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 […]

Were corrupt officials behind Eskom’s policy of coal from 51% black-owned mines?

When Eskom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza stated that everybody is to blame for the current load shedding last week, there was quite a reaction. The week before, at Eskom’s interim results presentation, he made another strange statement that went mostly unnoticed. Mabuza told journalists and analysts that Eskom doesn’t have a policy that coal suppliers must be majority […]

SAIEE appoints new CEO

The SAIEE has appointed Sicelo Xulu as its new CEO. He will taking over the reins form Stan Bridgens, who has held this position for more than 12 years. Sicelo Xulu is a fellow of the South African Institution of Energy Efficiency (SAIEE). He served as president of the AMEU from 2014 to 2016. Xulu […]

Correction issued regarding Eskom’s RCA recovery

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has published its Reasons for Decision (RfD) documents on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for Year 2 (2014/15), Year 3 (2015/16) and Year 4 (2016/17) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3). On 14 June 2018, the regulator approved a total RCA balance of R32,69-billion for […]

Hospitality group sets the standard for sustainability

A major sustainable milestone for Kenya’s tourism industry has recently been achieved, putting Serena Hotels at the forefront of Kenya’s most sought-after lodges and resorts which offer an eco-experience with the aid of solar PV. Not one, but four solar PV projects have been deployed for the Serena Hotels’ Lodges. Key players which brought the […]

Radebe replaces Necsa board over ‘defiance’ and ‘ineptitude’

. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the replacement or the chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and complete board of the Southern African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was warranted given its failures to exercise its fiduciary duties. The minister was speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Friday 7 december 2018. Necsa conducts research and development […]

Black company makes renewable energy history

A 100% black-owned company has made history in the highly competitive South African renewable energy industry by pioneering and leading the development of a large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) station that is now supplying electricity to Eskom’s severely constrained national grid. The R11-billion, 100 MW Ilanga CSP1 power station is the first of 92 large-scale […]