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Eskom warns of even bigger price spike later if current tariffs remain

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2007 State power utility Eskom has warned that South African electricity consumers could face an even more dramatic 30% step change in tariffs unless the country's regulator acceded to its request for an adjustment of 18%, followed by 17%, during the current tariff-dispensation period, which was... 

Eskom likely to spend some R800-billion over next two decades to

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2007 Electricity utility Eskom has a capital expenditure budget of R800-billion for the next 20 years, says Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga. 

Joined-up government approach to energy ‘challenges’

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th July 2007 n order to monitor and provide strategic guidance on energy issues in South Africa, the directors-general of the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) have created a forum, drawing in executives from both departments, as well as Eskom, the National... 

Energy regulator to publish report on proposed Eskom price hikes

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd July 2007 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would finalise a preliminary report on Eskom's proposed electricity price increase before the end of the month, which would pave the way for a public comment period to get under way, spokesperson Nhlanhla Cebekhulu said on Monday.  

Eskom chief repeats need for electricity price hikes

21st June 2007 Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga reiterated on Thursday that a steep increase in electricity prices would be necessary to ensure the power utility fulfills its ambitious capital expenditure plans, and meets South Africa's unprecedented, and growing, demand for power. Maroga's comments echo... 

State to regulate LPG industry with view to lowering prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th May 2007 The South African government will regulate the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) industry to ensure that high prices were lowered, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday. 

DME to unveil energy master plan in June, to pass electricity efficiency laws

By: Mariaan Webb     30th May 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will present a new energy master plan, covering a detailed energy infrastructure plan until 2011, next month, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday. Delivering her department's R2,96-billion budget vote speech in... 

Eskom kicks off environmental process for 4 000-MW nuclear plant

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2007 South Africa's State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in early June, kick off what is likely to be a highly contested public-participation process around its plans to build a 4 000-MW conventional nuclear power station in either the Northern, Eastern or Western Cape provinces. The... 

Building countervailing power

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2007 The decision by State-owned power utility Eskom to consolidate its tenders into far larger parcels appears to be a logical one in the current environment, where there are more electricity, infrastructure and large private-sector projects around the world than can be dealt with by the supplier... 

All systems go for R66bn coal-fired power station build, SA's first in two decades

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2007 The construction subsidiary of State-owned power utility Eskom is gearing up to move on to the Lephalale site, in the Limpopo province, for the construction of South Africa�s first new greenfield coal-fired power station in more than two decades. This, following receipt of an environmental record... 

A sustainable approach to waste management

13th April 2007 The National Environmental Management: Waste Management Bill, gazzetted in January, will entrench best practices in waste management into law, replacing the outdated and unsustainable ‘end of pipe’ approach with a new, more environmentally responsible and sustainable approach. 

Top economist believes economies can still grow while taking responsibility for climate change

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2007 Renowned UK economist Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the now famed ‘Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change’, believes adaptive and mitigation action to stem the flow of carbon-dioxide emissions, viewed by most scientists as the cause of global warming, is not only urgent, but also not... 

Eskom to launch pilot cogeneration plant in April

By: Mariaan Webb     13th March 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom is to launch its pilot cogeneration project next month as it moves towards achieving at least 900 MW from cogeneration by 2011, Eskom Enterprises business development manager Rob Higgo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a workshop in Johannesburg, where delegates debated... 

Electricity distributor meets miners, local govt body on restructuring

By: Mariaan Webb     6th March 2007 State-owned power distributor EDI Holdings met with the Chamber of Mines and South African Local Government Association (Salga) on Monday to discuss the country's electricity restructuring process. 

SA's power-planning system should be more transparent

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2006 A newly-released government-commissioned report into the security of electricity supply in South Africa lambastes the lack of transparency in demand forecasting and supply planning and calls for the scrapping of the current two-tier system in favour of an integrated planning solution under the... 

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