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Several cities publish schedules, but Eskom says there is no immediate load-shedding plan

Several cities publish schedules, but Eskom says there is no immediate load-shedding plan | david | Scoop.it

State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is aware of the fact that several large cities have developed load-shedding schedules for 2013, following the recent release of a new schedule by the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality, in Gauteng.

 

However, spokesperson Hilary Joffe insists that there are no plans currently to implement load shedding.


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Electricity problems converge as the outgoing Eskom CEO departs - EE Publishers

Electricity problems converge as the outgoing Eskom CEO departs - EE Publishers | david | Scoop.it

We bid farewell to Brian Dames, the outgoing CEO of Eskom, after his last day at the utility yesterday. With the earlier departure of former Eskom financial director, Paul O’Flaherty, and head of communications, Hilary Joffe, this signals the end of an era – short though it was, at about four years.

 

Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Malusi Gigaba

While Dames’ departure may be understandable – the burdens of office of the Eskom CEO are particularly onerous these days, and he indicates that he needs to get a life again – it surely cannot be said that Dames has achieved success. In fact, by leaving before the end of his term at a critical stage in the construction of the new-build programme – which is running three years late and which he and O’Flaherty led – Dames has surely failed in the mission and goals that he would have set himself upon taking office.

The reality is that the utility is facing enormous problems which are converging at a time when Eskom has been left with an acting CEO with no direct experience of running a major state-owned enterprise and business the size of Eskom, or managing projects of the size and technical complexity of Medupi and Kusile.

The longstanding generation capacity crisis has led to the invoking of emergency protocols on at least three occasions since November 2013 in order to stave off a national power blackout. This has forced regular mandatory load curtailments by Eskom’s largest industrial customers – 32 of whom consume some 45% of the electricity generated by the utility – as well mandatory rotating load-shedding of industrial, commercial, agricultural and domestic customers country-wide for one day in February 2014.


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MT-Energie UK to build 500kW anaerobic digestion plant in Isle of Wight - CleanTechnology News, Industry Analysis, Market Research Reports - Clean Technology Business Review

MT-Energie UK to build 500kW anaerobic digestion plant in Isle of Wight - CleanTechnology News, Industry Analysis, Market Research Reports - Clean Technology Business Review | david | Scoop.it
MT-Energie UK to build 500kW anaerobic digestion plant in Isle of Wight CleanTechnology News, Industry Analysis, Market Research Reports - Clean Technology Business Review Keith Leddington-Hill of Laurence Gould Partnership secured approval for the...
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Expert calls for fair distribution of SA electricity

Expert calls for fair distribution of SA electricity | david | Scoop.it

Cape Town - Large industrial electricity users are not sustainable for South Africa as the cost of energy goes up for consumers, an industry expert has asserted.

"BHP's smelters are not sustainable. Want a quick fix to the electricity problems? Shut down the smelters, lose 400 jobs, put 4GW back on the grid, and create many thousands of jobs elsewhere with the new electricity available," Frank Spencer told News24, referencing BHB Billiton, a massive user of electricity in SA.

Spencer has a masters in Electrical Engineering, as well as a Philosophy degree in Sustainable Development and runs Emergent Energy, a renewable energy consultancy and projects company.

Eskom recently asked Billiton to temporarily switch off its two aluminium smelters which consume large amounts of energy as the country faced an electricity shortfall.

Peak electricity production in SA is at about 34 000MW, but that includes the use of open cycle gas turbines which carry a cost premium over coal-fired plants.

Domestic users

Domestic users in SA account for around 17% of consumption, while industry takes up 37.7% and mining 15%, according to the government gazette on electricity pricing policy of 2008.

During the evening peak when most domestic users consume electricity, the grid is at its most vulnerable - in part because of the wide distribution network as well as vandalism, as opposed to a narrow supply network for industrial users.


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Mail & Guardian: You will pay to bail out Eskom

Mail & Guardian: You will pay to bail out Eskom | david | Scoop.it

Eskom is in trouble – with seemingly nowhere to turn. The utility is in a funding crisis but government will no longer foot the bill.

 

Financially embattled Eskom has run to the government for additional funding to pay its spiralling bills. But the treasury has refused and said it will not fund the utility from its strained coffers, and the energy regulator couldn't help even if it wanted to.

 

Faced with a shortfall of hundreds of billions of rands, significant delays in bringing new power stations on line, the recent bout of load shedding, escalating costs and now serious talk of a requested bailout, Eskom is in trouble – with seemingly nowhere to turn.

The treasury has made it clear that its cupboard is bare: it does not have the funds to bail out the power utility. Its view is that the state-owned enterprise must fund its additional costs itself or turn to electricity users.

But the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), an independent body meant to represent consumers in a tariff determination, is standing firm on its decision to grant a far lower electricity tariff increase than what Eskom applied for. In any event, its hands are tied for another year.


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Tunisia: Low Carbon increases stake in Nur Energie - African Manager

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reNews Tunisia: Low Carbon increases stake in Nur Energie African Manager Low Carbon, the renewable energy investment company, on Wednesday announced it has increased its stake in Nur Energie, a multi-technology solar power plant developer in the...
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