Posts tagged as electricity

Register today for the CIGRE Southern Africa regional conference

With less than 2 months to go for the joint ninth CIGRE Southern Africa Regional Conference and CIGRE Study Committee B4 international colloquium in Johannesburg, it is vital to register now. The conference will provide a platform for discussions between electric utilities, regulators, manufacturers and suppliers, universities, standardisation bodies, research laboratories and authorities on topics related […]

“Don’t do anything foolish”, Eskom tells learners

Eskom recently launched its new “ska baiza” campaign which is aimed at educating communities about the safe use of electricity. Derived from everyday South African “township lingo”, “U-ska baiza” means “don’t do anything foolish”. Eskom will spread this message across the country during August, actively engaging schools and communities to ensure that the safe use […]

On the brink of a death spiral

With debt approaching R450-billion and an operating deficit of R20,7-billion for the 2018/2019 financial year, and the utility being unable to cover its operational and debt-servicing costs with revenue from sales of electricity, Eskom is on the brink of a death spiral. This is the implication from the figures presented at Eskom’s recent Integrated Results […]

Global shift to renewable power growing steadily, report shows

Progress in renewables remains concentrated in the power sector, while far less growth has occurred in heating, cooling and transport. The year 2018 saw a relatively stable market for renewable energy technologies. A total of 181 GW of renewable power was added, a consistent pace compared to 2017, and the number of countries integrating high […]

Flexibility from the Carolinas to South Africa

Among the biggest challenges for flexible operations is to determine how long a power plant can run at a lower level without incurring damage or increasing costs. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is helping Duke Energy and Eskom to fine-tune power plants for lower loads and other flexible modes.  Duke Energy, based in Charlotte, […]

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 […]