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Outa not done with Eskom tariff hike challenge

By: News24Wire      1st April 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said Thursday’s court decision to dismiss with costs its urgent application to interdict Eskom from implementing the approved tariff increase by 9.4% on April 1 2016 would not deter them. “Setting aside the urgency of our application does not in any way... 

Indian govt aims to lower electricity tariffs

By: Ajoy K Das     2nd September 2015 The Indian government is proposing changes to its coal allocation policy to ensure that consumers benefit from lower electricity tariffs. According to a senior official in the Coal Ministry, the government’s long-term objective was to shift from the current negotiated fuel supply agreements... 

Obama in political, legal storm with new power rules

By: News24Wire      5th August 2015 President Barack Obama launched the first-ever climate rules for US power plants Monday, calling for sweeping reductions in carbon emissions and provoking protests from the mining industry and Congress. The new rules dictate an overall reduction in heat-trapping gasses of 32% below 2005 levels by... 

Eskom cannot be saved without delving into the root causes of its struggles 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th June 2015 As trade unions and civil society gear up to tackle South Africa’s electricity crisis from a worker and community standpoint, former Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi weighed in on what he believed needed to be done to save South Africa’s ailing State-owned... 

CIL incremental production to be offered under auctioned supply linkages

By: Ajoy K Das     29th May 2015 In a bid to placate opposition, India’s Coal Ministry has proposed that only incremental coal produced by Coal India Limited (CIL) would be earmarked for supplies through auctioned linkages to user industries. According to a proposal firmed up by an inter-Ministerial committee, user industries... 

India to use domestic coal price to determine value of auctioned coal blocks

By: Ajoy K Das     8th December 2014 The Indian government is likely to use the domestic coal price as a benchmark to establish the net prevent value (NPV), or current value, of the coal blocks going on auction, based on future earning potential. The floor price would be based on the NPV of each block and by benchmarking the blocks... 

Nonstrategic assets 'engagement' as Cabinet endorses Eskom injection

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2014 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene reported on Monday that nonstrategic government assets had been identified within various government departments that could be used to support an equity injection into the financially strained State-owned electricity producer, Eskom. The Minister refused to disclose... 

How embedded electricity generation could shake up the system 

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2014 With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot cheaper over the past couple of years... 

How embedded electricity generation could shake up the system

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2014 With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot cheaper over the past couple of years... 

Eskom reiterates its warning of ‘tight’ system 

By: Natalie Greve     24th January 2014 Parastatal Eskom has reiterated its caution that the national electricity system will remain tight until new generating capacity comes on stream and essential generation maintenance is completed. In its biweekly system status bulletin on Thursday, the utility appealed to electricity consumers to... 

Emerging miner fund forms key pillar of Eskom’s coal-cliff solution

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2013 State electricity producer Eskom reports that it is working on a comprehensive response to what is being termed a ‘coal supply cliff’, which could result in yearly shortfalls of up to 40-million tons from 2018, as existing medium-term contracts expire and production at some of the older tied... 

Eskom sees transformation potential as it works on coal-cliff solutions 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2013 State electricity producer Eskom reports that it is working on a comprehensive response to what is being termed a ‘coal supply cliff’, which could result in yearly shortfalls of up to 40-million tons from 2018, as existing medium-term contracts expire and production at some of the older tied... 

Power utility undertakes delayed maintenance this winter, public assistance crucial 

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th May 2013 This winter, South Africans are urged, more than ever, to reduce their electricity use, as State-owned power utility Eskom undertakes long-duration planned maintenance, which began last month and will continue through August, to ensure the long-term sustainability of its power plant.  

Transmission network aims to provide reliable and stable power for SA

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th May 2013 The South African electricity transmission system faces the challenge of not only having to continuously keep up with the plans outlined in the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010 but also having to ensure that there are reliable and stable power transmission networks... 

Questions and warnings on Eskom’s push for standalone investment grade rating

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2013 “Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts,” CS Lewis once said. “But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” South Africans have done much crying over the past few years as electricity prices surged and even more tears were shed during the recent... 

Transmission projects play critical role in distribution of future generation capacity

By: Gia Costella     8th February 2013 Electrical component suppliers ARB Electrical Wholesalers, a member of JSE-listed ARB Holdings, is set to play a significant role in the distribution of power generated by State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers (IPPs), particularly those participating in the Renewable... 

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