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Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has alleged that Eskom consultants Trillian Capital Partners have been “dabbling” in derivatives and losing billions of rands in the process. “Trillian has been dabbling in derivatives with our public money, racking up losses of R27-billion,” Outa... 

Evidence of blatant corruption at Eskom unpacked at Parliament’s inquiry into State capture

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has kicked off its inquiry into alleged State capture with a report revealing “overwhelming evidence of grand corruption”, governance failure and a stream of irregularities at Eskom, South Africa’s largest State-owned entity. Research... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has started its keenly awaited inquiry into allegations of State capture, with a warning that key witnesses will not be allowed to shy away from appearing before Parliament. “We have a right to subpoena a witness if we think that witness has... 

Big opportunity for change amid renewables-led disruption

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Eskom’s unsustainable business model in need of proactive reform – Eberhard

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom is stuck in a “classic utility death spiral” that many power companies worldwide face as the pressure to adopt new business models and proactively reform increases. Eskom’s need for higher tariffs to offset declining electricity sales amid ever-rising costs is... 

Eskom inquiry reference book published

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2017 Professor Anton Eberhard and Catrina Godinho have published ‘The Eskom Inquiry Reference Book' as an aid to the upcoming Parliamentary inquiry into so-called State capture at the power utility. The inquiry by the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises is due to kick off later this month. It... 

Energy sector has opportunity to change amid ‘disruptive moment’ caused by renewables

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

‘Significant implications’ for design of African power markets as renewables prices fall

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2017 Recent renewable energy price reductions, together with sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) formidable solar and wind resources, have made solar and wind technologies the cheapest sources of power in several countries, which carries significant implications, a newly published academic paper argues, for... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a “genuine competitive tender for a fixed-price contract”, or simply a process... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Conference to address water woes in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     29th January 2016 Water use and preservation will be a strong focus for the sixteenth African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition that will be held on May 17 to 19 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Towards growing African economies: Addressing the African power and water sectors

     4th January 2016 The 16th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition returns to Cape Town from 17-19 May 2016 will be a gathering of some 6000 engineers, stakeholders and solution providers from around the globe. The event will feature 250 exhibitors, over 220 speakers, a... 

Is there a plan? 

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2015 There has been scant information flow out of South Africa’s electricity war room, which was set up in December to deal with the country’s power crisis. It was interesting, therefore, to hear a recent report back from Professor Anton Eberhard, who has access to the war room by virtue of his... 

War room sees recovery in coal-fleet performance as ‘number one priority’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2015 South Africa’s electricity war room, set up in December to deal with the country’s power crisis, views the recovery in the performance of Eskom’s coal power stations as its “number-one priority”, with the deterioration in the fleet’s energy availability factor (EAF) determined to be largely to... 

Ramaphosa moves to share war room developments with business 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team of high-powered advisers have at last started to take steps to communicate developments at the hitherto opaque electricity ‘war room’. Ramaphosa met with members of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) at the Union Buildings on Friday to brief them... 

Eskom confirms Kusile Unit 1 sync slips to H1 2017 

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2015 Embattled power utility Eskom, which has been experiencing major delays and cost overruns at its two coal-fired megaprojects Medupi and Kusile, gave an assurance on Thursday that the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6 is only weeks away, with pipe restoration work between the boiler and the turbine... 

SA meets more nuclear vendors amid ‘costly diversion’ criticism 

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2014 The Department of Energy (DoE) confirmed on Wednesday that the second nuclear vendor parade workshop, which took place at a venue in the Drakensberg, had been concluded with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US. The first such workshop, which was also held in the Drakensberg in... 

NPC moves to facilitate public-private power crisis ‘conversations’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2014 The National Planning Commission (NPC) is aiming to facilitate a series of “quiet conversations” between public and private stakeholders in the energy milieu in the coming months in an effort to unblock obstacles to greater private sector investment in the sector. Three commissioners – Professor... 

South Africa’s energy system on knife-edge – NPC commissioner  

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom is in very real danger of a ratings downgrade, with the energy system on knife-edge at the moment, warns Professor Anton Eberhard, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). South Africa has been plunged into an energy crisis, which Eberhard says is the... 

South African investors bulk financiers of renewable energy success 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2014 South Africa’s financial institutions have been instrumental in funding the bulk of the projects under the Department of Energy’s multibillion-rand Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), delegates heard at the Solar Indaba, in Sandton, on Friday. The REIPPPP... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

     10th October 2014 Eskom plans to announce the completion date of Medupi Unit 5 – the second 794 MW unit at the Limpopo power project – by the latest in March next year. 

Eskom still finalising interval between first and second Medupi units 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2014 State-owned electricity producer Eskom plans to announce the completion date of Medupi Unit 5 – the second 794 MW unit at the Limpopo power project – by the latest March next year, having indicated that the original commissioning interval of six months following the introduction of the first... 

Call made for commission of inquiry into South Africa’s power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd October 2014 A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reforming Eskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton Eberhard, who is professor of... 

Ah . . . fresh blood 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th August 2014 The appointment of news Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona has not resulted in a round of applause from the Eskom-watching fraternity – as far as I can see. City Press reported: “Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced in Parliament today that Matona would be at the helm of the power producer... 

Joemat-Pettersson will have to win over sceptics as she takes on big energy challenge

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2014 There is little doubt that Tina Joemat-Petterssen will have to work hard to gain the confidence and respect of the domestic energy sector, which greeted her appointment with a mixture of surprise and concern. President Jacob Zuma moved Joemat-Petterssen from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,... 

DoE aiming to release draft gas master plan this month

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2014 The South African government’s draft Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump) could be released for public comment in June, should the document receive sign-off during one of the early meetings of the new Cabinet, which was named by President Jacob Zuma on May 25. The document will provide a framework... 

Martins promises baseload, cogen IPP procurement programmes by March 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2014 Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins reported on Tuesday that a deadline of the end of March had been set by the Department of Energy (DoE) for the initiation of the long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer (IPP) projects. Addressing the media... 

Debating South Africa’s proposed new electricity blueprint 

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2014 Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to surface on the 20-year electricity... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up 

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2014 Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to surface on the 20-year electricity... 

Draft energy plan says nuclear decision can be delayed in light of demand slump

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2013 The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, in which a materially lower demand outlook is projected over the 20-year horizon. In fact, the update anticipates that 6 600 MW less capacity will be required by... 

IRP update cuts demand outlook, suggests nuclear decision be delayed 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd December 2013 The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, in which a materially lower demand outlook is projected over the 20-year horizon. In fact, the update anticipates that 6 600 MW less capacity will be required by... 

Increasing number of wind energy projects stimulates sector

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 The outlook of the wind energy sector in South Africa is positive, owing to the increasing number of wind farm projects being awarded through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), says University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business professor Anton... 

Eskom desperate – Alliance against Fracking

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2013 The push by Eskom for fracking to proceed in South Africa demonstrates just how desperate the parastatal is to escape the energy mess that it has created for the country. “We acknowledge the expertise of Eskom chief, Mr Brian Dames to comment on South Africa's energy mix but cannot support his... 

Strong agreement on need for power decisions, but not on outcomes

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa has already left it too late to meet the 2023 schedule for the introduction of the first new nuclear capacity in line with the Integrated Resource Plan’s (IRP’s) proposal for the addition of 9 600 MW of such production by 2030. It is also widely accepted that... 

Lack of Urgency?

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2013 As the Department of Energy (DoE) moves to revise South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity and finalise a larger Integrated Energy Plan to 2050, some are calling for South Africa’s electricity planning and investment paradigm to be overhauled, while others are calling for... 

United call for electricity decisions, but less accord on nature of future mix  

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa has already left it too late to meet the 2023 schedule for the introduction of the first new nuclear capacity in line with the Integrated Resource Plan’s (IRP’s) proposal for the addition of 9 600 MW of such production by 2030. It is also widely accepted that... 

Call made for major overhaul of SA’s electricity planning system 

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2013 South Africa’s prevailing electricity planning and investment paradigm has come in for sharp criticism from experts, who argue that a new, more responsive process is required to enable the country to adapt to changing circumstances, including changes to the demand trajectory. University of Cape... 

The changing face of power in Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2013 By Greg Nott Africa's energy landscape is rapidly changing. New gas- and oilfinds in countries outside the traditional resources footprint in North and West Africa have fuelled a flurry of activity among energy investors from Europe, China and India. The latest headline-grabbing news is President... 

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