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Nersa extends deadline for comment on Eskom’s move to reserve grid for public IPPs
Updated 6 hours ago By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has extended to June 17 the deadline for comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid capacity for independent power producers... 


Solar PV facilities made up 99 of the registrations, with total capacity of 499 MW and an investment cost of R9.9-billion
Nersa confirms registration of 105 more generators as overall number rises to 1 415
24th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it registered a further 105 generation facilities during the period from January to March 2024, raising to 1 415 the number of... 


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Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects
24th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly... 


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Plans for acceleration of Eskom’s transmission expansion falling into place – Scheppers
23rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers says he believes the “pieces are falling into place” that will allow the power utility to “ramp up and move faster” in expanding the country’s constrained... 


Eskom’s has applied for permission to reserve scarce grid capacity for IPPs participating in public procurement bidding rounds
Presidency insists 22.5 GW private IPP pipeline won’t be disrupted by Eskom move to reserve grid for public projects
22nd May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency does not anticipate that Eskom’s move to reserve scarce grid capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement bidding rounds will disrupt the more... 


Calib Cassim and Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
As municipal debt programme falters, Eskom CFO calls for mechanism to ensure the utility gets paid
22nd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Municipal debt remains one of Eskom’s biggest challenges, says Eskom CFO Calib Cassim. “At the end of March, we were sitting at around R75-billion of municipal arrears owing to us. That has grown... 


South African member committee of World Energy Council launched
22nd May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A South African member committee of the World Energy Council (WEC) has been launched under the aegis of the Energy Council of South Africa. The member committee is made up of ten high-level energy... 


Eskom CFO Calib Cassim and CEO Dan Marokane
Not out of the woods yet, but there is visible progress – Eskom CEO
21st May 2024 By: Irma Venter

On day 55 of no loadshedding in South Africa, newly appointed Eskom boss Dan Marokane warns that the country is “not of out the woods yet, but we have visible progress towards where we want to be,... 


Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Eskom seeks Nersa permission to reserve grid capacity for public IPP procurement rounds
21st May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs)... 


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NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill
17th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa may sign ERA Bill ahead of the elections
Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill
16th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, which has far-reaching implications for the future structure and operation of an electricity... 


Many households in informal settlements remain unelectrified
Salga energy head calls for post-election review of free basic electricity scheme
14th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The head of energy at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a review of both the size of the free basic electricity (FBE) allocation as well as the way the grant is... 


Drakenstein municipality completes audit, resets prepaid electricity meters
10th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Drakenstein municipality, covering Paarl, Wellington, Mbekweni, Gouda, Saron, Hermon and Simondium, in the Western Cape, has completed the formal auditing process of prepaid electricity meters of... 


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Battery storage procurement faces some delays
10th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's approach to procuring battery storage, the delays that some of the battery storage bid windows face and the likely market reaction... 


Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal
10th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources.... 


Outa asks govt to clarify roles of Ministers in ERA Bill, minimise Nersa’s price-setting power
30th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

While the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) supports the broad intent of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, as it seeks to improve energy security in the country, it says more... 


Electrical specialist says load curtailment in Ekurhuleni should be respected, or more outages may ensue
25th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With the City of Ekurhuleni having entered into a load curtailment agreement with national power utility Eskom, this mandatory energy reduction has been met with some protest by businesses, but... 


NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry
NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry
19th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment... 


Nersa public hearing
Eskom says modest R9m RCA request not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations
17th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has initiated consultations on Eskom’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2022/23 financial year, where Eskom is... 


A person using candles during power cuts
Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error not signal imminent surge in cuts – Nersa
16th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has belatedly moved to quell concern that its recent approval of a new loadshedding code of practice, which increases the number of potential... 


Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


Eskom's Duvha power station
Eskom defends pollution record, saying it’s spending billions
8th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to... 


Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
5th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 


Power lines
All conditions met for separation of NTCSA, but April deadline for full operationalisation missed
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

All the suspensive conditions opening the way for the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) to be constituted as a separate, distinct and wholly-owned subsidiary of Eskom Holdings... 


Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’
2nd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the... 


New online portal launched to aid Cape Town’s solar PV boom
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town has launched a new online application portal for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. More than 5 000 solar PV systems have been authorised to date, totalling 126 MVA, with... 


Eskom's tariff increases from April 1
Eskom to implement Nersa-approved electricity price increase from April 1
28th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom has confirmed that it will implement electricity price increases, as approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), from April 1. The utility in October 2023... 


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Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal
27th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Eskom board considers enlarging and extending Standard Offer Programme
25th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that the Eskom board is considering lifting the current 1 000 MW allocation set aside for its Standard Offer Programme to 4 000 MW and extending... 


Powerlines
NTCSA unbundling secures lender consent, Ramokgopa confirms
25th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Eskom’s eight “lender groups” have given their consent to the establishment of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) as a... 


Just Share climate change engagement director Robyn Hugo
Draft IRP 2023 falls short in every aspect, says Just Share
25th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As government considers the public comments made on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023 up to March 23, shareholder activism organisation Just Share has called for a remodel of the... 


BW8 last under IRP 2019, nuclear ambitions not a pipe dream – Mantashe
22nd March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Bid Window 8 of government’s Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme will be the last bid window under the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, says Mineral Resources and Energy... 


Wind and solar farms
Independent power producer body rejects an IRP that ‘plans to fail’
20th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), the comment deadline... 


IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
20th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 


Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage
Tear up IRP 2023 and start again, Outa asserts
19th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has called on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to recall and reworked the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) and to then... 


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REIPPPP Bid Window submissions deadline extended
15th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the reasons for the extension of the bid submissions deadline for Bid Window 7 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 


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