Posts tagged as electricity

Cutting energy costs with microgrids

As South Africans suffer another round of power interruptions, imposed upon them by the national power utility which is unable to generate sufficient electricity to keep the lights on, advanced technology offers a realistic, affordable and environmentally-friendly solution. Six months ago, Energize visited Eaton’s factory in Wadeville, Germiston, to see a sophisticated microgrid which had […]

Potential impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa

For as long as markets have existed, businesses and industries have been disrupted by new technology. While the shape of decline has looked different in each industry, every structural change or “transition” has resulted in losses which have impacted investors, banks, workers and government. Transitions associated with climate change pose great risks to established economic […]

Least-cost integrated resource planning with cost-optimal climate change mitigation

The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre recently undertook an alternative technical assessment of South Africa’s electricity future to inform debate on IRP 2018, South Africa’s latest electricity plan, which is due to be released shortly. The authors used a similar modelling methodology, with the addition of an economic model to account for key […]

The advantages of corporate power producer agreements

Baker McKenzie, a specialist global law firm based in Johannesburg, hosted a seminar recently which considered the benefits of corporate power producers’ agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) in South Africa. Principal benefits for corporates include protection from load-shedding, the ever-increasing tariffs, unreliable electricity supply, compliance to clean energy and low emission targets, and […]

Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019

. After several delays, the Draft IRP2019, updated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to incorporate the comments arising from the public participation process which closed on 26 October 2018, was finally submitted to Nedlac on 6 March 2019. This now enables Nedlac to commence its work of reviewing the Updated Draft IRP2019 and making […]

Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist

If you counted every hair on your head, that amount probably will not add up to the amount of times you have read and heard about the causes of the Eskom crisis. Corruption and state capture have been identified as the bedrock reasons why South Africans have been thrown into darkness over the past two […]

Is Eskom-controlled load-shedding the best way of balancing electrical supply and demand?

After a life-time of self-imposed exile, providing consultancy services to utilities and government institutions around the world, and occasionally re-visiting South Africa, I detected a noticeable improvement in mood. People are happy and content; business confidence and international co-operation is up. Had South Africa turned the corner? Anything was better than the shambles of Brexit. […]

Nedbank and EE Publishers’ energy and ICT infrastructure seminars in 2019

A dialogue to unlock the economic and human potential of South Africa Co-hosted by: Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a series of morning seminars on important infrastructure issues facing the energy and ICT sectors in South Africa. DATES: See below for the date of each seminar TIMES: 09h00 to 13h30, with a networking finger […]