Posts tagged as Eskom

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. […]

The minister of energy on the status of electricity generation in South Africa

Following societal and industry concerns regarding what the Department of Energy’s decisions will be  with regard to the latest update to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) following public consultations and the public statements made by the leaders of certain political parties and labour unions, the minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, addressed the media regarding […]

The sorry state of air pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations

. With all the emphasis currently focused on Eskom’s financial and operational sustainability and future structure, the utility’s environmental performance and sustainability is inevitably neglected, and indeed has become the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the money gods. In October 2018, an analysis and study of Eskom’s own air pollution monitoring reports, commissioned by […]

SA takes important steps to solving its power crisis

South Africa’s power utility Eskom is on the brink of collapse. It owes foreign and local lenders more than R400-billion, it receives insufficient income from the sale of electricity to service its repayment commitments, is owed about R35-billion in overdue arrear debt by direct users and municipalities and is bogged down by two enormous “ill-designed” […]

Renewable energy IPP re-negotiation a clear breach of contract

The re-negotiation of terms with successful bidders of the first two rounds of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) would be a clear breach of contract and damaging to investor confidence says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) – an industry body which represents the interests of the majority of […]

Overcoming a culture of non-payment

A culture of non-payment for electrical services by community members is prevalent in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his recent State of the Nation address, said that this unwillingness to pay for services – which extends beyond electrical services – was a serious problem which the government will have to address urgently. Eskom’s chief […]

Why South Africa’s energy generator is in so much trouble

Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa’s many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It’s the single largest threat to South Africa’s economy, according to a former minister of finance. Wits Business School’s Adjunct Prof. Rod Crompton explains why this is the case and what can be done. […]