What is the real cost of new build?

  Although new build projects are coming on line this year, attention needs to be given to projects which need to be initiated in the near future, and decisions taken on the mix of new build. One of the issues clouding decisions on this issue is the cost of various options. This article takes a […]

Energize Inbox, April 2015

  re: Eskom must shed 1081 white engineers Sir The media recently reported that Eskom’s CEO said that the utility must shed 1081 white engineers in order to correct the demographics of the organisation. Although Eskom has backpedalled on these reports, following a statement by the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, it is clear that someone […]

The Jacob Marley column: A very ingenious plan

Sir My spirits were lifted recently when acquaintances of mine told me about a Very Ingenious Plan (VIP) to reform the electricity supply industry in this country. My acquaintances are not at liberty to divulge their sources, of course, but they claim they are impeccable. Indeed, they say, the evidence for the success of the […]

Energy professionals present conference outcomes to War Room

  The 2nd Electricity Conference of the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) was held was held on 25 March 2015, and was attended by 60 delegates, mainly from industry and the electricity sector. The conference was entitled: “Electricity, the Economy, War Rooms – is there hope at last?” Presenters at the conference included: Dr. Steve Lennon, […]

The first rule of waste to energy: Is it feasible?

  South Africa’s power supply is taking strain and with the country’s grid nearing peak demand, an intervention is needed. To this end, several alternatives are being explored but there is a growing need for more sustainable methods of power generation and demand side management.  According to the National Waste Information Baseline Report, of the […]

The electricity sector – understanding the drama and moving forward

  For too long government, Eskom and electricity customers have been complacent in the belief that the old way of doing things is adequate. The reality is quite different, and it is disingenuous for the president of South Africa to paint the picture that the electricity supply problems currently being experienced are primarily a result […]

VIDEO: Analysis on the suspension of the Eskom CEO and three senior executives

  Energy analyst Chris Yelland from EE Publishers speaks to Leigh Roberts of BusinessDay TV about how the decision of Eskom’s board to suspend four executives including CEO Tshediso Matona could hamper the rollout of new capacity, and other implications…

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 […]