Analysis paralysis over South Africa’s IRP for electricity presents massive economic risk

. It has been four months now since the release of the Department of Energy’s latest draft Integrated Resource Plan for electricity (Draft IRP 2018) for public comment on 27 August 2018, and two months since the closing date for public comments on 25 October 2018. So where’s Wally? Initially energy minister Jeff Radebe indicated […]

Minister of energy addresses learners in Limpopo

On School Energy Day and as part of the Department of Energy’s “back to school” programme, the minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, addressed learners who had gathered at Nzhelele, Makhado Multipurpose Centre, Biaba in Limpopo and donated shoes to them. The following is the minister’s speech to the learners. It is with a sense of […]

Eskom engages stakeholders on its revenue application 

Eskom has explained the power utility’s rationale for its average annual electricity increase application of 15% for three years under the fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) and Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance application for 2018 to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The presentation was made to stakeholders attending the Cape Town leg […]

The life-saving urgency of reducing air pollution

The severity of the impact of climate change on health is increasingly clear. A report tabled by the World Heath Organisation (WHO) following the recent COP24 meeting in Poland, presents important findings and makes vital recommendations.  The drivers of climate change – principally fossil fuel combustion – pose a heavy burden of disease, including a major […]

Coal 2018: Analysis and forecasts to 2023

Coal remains a major component of global fuel supplies, accounting for 27% of all energy used worldwide and making up 38% of electricity generation. It plays a crucial role in industries such as iron and steel. But concerns about air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions cloud the future of coal. This year’s annual IEA coal […]

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer explains…

. A refreshing openness by Eskom’s new management was demonstrated yesterday in an exclusive interview with Eskom COO Mr Jan Oberholzer by EE Publishers. The interview followed dramatic developments in the operations of Eskom this year, including the decline in the utility’s generation plant performance, shortages of coal at power stations in Mpumalanga, the return […]

Memo from chairman of Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes slams misinformation

. In a memo to staff today, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd chairman Dr Namane Magau slammed misinformation in certain media [apparently emanating from fired former Necsa chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and suspended former CEO Phumzile Tshelane] claiming that there are plans to somehow privatise NTP Radioisotopes (NTP). […]

Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?

Eskom has repeatedly said that the shortage of coal at some power stations, together with breakdowns resulting from previously deferred maintenance, has resulted in the power utility having less power generation capacity than what is needed to meet the country’s demand. To protect the system from total collapse, we have been told, the utility needs at […]