Posts tagged as generation

Cloud-based monitoring system for standby generators

  Companies usually expect their standby generators to offer an uninterruptible supply of electricity. However, some generators are not inspected regularly or protected securely. This results in the generator not being able to supply electricity when needed. Cummins has launched a cloud-based remote monitor for use with its range of standby generators. The PC550 monitors […]

Electricity generation in SA: is the rebound sufficient?

  Compared to December 2015, electricity generation in November 2016 is on the rebound. However, it is still a far cry from the peak of early 2011. According to a new report from Stats SA, electricity generation peaked at just over 22 000 GWh in early 2011 and suffered a continual decline reaching a low point of […]

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, […]

Successful coal-based IPP bidders announced

  Tina Joematt-Pettersson, the minister of energy, has announced the successful bidders for the first coal-based independent power producer (IPP) programme. Coal is South Africa’s dominant energy source which provides 77% of the country’s energy needs. Environmental considerations and the increasing prevalence of extreme climate events compel the South African government to progressively reduce its […]

What’s the future for IPPs in South Africa?

  It is most unfair that Eskom now wants to ditch the coal-fired IPPs, when in fact they will be much more useful than the renewables. Moreover, it would be illuminating to see how much cheaper and faster IPP-owned coal-fired power stations can be commissioned than Eskom’s efforts. Coal IPPs should have been the first […]