Posts tagged as Loadshedding

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 […]

Can we expect loadshedding this winter?

  I am frequently asked whether we can expect any loadshedding this winter. That is a difficult question to answer because interruptions in the electricity supply are not always caused by loadshedding. Although Brian Molefe, Eskom’s CEO, and Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, have repeatedly stated that loadshedding is unlikely this winter, interruptions […]

Ingula synchronised to the national grid

  Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, says that Unit 3 of the Ingula storage pump scheme was synchronised to the national electricity grid on 6 March 2016. Eskom’s Ingula storage pump scheme, which is being built on the escarpment of the Little Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, is designed to provide 1332 MW to the […]

First half of 2015 sees huge cost savings from renewable energy

  A second independent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) found that renewable energy from South Africa’s first wind and solar (photovoltaic) projects created R4-billion more financial benefits to the country than they cost during the first six months of 2015. The full presentation may be downloaded here The study is […]

Applicability of solar PV for rooftops

  There is a lot of chatter about whether to put “this solar thing” on rooftops. Often, however, the full impact of such an intervention is not understood, and so the differences between the solar options should first be clarified. Solar thermal applications are energy saving (reduction of electricity consumption) where radiation is converted to […]

Energize Inbox, May 2015

re: Power ships: a real solution to South Africa’s short-term energy needs Our winning letter Sir The power ships article published on the Energize website on 20 April 2015, and now on page 20 of this issue of Energize, refers. In 2006 I was with RMB and we were part funders for the AES Lagos […]