Posts tagged as Eskom

Air quality regulations – playing the numbers game with power stations

Recent media reports about Eskom’s plans to reduce its generating capacity to comply with the requirements of the minimum emission standards (MES) of the air quality act have caused concern about an already strained generation fleet. This article looks at some of the issues raised about the efficacy of compliance with new standards. Download the […]

Solar farm supplies power onto the grid

  De Aar Solar Power is exporting power into the De Aar Municipality’s power grid. In the event of a power outage due to scheduled maintenance by Eskom, or perhaps a fault on the line, the company will be able to supply power to the town and surroundings areas. During the commissioning process, the inverters […]

Minister bids farewell to utility’s GCE

  Malusi Gigaba, the minister of public enterprises, has noted the resignation of Eskom’s group chief executive Brian Dames whose last day of service is 31 March 2014. The minister has directed the board to expedite the recruitment process to find a suitable successor to ensure a smooth transition. Dames led Eskom when the company […]

Electricity supply situation

  The circumstances that resulted in Eskom declaring a system emergency on 20 November 2013 continue to cause the system to be severely constrained. Although the company continues to assure the public that it has sufficient generating capacity, it is well known that the utility regularly relies on its open cycle gas turbines to meet […]

49M congratulates eta awards winners

  Andrew Etzinger, spokesperson for 49M, said that the organisation commends the winners for their innovation and commitment to energy efficiency, and that the quality of entries indicated that South Africans were heeding the call to reduce their energy consumption. This year’s submissions ranged from an innovative smokeless stove, designed for use by those without […]

A new CEO of what? Reflections on Eskom’s leadership dilemma…

  by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers On 5 December 2013, Eskom announced the resignation of its CEO, Brian Dames, three years after he assumed the position following the controversial axing of the previous CEO, Jacob Maroga, who also held the position for only three years. Whatever the reasons for their early departures, clearly […]

The Jacob Marley column: All right on the night

  Sir Ever since the resignation of Eskom CEO Brian Dames was announced, the country has been abuzz with all manner of concerns. Most prominent amongst these relate either to jumping or pushing, or wondering about timing. Also questions about achievements past and present, of course, legacy and, lest we forget, the size of the […]

A call to unbundle Eskom

by John Whybrow This article examines the generation and distribution of electricity in this present volatile environment, and proposes that Eskom should be unbundled, as was recommended in 2010 by a former CEO, into two separate entities which together comprise the utility’s core business. There is good reason for separating generation from distribution, and in […]

A quarter of a century of electrification – part one

  by Jac Messerschmidt, Pr. Eng. “In times of need, vision separates real leaders from the rest” – Anonymous The slogan “electricity for all” was first used in 1988, and in the same year the first electrification joint venture was created in the Eastern Cape. Over the next twenty-five years, this initiative grew to bring […]

Energy efficient HVACs can use up to 50% less electricity than energy intensive systems

HVACs are subjected to more misuse than any other type of equipment, and controlling how and when it is operated can save significant amounts of electricity. Implementing the following easy guidelines– and asking staff to support this energy efficiency intervention – can make a significant contribution towards optimising energy usage in buildings and facilities, and […]