Posts tagged as electricity

Transmission and distribution network grows

  Frost and Sullivan reports that Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, members of the East African Power Pool (EAPP), have embarked on regional interconnection projects in order to enhance the region’s transmission and distribution network. This is expected to foster cooperation between the countries and develop economic growth. Several major projects are underway including the US$1,26-billion, […]

Procurement models applied to IPP programmes in South Africa

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is largely viewed as a positive and innovative programme. We need a base-load procurement model that builds on the successes of the REIPPPP and extends these to base-load IPPs. Eskom’s future financial health presents a significant risk to procurement of renewables, thermal base-load and nuclear […]

Industrial power and energy savings initiatives in South Africa

  The electricity crisis of 2008 sparked an unprecedented interest in electrical energy efficiency. In the previous era of the cheapest electricity in the world and an abundant supply, little attention was paid to efficiency of electricity usage. The crisis resulted in numerous initiatives by government, the utility, industry associations and consumers, all aimed at […]

Falling electricity demand makes solar uptake more noticeable

  The long-held belief that electricity consumption would continue to grow is being challenged in a number of mature economies in the past few years. Since WWII, electricity demand growth has persistently fallen relative to growth rate of GDP in nearly all mature economies. Fig. 1 illustrates the negative growth in electricity use in the […]

Eskom shake-up on the cards…

  Shortly after new minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, read Eskom Generation the riot act at the 2014 Eskom financial results presentation on 11 July 2014, there are signs that a significant shake-up is on the cards at Eskom. Mike Rossouw, former general manager engineering at Richards Bay Minerals, group executive strategy and risk […]

Toward universal energy access: Designing a new household electrification strategy for SA

  Over the past two decades, South Africa has achieved a significant level of electrification: 76% of all households now have access to largely grid-connected power, up from 34% in 1994. Despite successes, the country’s Department of Energy (DoE) and its delivery partners face several barriers to electrifying the remaining backlog of 3,4-million households. In […]

Some perspectives on getting the electricity industry back in business

  While Eskom is struggling to keep the lights on and all electricity stakeholders are familiar with the challenges around coal supplies, schedule delays at Medupi and Kusile, and unprecedented levels of breakdowns on Eskom’s ageing fleet, there is a debate getting lost in the noise on where the industry is supposed to be heading. […]

How electricity could unite Africa

  Electricity supply constraints are a significant hurdle to future growth, but a regional approach using market mechanisms will go a long way to addressing electricity shortfalls and to reduce expenditure on wasteful projects, to the benefit of electricity consumers and economies in the whole region.  Despite all the efforts, Africa’s quest for unity has […]

Electricity problems converge as the outgoing Eskom CEO departs

We bid farewell to Brian Dames, the outgoing CEO of Eskom, after his last day at the utility yesterday. With the earlier departure of former Eskom financial director, Paul O’Flaherty, and head of communications, Hilary Joffe, this signals the end of an era – short though it was, at about four years. While Dames’ departure […]

Crisis? What crisis?

  by Hannes Roos, AMEU Most South Africans are inconvenienced by power interruptions at some time, and may believe that there is a crisis in the supply of electricity, but are unsure what caused it, where it is, or what can be done about it.  Wikipedia describes a “crisis” as any event that is, or is […]