Posts tagged as electricity

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 […]

SA nuclear industry sharply criticizes the IRP 2010-2030 Update Report 2013

  A comprehensive review commissioned by the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) is sharply critical of the draft Update Report 2013 of the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) 2010-2030 recently issued for comment by the South African Department of Energy (DoE).   The draft IRP 2010-2030  Update Report 2013 has not yet […]

Video: The state of energy in Africa

Following the recent IMF Annual Meeting, CNBC Africa hosted a special panel discussion and debate at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg to discuss South Africa’s role in the global energy market. The discussion focused on the state of energy in Africa and how the business sector is addressing these challenges and the implications of […]

Integrated resource plan for electricity 2010-2030: Update report

  Compiled by Mike Rycroft, features editor The DoE has issued the first update of the IRP 2010 which contains significant changes to the original plan. The plan has been issued for public comment and it is anticipated that it will be submitted to cabinet by March 2014. This article summarises some of the main […]

Solar PVs proliferate In Australia

  Electricity demand has fallen by 4,3% in Australia since 2009, but this cannot be blamed on the 2008 global financial crisis as Australia has actually prospered through the crisis. Moreover, according to Hugh Saddler, a consultant in Canberra, there is no reason to believe that this is a temporary phenomenon. Saddler identified four main factors, including energy […]

Eskom’s application to NERSA for review of the BHP Billiton electricity pricing agreements

by Chris Yelland, EE Publishers Johannesburg, 7 April 2013 In order to understand the application by Eskom to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for a review of the special electricity pricing agreements between Eskom and BHP Billiton for Hillside Potlines 1, 2 and 3, and the powers, authority and duties of the […]