Posts tagged as Eskom

Liquidation of Eskom’s RCA balance to be phased in

In addresses to stakeholders in Kimberley and Bloemfontein regarding its applications for the liquidation of its outstanding regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications recently, Eskom’s general manager for regulation, Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje, said that the power utility is aware of and accepts that the RCA balance of R66-billion will be phased in over a number of years […]

No load-shedding this winter, says Eskom – but can we be sure?

The power utility’s interim group chief executive has assured the public that the organisation is committed to keeping the lights on this winter, despite low coal stockpiles at six of its power stations, by shifting plant performance and coal stock between power stations. At a media briefing at Eskom’s Megawatt Park complex, the power utility’s […]

Eskom to announce coal recovery plan to address imbalance in coal stock levels

The challenge of coal stock levels below the required target of 20 days at seven of Eskom’s power stations is not ideal, more especially as the power utility prepares for the traditionally higher electricity usage period in winter. The organisation has, however, put measures in place to address the current coal shortages. Eskom says it […]

Result of hearing of Eskom’s group executive for group capital

Tim Bruinders SC, who was appointed by Eskom to chair a disciplinary hearing convened to consider charges levelled against Abram Masango, the power utility’s group executive for group capital, has found Masango not guilty of the charges levelled against him. Masango was placed on suspension on 15 November 2017, and was already on suspension when the […]

Why is energy efficiency still on the to-do list?

Energy efficiency, which has been defined as “the best and cheapest way to reduce CO2 emissions and use the least amount of electricity to achieve a desired result” and is often viewed as an obvious cost-saving option in an industrial or commercial operation, is frequently not implemented in South Africa. The National Energy Act of […]

Cosatu rejects above-inflation tariff hikes to bail out “drug addict” Eskom

Granting Eskom above-inflation tariff hikes is like feeding bailout addictions of a drug addict, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) was told. Nersa is holding public hearings over the next three weeks, relating to Eskom’s application for the regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance for three years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17). The amount comes to […]

Inside the “coal supply emergency” at Eskom…

Credible reports are being received of alarming coal supply problems at numerous Eskom coal-fired power stations in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The reports indicate that the situation has become so serious that Eskom’s primary energy division has recommended to the utility’s new generation head, Thava Govender, that a coal supply emergency be declared. This follows information […]

Addressing the challenges of electricity supply in Africa

The energy sector is undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Digital technology and small scale embedded generation are becoming more common in electrical systems, leaving traditional power utilities with many unanswered questions. Perhaps the most important question is how this energy revolution can be used to address the severe energy poverty that exists in many parts […]

Three PV plants totalling 258 MW to achieve financial close

Norwegian Scatec Solar ASA (SSO) and partners are expecting to achieve financial close for three solar PV plants in South Africa totalling 258 MW. In April 2015, Scatec Solar was awarded preferred bidder status for the three projects in Upington in the fourth bidding round under the REIPPP. Construction start is expected in the third […]

Signing of PPAs removes uncertainty, creates job opportunities

Speaking at the signing of the outstanding power-producer’s agreements (PPAs) in Pretoria recently, the minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, said that South Africa has passed the period of uncertainty, not only for the renewable energy industry, but also for private sector investment in the energy sector. Radebe said that the procurement of 27 new projects is […]