No more load-shedding?

According to the minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, Eskom has committed itself to keeping the lights on this winter by adding additional generating units to the grid and limiting the amount of generating capacity lost to unplanned outages. Speaking to a large media contingent at a hurriedly arranged media briefing at the Lethabo power […]

Nero fiddles, while the prospect of load shedding in South Africa continues

. Electricity customers and the public in South Africa experienced Stage 2 (2000 MW) manual rotating load shedding in late 2018 and Stage 4 (4000 MW) in February and March 2019. However, while Nero fiddles the prospect of further load shedding is set to continue in the months ahead. But there seems little sign that […]

Energy association makes changes at the top

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) has announced the appointment of a new chair and a new secretary-general. Kiren Maharaj will take over the reigns from Brian Statham after his tenure as the secretary-general of SANEA from 2000 to 2006 and as executive chairman from March 2007 – 2019. Wendy Poulton has been […]

Company celebrates 100 years, opens new HQ

Cummins, a 100-year old corporation of complementary business units which design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions, launched its state-of-the-art premises in Waterfall City, Midrand recently. Dubbed the “Power Hub” the facility demonstrates the company’s confidence in the Southern African region and supports the company’s aspiration to be Africa’s preferred power […]

Energy transition in doubt as affordability, sustainability stall

The world’s energy systems have become less affordable and are no more environmentally sustainable than they were five years ago. While access to energy has substantially improved, with less than one billion people now living without access to electricity, concerns over affordability and equity of energy transition are increasing. The Energy Transition Index (ETI)  in […]

Minister says regional energy projects “essential” for growth and prosperity

Speaking at the recent DLO Africa Power Roundtable 2019 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said that regional energy projects and a just transition to a low-carbon economy are essential for the region’s growth and prosperity. The integration and interconnection of the sub-region, with power and trade initiatives, will improve […]

Potential impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa

For as long as markets have existed, businesses and industries have been disrupted by new technology. While the shape of decline has looked different in each industry, every structural change or “transition” has resulted in losses which have impacted investors, banks, workers and government. Transitions associated with climate change pose great risks to established economic […]

Least-cost integrated resource planning with cost-optimal climate change mitigation

The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre recently undertook an alternative technical assessment of South Africa’s electricity future to inform debate on IRP 2018, South Africa’s latest electricity plan, which is due to be released shortly. The authors used a similar modelling methodology, with the addition of an economic model to account for key […]