Posts tagged as Eskom

A call to unbundle Eskom

by John Whybrow This article examines the generation and distribution of electricity in this present volatile environment, and proposes that Eskom should be unbundled, as was recommended in 2010 by a former CEO, into two separate entities which together comprise the utility’s core business. There is good reason for separating generation from distribution, and in […]

A quarter of a century of electrification – part one

  by Jac Messerschmidt, Pr. Eng. “In times of need, vision separates real leaders from the rest” – Anonymous The slogan “electricity for all” was first used in 1988, and in the same year the first electrification joint venture was created in the Eastern Cape. Over the next twenty-five years, this initiative grew to bring […]

Energy efficient HVACs can use up to 50% less electricity than energy intensive systems

HVACs are subjected to more misuse than any other type of equipment, and controlling how and when it is operated can save significant amounts of electricity. Implementing the following easy guidelines– and asking staff to support this energy efficiency intervention – can make a significant contribution towards optimising energy usage in buildings and facilities, and […]

Eskom and BHP Billiton dispute contract termination date

by Chris Yelland, Investigative Editor Differences in interpretation between Eskom and BHP Billiton in respect of the termination date of the electricity supply agreement for the Hillside Potline 1 and 2 aluminium smelters in Richards Bay, South Africa, could negatively impact Eskom’s balance sheet and income statement to the tune of billions of rands. Download […]

Dispute on contract termination date, with massive financial impacts for Eskom and BHP Billiton

by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers Johannesburg, 5 May 2013 Differences in interpretation between Eskom and BHP Billiton in respect of the termination date of the electricity supply agreement for the Hillside Potline 1 and 2 aluminium smelters in Richards Bay, South Africa, could negatively impact Eskom’s balance sheet and income statement to the […]

Eskom’s application to NERSA for review of the BHP Billiton electricity pricing agreements

by Chris Yelland, EE Publishers Johannesburg, 7 April 2013 In order to understand the application by Eskom to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for a review of the special electricity pricing agreements between Eskom and BHP Billiton for Hillside Potlines 1, 2 and 3, and the powers, authority and duties of the […]

Analysis of the structure of Eskom’s special electricity pricing deals with BHP Billiton

by Chris Yelland, EE Publishers Johannesburg, 24 March 2013 Since the Supreme Court of Appeal judgement on 15 March 2013 ordering Eskom to disclose the formulae by which the price of electricity to BHP Billiton’s Hillside and Mozal aluminium smelters is calculated, much has been written in general terms about the effective price per kWh currently […]

Eskom puts muscle into training young building energy auditors

The artisan and technical faculty of the Eskom Academy of Learning in Midrand, Johannesburg, has certified its first 33 building energy auditors after having successfully completed the rigorous year-long building energy auditors training programme (BEAT). The technicians, who hail from Soweto, Tembisa, Alexandra, Katlehong, Johannesburg and Pretoria, received their skills programme certificates from the ESETA […]

Living on the edge

by Mike Rycroft, editor Eskom has managed to pull us through the winter peak without a single unplanned blackout. Well done. But we are still running close to the edge, and failure of any energy sources could put us in the pit. This was achieved at a cost of shutdowns in industry, power by-backs etc., […]

How to write an annual report

Sir I offer these tips because a slew of annual reports from across the industry have made their appearance, and your erudite readers might, when perusing these tomes of information, like to have at their fingertips some analytical tools with which to delve into the often dense material to separate fact from fiction. Not that […]