Little-known tax incentives boost business case for renewable energy

. South Africa’s government, energy regulator and Eskom have often been criticised for obstructing the introduction of distributed, small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) which would help businesses to cut costs and ensure the stability of their power supply during load shedding. But in fact there are significant and far-sighted tax breaks which have been put in […]

How the renewable energy industry can improve our quality of life

The renewable energy industry, in addition to providing access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy, can improve people’s quality of life by helping to mitigate climate change, alleviate poverty, fight hunger, increase access to healthcare, education, and clean water, and protect life on land and in water.  The Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a […]

Nedbank and EE Publishers seminar: Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA

. Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: “Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA” This is the 3rd in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Wednesday 18 September 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, […]

Constitutional Court ruling ushers in new era for energy regulation in South Africa

A recent judgment of South Africa’s Constitutional Court involving the country’s energy regulator signals a new found willingness by the courts to scrutinise the way regulators set prices and tariffs. This added level of regulatory accountability can only bode well for major sectors of South Africa’s economy that are subject to economic regulation. The statutory […]

The crisis at Kusile and the titanic Eskom continues…

. Eleven years after construction started on Eskom’s massive 4800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, not one of its six 800 MW generator units is currently delivering power into the grid. Construction started at Kusile in 2008, and all six generation units were planned to be in commercial service by […]

Carbon tax: The next steps – practical implementation and mitigating actions

Carbon tax came into effect on 1 June 2019 as part of the government’s drive to reduce carbon emissions and comply with its promises and commitments on climate change. Phase 1 of the tax sees carbon emissions taxed at a rate of R120/t of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), and with the various allowances considered, the […]

Is loadshedding imminent? – Ask the weatherman

We should be grateful we’re having a mild winter. Without the power received from the independently owned and operated renewable energy-sourced power stations we’d be in the dark – or facing serious loadshedding events right now. Since we are not experiencing loadshedding at present,  some may believe that Eskom’s power stations are on the mend […]