No power equals no water

  A general power blackout would affect the entire nation for anywhere between one and three weeks. This is because getting generators going again requires careful synchronisation and is a very slow process. Moreover, Eskom has no experience of handling this. Imagine one, two or three weeks without electricity! Forget about the inconvenience to your […]

Audio: Chris Yelland on the Eskom crisis and the way forward

  EE Publishers’ Chris Yelland speaks to Bruce Whitfield on the Radio 702/Cape Talk “Money Show” about Eskom’s War Room and 5-point plan to address the electricity crisis in South Africa. He discusses what the future holds in terms of load shedding; NERSA’s announcement that end-users will settle Eskom’s diesel bill by 2016; independent power […]

Energize Inbox, Jan/Feb 2015

re: Loadshedding and the cost of unserved energy Sir If one were to ask an iron and steel factory whether if it would be prepared to pay 50% more for reliable power versus a blackout, what would its answer be? Similarly, how would a country or national economy respond to this question? The answer to […]

The Jacob Marley column: In denial

  Sir Forgive me for me for being so forthright so early in the new year, but I thought it necessary to put in my tuppence worth about the terrible mess in which the electricity supply industry finds itself. As you know, and will not deny, that I wander about, wrapped in the chains of […]

The new world of energy: Digital, local and consumer focused

  The energy world is changing. From a concentrated and centralised system discovered in 1888, the energy system is evolving to a decentralised system with diverse energy generation sources. There are two main factors causing this transformation: the introduction of information technology (IT) in the energy sector, and the emergence of alternative energy generation sources […]

The future of electricity: Attracting investment to build tomorrow’s electricity sector 

  The electricity sector is undergoing an unprecedented transition. In the past, the sector provided affordable, secure and reliable electricity by attracting investors with low risk, stable returns. In the last decade, significant declines in the cost of renewable technologies, combined with new sources of natural gas, have offered the opportunity to simultaneously decarbonise the […]

Farewell to cheap electricity

  Cheap and abundant electricity supplied by the state-owned power utility Eskom was the underlying assumption of almost all South Africans for over a generation. This assumption, over the long term, as we now are seeing, is a faulty one and if the country is to get through its present crisis, then it will have […]

The importance of quality control in project management

  A misconception exists in project management in that quality is only applicable during the manufacture and installation of hardware. This is incorrect since comprehensive quality management in projects includes the entire development process and is inclusive of all disciplines during the project study and execution phases. Quality management in projects spans the entire project management […]

South Africa – truly on the horns of a trilemma

  South Africa’s energy system is a textbook illustration of the challenges outlined in the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) energy trilemma model, says Brian Statham, Chairman of South Africa’s WEC member committee. Finding a balance between energy equity, energy security and environmental sustainability is at the heart of the policy debate in both government and business […]