Eskom: from a crisis of capacity, to a crisis of rising prices, declining demand and funding

  An energy sector leader recently observed that the electricity crisis in South Africa is maturing (perhaps like cheese), from generation capacity issues, to issues of the electricity price, tariffs, the price elasticity of demand, and the capacity of Eskom to finance its generation, transmission and distribution activities. Amid the onset of regular load shedding in late 2014, a […]

Economic growth, leadership and energy

  The important role that coal has played in South Africa’s economic development is often downplayed in the modern world where fossil fuels are often denigrated.  The fact is that coal supplies over 70% of the country’s energy needs and over 90% of its electricity requirements. Although these percentages must and will decline in the […]

Why Eskom will not permit wholesale installation of grid-tied rooftop PV

  Recent pressures of supply constraints in South Africa and international trends of switching to cheaper environmentally friendly electricity supply options have led to the increasing deployment of renewable small-scale power generation to end users in bulk and at individual household level. This is referred to as embedded generation (EG). It is greatly encouraged through […]