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Regulation News

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... 

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

Energy consultancy assists local bank with efficiency strategy

By: Dylan Stewart     5th June 2015 Sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is involved in an ongoing energy efficiency project with one of South Africa’s big four commercial banks, ERM Partners Simon Clarke and Massimo Bettanin tell Engineering News. 

Civil remotely piloted aircraft regulations promulgated by SA authority

By: Keith Campbell     29th May 2015 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it is to introduce regulations for the operation of civilian remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, previously known as unmanned air vehicles or UAVs and popularly called drones). Director of Civil Aviation Poppy Khoza... 

Unmanned aircraft industry welcomes new regulations, with caveats

By: Keith Campbell     29th May 2015 While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (Cuaasa) still has some... 

Feed-in tariffs can add alternative-energy momentum, says Solarcentury

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2015 Owing to the power crunch and rising power costs in South Africa, there is significant interest from commercial and light industrial users to offset their energy consumption using alternative energy systems. A key requirement to bolster commercial and residential alternative- and renewable-... 

Feed-in tariffs can add alternative-energy momentum, says Solarcentury
GARETH WARNER South Africa should open up the energy generation space to bolster its economy and help secure more energy to meet current and future demand

Possibility of private investment in Eskom being considered, Treasury confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2015 The National Treasury confirmed on Monday that consideration was being given to the possibility of private investment in Eskom as part of efforts to improve the electricity utility’s financial sustainability. “Consideration is also being given to ring-fencing and selling stakes in Eskom’s noncore... 

Possibility of private investment in Eskom being considered, Treasury confirms
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

SA unmanned aviation industry welcomes new regulations, but with major concerns 

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2015 While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (Cuaasa) still has some... 

SA unmanned aviation industry welcomes new regulations, but with major concerns
Photo by Reuters
Two different types of quadcopter RPAs in flight, with the one on the right carrying a camera

SA promulgates regulations for civil remotely piloted aircraft 

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2015 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) announced on Sunday that it was to introduce regulations for the operation of civilian remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, previously known as unmanned air vehicles, or UAVs, and popularly called drones). Director of civil aviation Poppy... 

SA promulgates regulations for civil remotely piloted aircraft

Research centre to determine renewables impact on power system

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 As renewable energy has become increasingly cost competitive as an alternative new-build option in South Africa in the past five years, South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is streamlining its energy-research offerings to cater for the... 

Research centre to  determine renewables  impact on power system
Photo by Bloomberg
SYSTEM BLUEPRINT The six Council for Scientific and Industrial Research campuses will demonstrate how a primarily renewables-based energy system can be designed and operated

Chequered power system needs balanced maintenance, strong leadership, says consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Power utilities need to master the act of balancing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Programme manager for energy and environment, Johan Muller, adds that maintenance can be managed, provided a utility’s assets are relatively predictive.... 

Chequered power system needs  balanced maintenance, strong  leadership, says consultancy
Photo by Braam Daniels (Lesedi Nuclear Services)s
GAME PLAN Eskom's strategic focus points could include ensuring the viability of projects before commissioning and ensuring their completion on time and within budget

Residential solar feed-in required for immediate relief

By: Dylan Slater     15th May 2015 A mass supply of electricity from rooftop-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions in residential households is the only immediate solution to supplement and bring relief to the strained national power grid, which is currently facing undercapacity issues, says management consulting firm The... 

Residential solar feed-in required for immediate relief
URS REINHARD Residential rooftop solar photovoltaic solutions that feed into the national grid are the right thing to do to alleviate the power crisis

Eskom exec attempt to reassure SA amid power woes 

By: Kim Cloete     13th May 2015 Eskom’s group executive for generation, Mongezi Ntsokolo, was at pains to assure South Africans that the utility was working hard to sort out the country's shortage in electricity supply, when addressing delegates at an African Utility Week panel discussion on Wednesday along with energy... 

Eskom exec attempt to reassure SA amid power woes

Eskom seeks 25% immediate tariff hike in ‘selective’ reopener to Nersa 

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2015 The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) confirmed on Friday that it had received Eskom’s application for the selective reopening of the final three years of the Third Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD3) decision, which began on April 1, 2013 and will continue until March 31, 2018. Should the... 

Eskom seeks 25% immediate tariff hike in ‘selective’ reopener to Nersa

Utilities expo set to be the biggest ever

By: Pimani Baloyi     1st May 2015 Africa’s untapped power potential, regional collaboration and ways of attracting foreign investment will take centre stage at what is set to be the biggest African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition to date. Event organiser Spintelligent event director Evan Schiff tells... 

Utilities expo set to be the biggest ever
GLOBAL GATHERING The 2015 African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference will consider ways of using renewable energy to resolve Africa’s power challenges

Association hosts conference alongside utility expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     1st May 2015 The Southern African Asset Management Association (Saama) will, for the second year running, host an asset management conference alongside the African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 12 to 14. Saama VP Craig Henry tells Engineering... 

Association hosts  conference alongside  utility expo
CRAIG HENRY Had proper asset management been implemented in South Africa's power sector, the country would not have to deal with the electricity challenges it is currently facing

DoE and US become key power expo partners

1st May 2015 The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition have this year attracted two key partners, the Department of Energy (DoE), which has committed to a three-year partnership, and US President Barack Obama’s $20-billion fund to improve access to power in sub-Saharan Africa,... 

DoE and US become key power expo partners
Photo by Bloomberg
UNIFIED SOLUTIONS The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition has formed strategic partnerships with the Department of Energy and Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative

Eskom CE forecasts earlier-than-expected end to load-shedding  

By: Kim Cloete     22nd April 2015 Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has outlined a range of moves he hopes will alleviate the State-owned power utility’s power supply crisis, including finding an extra 3 000 MW by 2016, which could lead to an end to load-shedding.  “We need 3 000 MW to do both planned maintenance and deal with... 

Eskom CE forecasts earlier-than-expected end to load-shedding

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