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Regulation News

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a ‘Sustainable Recovery Plan’ on June 18 that outlines the case for a $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan over the coming three years to help repair the economic and employment damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Produced in... 

Public renewables ownership in South Africa could aid in removing potential barrier to decarbonisation  

By: Terence Creamer     12th June 2020 A new study of electricity sector reform in South Africa warns that opposition to private ownership has the potential to become a barrier to decarbonisation and recommends further research into how public, municipal or community ownership could be incorporated into the deployment of renewables.... 

Public renewables ownership in South Africa could aid in removing potential barrier to decarbonisation

Large power consumers call for overhaul of tariff-setting methodology 

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2020 South Africa’s largest power consumers are calling on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to urgently review the regulatory methodology being used by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to set Eskom tariffs. The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), whose mining and... 

Large power consumers call for overhaul of tariff-setting methodology

National Planning Commission proposes SOE holding company model to help shield entities from political meddling 

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2020 South Africa’s National Planning Commission (NPC) is recommending the creation of a comprehensive State-owned enterprise (SOE) holding company, with a commercial company structure, to help protect SOEs from political interference. The recommendation is contained in a draft position paper that... 

The NPC position paper makes recommendations following an assessment of the contribution of Eskom, Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to the NDP's Vision 2030
The NPC position paper makes recommendations following an assessment of the contribution of Eskom, Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to the NDP's Vision 2030

Opinion: What comes next for municipal IPP procurement – evolution or revolution?

10th June 2020 In this opinion article, energy policy specialist Andreas Klees highlights the ongoing legal and policy constraints to South African municipalities procuring electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). Nevertheless, he urges them to begin preparing themselves for that eventuality. 

Andreas Klees
Andreas Klees

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 The South African government is being urged to accelerate the implementation of its renewable-energy-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) as part of the country’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery package. Meridian Economics MD Dr Grové Steyn, who is currently modelling the economic... 

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big co-benefits 

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 South Africa’s medium-term response to the Covid-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to reset the country’s unsustainable development pathway by fostering a “green recovery” that improves electricity and water security and creates jobs, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist... 

Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

SAPVIA says draft new generation regulations fall short of mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2020 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) says draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity enabling municipalities to develop or procure their own power generation fall short of addressing needs of either industry or municipalities. Mineral... 

SAPVIA says draft new generation regulations fall short of mark

Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’  

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) confirmed on Tuesday that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had concurred with a Ministerial determination submitted to the regulator in February for the procurement of 2 000 MW of emergency electricity from independent... 

IPP Office working on scheme to procure 128 MW of additional energy from existing wind and solar farms
IPP Office working on scheme to procure 128 MW of additional energy from existing wind and solar farms

Covid-19 workplace protocols must become ‘second nature’ for any further lockdown easing 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2020 Organised business has called for domestic firms to take steps to ensure that their workplaces are Covid-19-ready in light of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s May 24 announcement that the country would transition from lockdown Level 4 to Level 3 from June 1, a move that will result in many more South... 

Busa president Sipho Pityana
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Busa president Sipho Pityana

Eskom describes Nersa’s treatment of coal costs in latest RCA claim as ‘significant shift’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2020 State-owned electricity group Eskom says the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) latest regulatory clearing account (RCA) determination for the 2018/19 financial year contains “some encouraging decisions”, highlighting its treatment of coal costs as representing a particularly... 

Eskom describes Nersa’s treatment of coal costs in latest RCA claim as ‘significant shift’

Nersa allows Eskom to claw back R13.3bn in tariffs 

By: Reuters     18th May 2020 South African energy regulator Nersa said on Friday it will allow utility Eskom to recover R13.3-billion from customers for electricity supplied in the 2018/19 financial year, lower than what the state-owned power utility had applied for. Nersa said in a statement it will give its reasons for the... 

Nersa allows Eskom to claw back R13.3bn in tariffs

New venture set up to explore South Africa’s offshore floating wind-farm potential 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2020 A South African renewable-energy company has teamed up with a Swedish floating wind-farm developer and technology designer to explore the development of large-scale floating wind farms offshore South Africa. In a joint statement released in Stockholm and Cape Town, Hexicon AB and Genesis... 

New venture set up to explore South Africa’s offshore floating wind-farm potential

Cape Town in landmark suit to open South Africa’s power system

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2020 The city of Cape Town is awaiting a court ruling on whether it can buy its own electricity from suppliers other than national power utility Eskom Holdings without getting approval from the energy minister. Judge Leonie Windell of South Africa’s High Court on Tuesday reserved judgment in the case... 

Full legal separation of Eskom divisions still years off, lawmakers hear 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter told lawmakers on May 6 that “good progress” had been made on the “divisionalisation”, under Eskom Holdings, of the utility’s generation, transmission and distribution businesses, with separate boards and MDs having been appointed for each unit. He also indicated,... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Mantashe seeks comment on draft regulations enabling municipalities to buy own power  

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has released, for public comment, draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity that would enable municipalities “in good financial standing” to develop or procure their own power generation. In a statement,... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Incentives needed to aid local energy tech

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 While there is an increased focus on local content across several South African industries, government could do more in terms of incentivising local manufacturing, says energy solutions company i-G3n co-founder and director Sydney Phakathi. 

NO FUSS WHATSOEVER 
i-G3n offers standard solutions that it can also tailor to suit the specific needs of every client
NO FUSS WHATSOEVER i-G3n offers standard solutions that it can also tailor to suit the specific needs of every client

Solar body calls for overhaul of distributed-generation rules in open letter to Ramaphosa 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2020 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa endorsing his call for the forging of a “new economy”, while also appealing for decisive policy and regulatory action to ensure that the country does not “return to the dark days of... 

Wido Schnabel
Wido Schnabel

2019 set a record for renewable electricity generation in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 In a report issued on April 9, the British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reported that, based on provisional figures, last year had been a record year for the production of electricity using renewable technologies in the UK. Renewable electricity generation last... 

Opportune time for LPG growth

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The local liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market is an underdeveloped industry and has significant growth potential, largely owing to its use as an energy source, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa acting MD Nirvan Brijlal. Moreover, he highlights the... 

POTENTIAL UNLOCKED

LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry

Association improves technicians training

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa has been investing in improving its LPG technicians’ installation training through collaboration with the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) as one of its mandates for the LPG sector. “This will enable us to ensure that... 

NIRVAN BRIJLAL

The industry is well regulated, with many safety standards in place
NIRVAN BRIJLAL The industry is well regulated, with many safety standards in place

Decarbonising of local power generation sedate

By: Tracy Hancock     17th April 2020 Decarbonising South Africa’s electricity generation is no longer a technical challenge, it is a political and economic issue, says University of Pretoria Graduate School of Technology Management professor David Walwyn.  The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) forecasts that it will take... 

RENEWED PROJECTION
The growing appeal of grid-tied and standalone rooftop solar systems may alter the Integrated Resource Plan’s 30-year projection for the decarbonising of South Africa’s electric power generation
RENEWED PROJECTION The growing appeal of grid-tied and standalone rooftop solar systems may alter the Integrated Resource Plan’s 30-year projection for the decarbonising of South Africa’s electric power generation

Mine to benefit from minigrid project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th April 2020 Electricity storage provider Bushveld Energy initiated the development of a minigrid project, at the Vametco mining and processing facility, in March last year. 

MIKHAIL NIKOMAROV 
The Vamecto minigrid project is unmatched in its ability to deliver long-duration storage and cycle multiple times a day
MIKHAIL NIKOMAROV The Vamecto minigrid project is unmatched in its ability to deliver long-duration storage and cycle multiple times a day

Storage should aim to address cost reduction

10th April 2020 Ensuring that renewable energy is a useful asset to the grid and that the companies that own and operate it are profitable, while also producing less expensive energy, is a complex job. 

Eskom’s Bernard Magoro appointed as new head of IPP Office 

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Wednesday, April 8, that former Eskom executive Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro had been appointed as the new head of the Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO). The appointment would be effective from May 1. 

Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro
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Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro

Eskom extends bidding deadline for short-term power purchase scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2020 Electricity utility Eskom has extended the deadline, to May 11, for responses to a request for proposals (RFP) to participate in its Short-Term Power Purchase Programme (STPPP), owing to the imposition of a 21-day lockdown in South Africa in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The initial bid... 

Eskom extends bidding deadline for short-term power purchase scheme

Ramaphosa places Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for violating lockdown regulations

By: Sane Dhlamini     8th April 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months, one of which will be unpaid, for violating the regulations of the national lockdown amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. A recent social media... 

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Gumede appointed regulator member at Nersa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has appointed Nhlanhla Gumede as a full-time regulator member of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Gumede will primarily be responsible for electricity regulation for five years, effective April 1.  

Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise
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Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise

Taxis allowed 100% of capacity only with masks – Mbalula  

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st April 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Wednesday that taxis could carry their full loads during the national lockdown, provided that all passengers wore masks. Mbalula was addressing taxi operators and commuters at the MTN Taxi Rank in Johannesburg after he held discussions with the... 

Transport Minister Fikille Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikille Mbalula

Mantashe sustains 1 MW licence-exemption cap despite calls for higher threshold 

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe Gazetted an amended version of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act on March 26, which the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) said further clarified the requirements for generation for own use for facilities of under 1... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

KZN MEC says dept has adopted zero tolerance on price hiking amid lockdown

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th March 2020 KwaZulu-Natal economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube says her department  is in communication with the management of Spar KZN with the view of terminating contracts of franchise owners who are involved in price hiking. This follows consumer complaints that... 

KZN MEC for EDTEA Nomusa Dube-Ncube
KZN MEC for EDTEA Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels of clean-coal investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 There is much scepticism domestically and internationally about the potential for clean-coal technology (CCT). In South Africa, however, there has been an amplification in recent months of calls for accelerated efforts to be made to finding innovative solutions to the serious environmental and... 

POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION
Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower
emissions
Photo by GE
POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower emissions

Lawyers question whether Nersa’s concurrence timeline truly reflects power-shortfall urgency 

By: Terence Creamer     24th March 2020 Project finance and energy specialists from a leading domestic law firm have questioned whether the timetable outlined by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for providing its concurrence with two Ministerial determinations for new power generation “truly reflects the urgency of... 

Lawyers question whether Nersa’s concurrence timeline truly reflects power-shortfall urgency

IEA urges governments to integrate clean-energy transition into Covid-19 stimulus packages 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2020 The stimulus plans being developed by governments to counter the economic damage of the Covid-19 pandemic “offer an excellent opportunity to ensure that the essential task of building a secure and sustainable energy future doesn’t get lost amid the flurry of immediate priorities”, International... 

IEA urges governments to integrate clean-energy transition into Covid-19 stimulus packages

Privatisation slowly becoming reality

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 The type of participants attending this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa & The Solar Show are proof that Africa seeks to become less reliant on governments for its electricity supply, says event organiser Terrapinn Power & Electricity World Africa conference producer Caroline Mubima.... 

DRIVEN DISCUSSION
The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020
DRIVEN DISCUSSION The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020

Africa can develop on low-carbon growth path

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 Choosing between a low-carbon future and Africa’s economic growth is a false dichotomy, as these goals do not need to be in competition, says independent power producer Pele Energy Group founder Fumani Mthembi, a speaker at this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa. “The global investment... 

SUNNY DISPOSITION
The global investment sector is increasingly more interested in funding renewable-energy projects, such as solar farms, as opposed to coal projects
SUNNY DISPOSITION The global investment sector is increasingly more interested in funding renewable-energy projects, such as solar farms, as opposed to coal projects

Nersa finally initiates public process for concurring with Mantashe’s power determinations  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) published two consultation papers on Wednesday for two separate Ministerial determinations submitted by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe for the regulator’s concurrence as required by the National Energy Regulator Act. By... 

Nersa finally initiates public process for concurring with Mantashe’s power determinations
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