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Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Dr Bischof-Niemz is one of the authors of a book titled 'South Africa’s Energy Transition', which offers a roadmap to a decarbonised, low-cost and job-rich energy future.

He was the founding head of the CSIR Energy Centre and previously worked for Eskom on the Integrated Resource Plan. He is currently CEO of ENERTRAG South Africa – tobias@bischof-niemz.de

Opinion: Why should SA’s post-Covid-19 stimulus incorporate a big green-energy component?

24th April 2020 Governments around the world are grappling with ways to reignite their economies and limit the duration of recessions precipitated by the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. South Africa is no different. Naturally, the first response of the South African authorities has been to direct limited... 

Why should SA’s post-Covid-19 stimulus incorporate a big green-energy component?

24th April 2020 Governments around the world are grappling with ways to reignite their economies and limit the duration of recessions precipitated by the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. South Africa is no different. Naturally, the first response of the South African authorities has been to direct limited... 

Opinion: Could coal miners be incentivised to support the transition to renewables?

20th March 2020 Coal, which has been the workhorse of South Africa’s electricity system for generations, will continue to play a significant role for years to come. Those coal-fired power stations that remain in operation will also need to secure continued supplies of the energy mineral and Eskom has expressed a... 

Could coal miners be incentivised to support the transition to renewables?

20th March 2020 Coal, which has been the workhorse of South Africa’s electricity system for generations, will continue to play a significant role for years to come. Those coal-fired power stations that remain in operation will also need to secure continued supplies of the energy mineral and Eskom has expressed a... 

Opinion: How can SA avoid high costs and great regret when procuring emergency power?

7th February 2020 When released in October, the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) highlighted that South Africa would face an electricity capacity shortfall of between 2 000 and 3 000 Megawatts (MW) for the coming three years, as well as relatively modest energy deficits (measured in Gigawatt-hours, or GWh)... 

How can SA avoid high costs and great regret when procuring emergency power?

7th February 2020 When released in October, the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) highlighted that South Africa would face an electricity capacity shortfall of between 2 000 and 3 000 Megawatts (MW) for the coming three years, as well as relatively modest energy deficits (measured in Gigawatt-hours, or GWh)... 

Is land a constraint to a renewables-led energy system in South Africa?

24th January 2020 When the question arises as to what South Africa’s most abundant source of energy is, the usual answer is coal. South Africa has built almost its entire electricity system, as well as a good portion of its liquid-fuels industry, on the back of its plentiful reserves of coal. Furthermore, it is... 

Opinion: Is land a constraint to a renewables-led energy system in South Africa?

24th January 2020 When the question arises as to what South Africa’s most abundant source of energy is, the usual answer is coal. South Africa has built almost its entire electricity system, as well as a good portion of its liquid-fuels industry, on the back of its plentiful reserves of coal. Furthermore, it is... 

Opinion: Why is SA in sweet spot for global corporate-led decarbonisation projects?

6th December 2019 Several large multinationals, such as Google and Amazon, are actively procuring renewable energy as part of efforts to transition their operations away from fossil fuels. Typically, these companies are seeking to take physical delivery of the clean energy produced by wind and solar plants to... 

Why is SA in sweet spot for global corporate-led decarbonisation projects?

6th December 2019 Several large multinationals, such as Google and Amazon, are actively procuring renewable energy as part of efforts to transition their operations away from fossil fuels. Typically, these companies are seeking to take physical delivery of the clean energy produced by wind and solar plants to... 

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