking issue with the issues

Addressing the South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) recent Energy Rendezvous event, Nedbank’s Mike Peo said that while everyone speaks of the grand energy transition, change must be for the benefit of everyone or it will be meaningless. Using the theme of “Taking issue with the issues”, SANEA’s event consisted of a panel discussion to […]

The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation

The energy industry, particularly the electricity sector, has undergone exciting developments over the past two centuries. From fulfilling the basic functions of lighting and cooking at the turn of the 19th century, electricity is now the backbone of the world’s economy and a basic societal need. In his keynote address at the 2018 Africa Energy […]

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 […]

BRICS nations discuss energy for the future

At a time when the international energy sector is discussing new low-cost generation technologies based on clean, sustainable primary energy sources, some BRICS member countries are negotiating loans to build coal-fired power stations. The 2018 BRICS Business Council Energy Event 2018 was themed “Energy transition 4.0”, and hosted at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) conference […]

Addressing SA’s electrical supply challenges

The Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) conducted a two-day seminar recently on the problems confronting the electrical supply industry in South Africa as a whole and Eskom’s coal‐fired power stations in particular. I came away with the impression that the problem is indeed very serious with many commentators warning that the problems surrounding Eskom have the […]

Eskom’s results: Revenue flat, costs up, massive loss – how will the lights stay on?

Eskom’s recently released annual financial results reveal that this state-owned power utility is losing money hand-over-fist and is trying to get the public to finance it. Its published income statement document reports that in the year ended 31 March 2018 Eskom’s operating company (i.e. the company which generates and sells electricity, as opposed to the […]

Integrated Resource Plan vital for clarity in the energy sector

The Department of Energy’s long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is due for release soon, will help Eskom and other stakeholders in the power industry clarity and direction. Opening this year’s Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa 2018 power sector event at the Sandton Convention Centre, Eskom’s chairman, Jabu Mabuza, said that South Africa is making strides […]