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Regulation News

No further IRP consultations as Cabinet approves plan and 27 renewables projects 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo reported on Thursday that Cabinet approved an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity during a marathon 12-hour meeting on Wednesday and that the new plan would be published without any further public consultation. Briefing the media at an ‘Energy... 

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma used his address at the Energy Indaba, taking place in Johannesburg this week, to assure business and investors that the upcoming African National Congress (ANC) elective conference would be “orderly and peaceful”, while promising a “seamless” handover to the new ANC... 

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate
President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Kganyago concerned another big power tariff hike will trigger grid defections

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has added his voice to a growing chorus of concern that South African businesses, and even high-income households, could defect from the electricity grid in numbers should Eskom prevail in its bid for a 19.9% tariff increase from April 1, 2018.... 

Kganyago concerned another big power tariff hike will trigger grid defections
South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that a special pricing agreement (SPA) between Eskom and Silicon Smelters, which was approved in August, should commence no later than July 1, 2018, and continue for a maximum of two years. Silicon Smelters, a subsidiary of... 

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

Nersa shifts Eskom tariff decision to December 13

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed on Monday that it would announce its decision on Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application on December 13, instead of the December 7 date initially set for the determination. “The date has been changed due to more time being required to... 

Nersa shifts Eskom tariff decision to December 13

Necsa shuts down key unit because of compliance failure 

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2017 The standalone cost of battery energy storage remains above South Africa’s prevailing, albeit rising, electricity tariffs, but could already be commercially viable in some instances when the “stacked benefits” of the technology are taken into account. A levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) study... 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom's battery energy storage test site at Rosherville, in Gauteng

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2017 Through innovation in the energy sphere, Africa is slowly starting to overcome historical blockages that have prevented the continent from achieving economic growth and creating sustainable jobs, according to energy consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. Speaking at a PowerGen and... 

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

South African nuclear body shuts down key unit because of compliance failure 

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

South African nuclear body shuts down key unit because of compliance failure
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2017 A major topic of discussion during recent public hearings into Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application, was whether a further double-digit tariff hike could trigger a “utility death spiral”, whereby rising tariffs and utility costs spark an exodus of energy-intensive customers from the network,... 

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope

Eskom rejects call for inflation-capped hike, as Nersa gears up for Dec 7 decision 

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has rejected calls for its 2018/19 tariff to be capped at the level of inflation, arguing that such a move would be financially unsustainable as it would result in a revenue reduction, which would further squeeze its liquidity and could place the country’s credit... 

Eskom rejects call for inflation-capped hike, as Nersa gears up for Dec 7 decision
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa fulltime regulatory member for electricity Mbulelo Ncetezo says decision should be announced on December 7

Eskom’s business model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2017 Organised business made an impassioned plea this week for government to urgently review Eskom’s business model, which it said was “no longer fit for purpose”. In a presentation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, business also warned that, in the absence of a holistic view within... 

Eskom’s business model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’
Photo by Duane Daws
Busa VP Martin Kingston

Investment in solar has overtaken coal globally, says IEA

By: Kim Cloete     16th November 2017 Breaking all-time records, renewables currently account for two thirds of global net capacity additions, according to one of several reports about how renewable energy is powering ahead. The trend is set to continue. “All renewables will grow at double the velocity of fossil fuels within the next... 

Investment in solar has overtaken coal globally, says IEA

Eskom admits liquidity is ‘not at desired levels’

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2017 State-owned electricity producer Eskom acknowledged on Monday that its liquidity levels were “not at the desired levels” and indicated that securing the balance of its funding requirement for the current financial year would depend on addressing pressing governance and leadership issues.... 

Eskom admits liquidity is ‘not at desired levels’
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz

Nigeria, Russia sign nuclear agreements

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Nigeria has signed agreements with Russia covering the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant (NPP) and a nuclear research reactor and associated research facilities, Russia’s State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced. The two countries also signed a cooperation roadmap... 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 A key focus point of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) – which celebrates its ten-year milestone next year – is to provide access to project opportunities across the African continent. 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities
Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, AEI chairperson Brian Statham and South African Electrotechnical Export Council CEO Chiboni Evans discuss the AEI next year. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 The prospects for wind power within and beyond the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will be discussed at this year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, exploring opportunities outside South Africa’s borders, and consider ways of establishing cross-border... 

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations
ANSWERS IN THE WIND The Windaba programme has been designed to be relevant regardless of whether the mid-term outlook is good or uncertain

Partnership seeks to provide best-practice health and safety training

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational SGS and State-owned power utility Eskom have partnered to train 24 local youths at Eskom’s Grootvlei power station in the Dipaleseng municipality, in Mpumalanga, south of Heidelberg, in 12 subjects related to safety, health and... 

COMMENT: Eskom is indeed an ‘enormous risk’ 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2017 While there are very few positives to draw from Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), his acknowledgement that Eskom poses an “enormous risk” to the entire economy is one. “Eskom exposes government to an enormous risk because of the size of its... 

COMMENT: Eskom is indeed an ‘enormous risk’

New initiative to be launched at tenth Africa Energy Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2017 In the run-up to the tenth yearly Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) in February, the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) on Tuesday announced that it would launch its African Energy Consultants initiative at the event. The SAAEC, which is a partner of the AEI Trade Association that... 

Nersa releases dates and venues for upcoming Eskom hearings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has published the dates and venues for its upcoming public hearings into Eskom’s revenue application for the 2018/19 financial year. Eskom has applied for an allowable revenue of R219.5-billion, which would translate to a 19.9% average... 

Nersa releases dates and venues for upcoming Eskom hearings

What the Cabinet reshuffle means for the electricity supply industry 

19th October 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the appointment of David Mahlobo as the new Energy Minister. 

What the Cabinet reshuffle means for the electricity supply industry
What the Cabinet reshuffle means for the electricity supply industry

‘Absolutely no need' for nuclear, Dames says in State-capture testimony

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames has revealed that he faced a breakdown in communication between the board and management, as well as death threats during his time at the state utility.  He has also told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises that there is "absolutely no need" for... 

‘Absolutely no need' for nuclear, Dames says in State-capture testimony
Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames

Evidence of blatant corruption at Eskom unpacked at Parliament’s inquiry into State capture

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has kicked off its inquiry into alleged State capture with a report revealing “overwhelming evidence of grand corruption”, governance failure and a stream of irregularities at Eskom, South Africa’s largest State-owned entity. Research... 

Evidence of blatant corruption at Eskom unpacked at Parliament’s inquiry into State capture
Research professor Anton Eberhard

Sending right economic signals key to integration of distributed energy resources

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2017 The transition from centralised electricity systems to ones that increasingly comprise both large-scale centralised resources and distributed energy resources (DERs) is under way globally. However, to successfully manage the shift will depend substantially on sending the right economic signals, a... 

 Sending right economic signals key to integration of distributed energy resources

Eskom must implement ‘aggressive’ cost cutting, EIUG says as it urges Nersa to reject 19.9% hike

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2017 Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff hike from April 1, 2018, is unacceptable and will result in the partial or full closure of plant capacity and increase unemployment, the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) states in a written submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa... 

Eskom must implement ‘aggressive’ cost cutting, EIUG says as it urges Nersa to reject 19.9% hike

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale  battery storage prospects improve

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 Eskom’s newest interim group CEO Sean Maritz has acknowledged that the utility is facing threats on multiple fronts in light of rapid changes to the global electricity landscape and the constrained outlook for domestic electricity sales. However, in a statement calling for “space and time to... 

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim group CEO Sean Maritz

Eaton aiming to grow share in African utility market

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 Electrical components and systems company Eaton aims to grow in the utility, commercial buildings and mining sectors in Africa by replicating the success of its power quality business, says Eaton Africa Sales Director Malvin Naicker. Eaton is focused on providing high-quality technical support... 

Eaton aiming to grow share in African utility market
MOBILE MODEL Devan Reddy, Arlind Mucaku, Malvin Naicker, Sumaya Abdool and Pieter van den Berg in front of the mobile truck with Eaton products and CPD lectures

Electricity industry approaching ‘breaking point’, City Power warns 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2017 Johannesburg’s electricity utility City Power is warning that the current structure of South Africa’s electricity sector is unsustainable and that, in the absence of a coherent national policy, the sector is approaching “breaking point”. Demand- and supply-side manager Paul Vermeulen says that... 

Electricity industry approaching ‘breaking point’, City Power warns

Delayed hearing into wind body’s Eskom complaint moves ahead

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) hosted a closed hearing on Friday as part of its investigation of a complaint by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) against Eskom. SAWEA, which lodged the grievance in October 2016, alleges that the State-owned utility’s refusal... 

Delayed hearing into wind body’s Eskom complaint moves ahead

Unreasonable electricity price curve contributing to weak business climate – EIUG

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2017 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) has called for urgent intervention to halt what it describes as the current “downward spiral” of a shrinking electricity sales base and increasing and unaffordable electricity tariffs. The EIUG represents 32 mostly mining and industrial... 

Unreasonable electricity price curve contributing to weak business climate  – EIUG
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Auditing firm cuts ties with Gupta’s Oakbay

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th September 2017 The board of auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo (SNG) has resigned as auditors of Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and its related entities. The auditing firm’s statement stipulates that this decision was made after a thorough assessment of its relationship with the company which... 

Auditing firm cuts ties with Gupta’s Oakbay

Toxic environment to galvanise opposition as Eskom seeks 19.9% hike  

22nd September 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about what can be expected from Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff hike. 

Toxic environment to galvanise opposition as Eskom seeks 19.9% hike
A look into Eskom’s double-digit tariff hike application

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