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Regulation News

Competition Commission raids automotive glass companies’ offices

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2016 The Competition Commission has conducted a search and seizure operation at the Gauteng premises of automotive glass companies’ PG Glass, Glasfit, Shatterprufe and Digicall as part of an investigation into alleged collusion. PG Glass and Glasfit were automotive glass fitment and repair service... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) confirmed on Tuesday that it had received, on March 10, two Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications from Eskom for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. The NNR said that both NISL applications had been... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications

Loadshedding ‘holiday’ to continue through winter – Eskom CEO 

By: African News Agency      10th March 2016 South Africans would be spared power cuts through winter, Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe assured MPs on Thursday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Molefe and his team said they were on track with its maintenance programme to ensure there’s enough capacity... 

Loadshedding ‘holiday’ to continue through winter – Eskom CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Brian Molefe

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2016 There was no imaginable way for Eskom to escape from its onerous contract to supply BHP Billiton’s Hillside smelter and ease the knock-on effect on the ordinary consumer, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa said in response to questions from MPs on Tuesday. Nersa’s head of electricity... 

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa head of electricity regulation Thembani Bukula

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane on Friday welcomed the appointment of new members to the organisation’s board, stating that this would strengthen the corporations’ governance process. Government on Thursday announced the appointment of Dr Kelvin Kemm as... 

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

Nersa announces decision on Eskom’s RCA application 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the implications of Nersa’s decision to allow a 9.4% power tariff increase 

Nersa announces decision on Eskom’s RCA application
Nersa announces decision on Eskom’s RCA application

Power tariff to rise by 9.4% after Nersa allows Eskom a partial R11.2bn clawback

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom a partial clawback of revenue and cost variations recorded during the first year of the third multiyear price determination (MYPD3), which runs for five years until March 31, 2018. Nersa made the determination on Tuesday,... 

Power tariff to rise by 9.4% after Nersa allows Eskom a partial R11.2bn clawback
Thembani Bukula and Jocob Modise of Nersa explaining the RCA decision

Nersa postpones RCA determination to March 1 to enable ‘further verification’

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) has postponed a briefing, scheduled for Thursday, February 25, to announce the outcome of its deliberations into Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application – it would now make its determination known on Tuesday, March 1. The regulator said in a... 

Nersa postpones RCA determination to March 1 to enable ‘further verification’

S Africa is a sinking ship, says Vavi  

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) showed a breakdown of trust between government and the population of South Africa, according to former Congress of South Africa Trade Union (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi “Yesterday’s Sona address offered the President another... 

S Africa is a sinking ship, says Vavi
Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi

Business warns of power hike ‘vicious cycle’, amid weak demand outlook 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2016 Business warned on Friday that South Africa risked entering a “vicious cycle” of ever-increasing yearly electricity hikes, beyond those already approved, owing to the nature of the current tariff-setting formula, which allows Eskom to recover variances in revenue arising when power sales are... 

Business warns of power hike ‘vicious cycle’, amid weak demand outlook
Busa's Martin Kingston at the Nersa hearings

Radebe to work with Treasury, Cosatu on tax law

By: Anine Kilian     5th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma has tasked Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe to assist the National Treasury and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in their discussions relating to the Tax Administration Amendment Act. Cosatu and other unions were opposed to the legislation, arguing... 

Radebe to work with Treasury, Cosatu on tax law
Minister in the Preside Jeff Radebe

ABB reaches contract milestone at Kusile 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2016 Automation company ABB is on schedule to complete automation for the first 800 MW generating unit at State-owned enterprise Eskom’s Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga. “With record timing as a key deliverable of such an intrinsically complex project, there is excellent cooperation between the... 

ABB reaches contract milestone at Kusile

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Bright future for energy storage

5th February 2016 The narrow focus on cost may be leading to misconceptions about the real value of energy storage, according to a new report by the World Energy Council (WEC) called ‘E-storage – shifting from cost to value’.  

Bright future for energy storage
Photo by Bloomberg
GO WITH THE FLOW Energy storage devices, such as redox-flow batteries, are becoming more cost effective, which will boost growth in the renewable energy sector

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

Local governments  must play bigger role  in energy sector
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Renewable-energy project management company Aurora Power Solutions (APS) is involved in the development of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are scheduled for commercial operation in the first half of 2017, says APS project development manager Oliver Johnston.  

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates
UP ON THE ROOF Aurora Power Solutions is involved in implementing solar photovoltaic roof systems for private entities in Cape Town

Eskom tariff rate hikes could be catastrophic for steel industry, warns Seifsa 

By: Anine Kilian     4th February 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has warned that if State-owned power utility Eskom’s request for a 16% electricity tariff increase is granted, it will leave the steel industry in dire straits. Speaking at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa... 

Eskom tariff rate hikes could be catastrophic for steel industry, warns Seifsa

Outa to challenge Eskom’s tariff increase request

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) – as part of its broadening mandate into matters of tax abuse – has contracted energy analyst and former Eskom executive Ted Blom to head up its challenge and objections to Eskom's 16.6% electricity tariff increase request to the National Energy... 

Outa to challenge Eskom’s tariff increase request

Nersa cancels public hearings in three provinces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has cancelled public hearings relating to Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the first year of the third multiyear price determination period, in the Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. The hearings, which would have... 

Nersa cancels public hearings in three provinces

Nersa gears up for national hearings into Eskom’s R22.8bn clawback claim

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will host public hearings between January 18 and February 5 on Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion through the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism of the electricity tariff-setting methodology. The State-owned utility has... 

Nersa gears up for national hearings into Eskom’s R22.8bn clawback claim

Eskom not expecting full R22.8bn clawback, but says big gap will affect bond pricing 

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2015 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has stressed that the regulator’s “prudency” review of its R22.8-billion claw-back application could well result in it receiving a lower determination. But CFO Anoj Singh warns that a marked deviation from the claim could pose a serious risk to the way... 

Eskom not expecting full R22.8bn clawback, but says big gap will affect bond pricing
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Eskom expects tariff clawback to cover big portion of R30bn 2016 funding gap 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2015 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it should end its current financial year with a cash balance of between R10-billion and R15-billion and that its liquidity outlook for its 2016/17 financial year has also improved, with its funding requirement having narrowed from R47-billion to around... 

Eskom expects tariff clawback to cover big portion of R30bn 2016 funding gap
Eskom FD Anoj Singh on the current state of Eskom’s finances. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 16.11.2015

The intelligent infrastructure required to enable a smart grid

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2015 Power-consuming infrastructure, buildings and equipment that can communicate demand to various elements of the distribution grid are required to enable the grid to adjust to changing demand and power-generation supply, says industrial technology company Johnson Controls building efficiency GM... 

Eskom’s move to claw back R22.8bn could result in 16.6% 2016 tariff rise 

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2015 State-owned electricity utility Eskom reported on Thursday that it had submitted a R22.8-billion regulatory clearing account (RCA) application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for the first financial year, or 2013/14, of the third multiyear price determination (MYPD3)... 

Eskom’s move to claw back R22.8bn could result in 16.6% 2016 tariff rise

US energy expert urges South African policymakers to cater for ‘disruptive’ technologies 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2015 The head of US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has cautioned South African policymakers to cater for the emergence of “disruptive” energy technologies while still making the short-term decisions required to improve the reliability of the electricity supply... 

US energy expert urges South African policymakers to cater for ‘disruptive’ technologies
NREL CEO Dr Dan Arvizu

Earthlife urges S Africa to cut reliance on coal-fired power stations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2015 South Africa should not be allowed to create new coal-fired power stations if it is to tackle its carbon emissions and meet the global goal of keeping temperature increases below 2 °C, says South African environmental and antinuclear organisation Earthlife Africa energy policy officer Dominique... 

Earthlife urges S Africa to cut reliance on coal-fired power stations

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2015 Energy storage systems have a key role to play in smoothing electricity consumption in South Africa because it can reduce peak demand, enable broader and more efficient use of alternative energy and renewable-energy systems, as well as enable more efficient use of existing capacity. This is the... 

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems

Joburg has received applications for 32 MW of rooftop solar 

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2015 Johannesburg’s City Power estimates that there are already 4 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop capacity in operation across the city and has revealed that it has received applications for the installation of a further 32 MW. The largest rooftop installation is currently the 1.5 MW facility at... 

Joburg has received applications for 32 MW of rooftop solar

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 brief

4th August 2015 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, demand-side initiatives, energy... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 brief

Portfolio committee calls for further PetroSA board changes after chair’s exit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2015 The Portfolio Committee on Energy on Tuesday welcomed the resignation of PetroSA chairperson Nonhlanhla Jiyane, but maintained that the entire PetroSA board should resign and be reconstituted, following months of financial mismanagement. Jiyane’s resignation had followed media reports that the... 

Portfolio committee calls for further PetroSA board changes after chair’s exit

Urgent govt, business cooperation needed to end South Africa’s crisis – Turok 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2015 The time had come for government and business to find ways and means of working together to end South Africa’s current economic stagflation crisis, United Nations Commission for Africa (UNCA) mineral value chain lead consultant, anti-apartheid struggle veteran and former African National Congress... 

Urgent govt, business cooperation needed to end South Africa’s crisis – Turok
Mineral value chain consultant Professor Ben Turok told Monday’s policy dialogue on mineral beneficiation, attended by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer, that government/private sector co-operation was essential to put an end to current economic stagnation. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

S Africa solar energy roadmap to be unveiled by October

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th June 2015 The Department of Energy (DoE) plans to launch its Solar Energy Technology Roadmap, which seeks to map solar technologies and the way these fit into South Africa’s long-term energy plan, before the International Renewable Energy Conference in October. Speaking at a session at the Sustainable... 

S Africa solar energy roadmap to be unveiled by October

Greenhouse gas offenders could face R10m fine, 10-yr sentence 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2015 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the Draft National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment. The new regulations sought to penalise people convicted of an offence in terms of the regulations to a fine not exceeding... 

Greenhouse gas offenders could face R10m fine, 10-yr sentence

Wescoal commits to black holding company control to qualify for Eskom business 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2015 Coal mining and trading company Wescoal, which suffered lower profitability in the three months to March 31 on the drying up of long-term Eskom contracts, has committed to being more than 50% owned by black shareholders before December 2016 to qualify for long-term coal business from the State... 

Wescoal commits to black holding company control to qualify for Eskom business
Coal mining and trading company Wescoal said, at its presentation of results attended by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer, that it was taking steps to be more than 50% black owned by December 2016 in order to obtain long-term contractual business from Eskom. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 The Africa Progress Panel has called on African countries that emit the most carbon emissions to raise their level of ambition, adding that governments in these countries should place stringent prices on emissions of greenhouse gases by taxing it, instead of encouraging it by spending billions on... 

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions

PetroSA board should resign – Portfolio Committee 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 The board members of South Africa’s national oil company PetroSA should lead by example and resign, the Portfolio Committee on Energy has suggested. The committee, which met with representatives of the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) at PetroSA’s head office in Parow,... 

PetroSA board should resign – Portfolio Committee

Energy management regulations out for public comment

By: Dylan Stewart     5th June 2015 The draft proposal requiring all businesses that use more than 400 TJ/y of energy, by law, to submit five-year energy management plans is out for public comment, reports business coalition National Business Initiative (NBI) energy head Valerie Geen. 

Energy management regulations  out for public comment
Photo by Bloomberg
OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT The draft regulations are part of a series of policy changes to promote behaviour change among businesses

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