Owning our energy future

  At a recent conference in Cape Town I was asked to address the load shedding of 6 March this year and the dire consequences for the South African economy and investor confidence. My response was that there are two ways we can view the South African power sector. On the one hand you could […]

Priorities for our new minister of energy

  Tina Joemat-Pettersson faces a daunting task as South Africa’s new energy minister. She will be the seventh energy minister since the advent of democracy in 1994 (on average, ministers have occupied the position for less than three years). None have truly put their stamp on the sector and the challenges the new minister faces […]

Some perspectives on getting the electricity industry back in business

  While Eskom is struggling to keep the lights on and all electricity stakeholders are familiar with the challenges around coal supplies, schedule delays at Medupi and Kusile, and unprecedented levels of breakdowns on Eskom’s ageing fleet, there is a debate getting lost in the noise on where the industry is supposed to be heading. […]

Crisis? What crisis?

  by Hannes Roos, AMEU Most South Africans are inconvenienced by power interruptions at some time, and may believe that there is a crisis in the supply of electricity, but are unsure what caused it, where it is, or what can be done about it.  Wikipedia describes a “crisis” as any event that is, or is […]

The IRP revisited: Energy modelling in our new reality

  by Johan van den Berg, SAWEA The Integrated Resource Plan is the twenty year energy blueprint that determines broadly the energy mix of the country for the long term. But does it reflect a fundamentally transformed energy reality? Wind energy was procured in Round 3 of the REIPPPP process at an average of 74c/kWh, while […]

How to be smart about smart

by Rob Stephen The advent over the past ten years or so of intelligent devices which can be deployed on the electrical generation and distribution system has led to many benefits or potential benefits being considered. As a result large investments in so-called smart devices has taken place in many utilities with varying degrees of […]

Celebrating a renewable success

by Davin Chown, SAPVIA It’s time for South Africa to celebrate a major win. With the announcement of the successful bidders in bid window 3 of the REIPPP behind us, we should reflect on what the renewable energy industry has achieved over the last two to three years through the REIPPP process. With close to […]