Posts tagged as Eskom

Analysis paralysis over South Africa’s IRP for electricity presents massive economic risk

. It has been four months now since the release of the Department of Energy’s latest draft Integrated Resource Plan for electricity (Draft IRP 2018) for public comment on 27 August 2018, and two months since the closing date for public comments on 25 October 2018. So where’s Wally? Initially energy minister Jeff Radebe indicated […]

How to deal with Eskom’s ever-rising electricity tariffs

. Eskom has applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for a 15% tariff increase from 1 April 2019 for three consecutive years compounded, on top of a 4,5% RCA price increase already awarded by NERSA for this date, and further RCA applications in the pipeline. The power utility is facing dire […]

Eskom engages stakeholders on its revenue application 

Eskom has explained the power utility’s rationale for its average annual electricity increase application of 15% for three years under the fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) and Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance application for 2018 to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The presentation was made to stakeholders attending the Cape Town leg […]

Quo vadis Eskom?

The South African economy relies on the availability of a reliable, affordable and adequate supply of electricity. Economic growth is thus dependent upon the success of Eskom as its prime supplier of electricity. The power utility’s leaders are working to improve its performance, but are they moving the utility in the right direction? In a […]

The use of robots in the maintenance of overhead lines

Strategic assets, such as electricity transmission grids, must be operated in a safe, predictable and reliable way. To do so, best practices in the operation and maintenance of transmission networks must evolve to respond to the changing context of pressured grid operators: operation and maintenance standards, laws and regulations, increasing loads, commercial exchanges, etc. This […]

Foreign loan for infrastructure upgrade

Eskom and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed a R1,5-billion loan agreement to support the electricity utility’s investments in extending and strengthening its power transmission grid along the west coast of South Africa. This loan constitutes the first tranche of a R6,5-billion multi-tranche loan facility signed between the two institutions in March 2017. The […]

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer explains…

. A refreshing openness by Eskom’s new management was demonstrated yesterday in an exclusive interview with Eskom COO Mr Jan Oberholzer by EE Publishers. The interview followed dramatic developments in the operations of Eskom this year, including the decline in the utility’s generation plant performance, shortages of coal at power stations in Mpumalanga, the return […]

Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?

Eskom has repeatedly said that the shortage of coal at some power stations, together with breakdowns resulting from previously deferred maintenance, has resulted in the power utility having less power generation capacity than what is needed to meet the country’s demand. To protect the system from total collapse, we have been told, the utility needs at […]

Were corrupt officials behind Eskom’s policy of coal from 51% black-owned mines?

When Eskom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza stated that everybody is to blame for the current load shedding last week, there was quite a reaction. The week before, at Eskom’s interim results presentation, he made another strange statement that went mostly unnoticed. Mabuza told journalists and analysts that Eskom doesn’t have a policy that coal suppliers must be majority […]

Correction issued regarding Eskom’s RCA recovery

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has published its Reasons for Decision (RfD) documents on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for Year 2 (2014/15), Year 3 (2015/16) and Year 4 (2016/17) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3). On 14 June 2018, the regulator approved a total RCA balance of R32,69-billion for […]