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Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs
Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs
17th April 2024

Johannesburg Water has showcased some of the various reservoirs and systems that supply the City of Johannesburg with water. The water utility also outlined the challenges in operating the systems... 


Nersa public hearing
Eskom says modest R9m RCA request not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations
17th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has initiated consultations on Eskom’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2022/23 financial year, where Eskom is... 


A person using candles during power cuts
Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error not signal imminent surge in cuts – Nersa
16th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has belatedly moved to quell concern that its recent approval of a new loadshedding code of practice, which increases the number of potential... 


Power lines over an informal settlement
South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls
16th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key... 


Power lines
Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build
12th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more... 


Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 - IISD
South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 - IISD
10th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new study has found that South Africa's fossil fuel subsidies tripled between 2018 and 2023, rising to R118-billion from R39-billion over the period, with subsidies having been increased largely... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa says ‘degree of convergence’ reached with NTCSA on unlocking private participation in grid
9th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that a “degree of convergence” has been reached between his Ministry and the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) regarding private... 


Eskom to ramp down planned maintenance to 3 000 MW in winter
Eskom aims to keep breakdowns below 14 GW this winter as it cuts diesel budget
9th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom will reduce planned maintenance to 3 000 MW during the upcoming winter season and will seek to keep unplanned breakdowns to below 14 000 MW in a bid to... 


Globeleq CEO Mike Scholey
Globeleq says R5.7bn Red Sands will be largest standalone battery storage project in Africa
5th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Leading African independent power producer Globeleq says the 153 MW/612 MWh Red Sands project, which was recently awarded preferred bidder status under South Africa’s inaugural battery storage... 


Power lines
All conditions met for separation of NTCSA, but April deadline for full operationalisation missed
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

All the suspensive conditions opening the way for the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) to be constituted as a separate, distinct and wholly-owned subsidiary of Eskom Holdings... 


Eskom's Hex battery project, developed separately form the IPP procurement programmes currently under way
Third battery storage programme seeks bids for five Free State sites
2nd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has launched South Africa’s third public procurement round for utility-scale batteries, while also extending the bid submission deadline for... 


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W Cape Premier’s department allocates over R100m to fix energy crisis
26th March 2024 By: Thabi Shomolekae

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced on Tuesday that over the current Medium Term Expenditure Framework, the Department of the Premier is ploughing R103.4-million into a response to the energy... 


Solar panels
Solar PV body questions technology costs and build limits in draft IRP
26th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) questions both the cost assumptions used for the technology in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), as well as the 900 MW... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Eskom board considers enlarging and extending Standard Offer Programme
25th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that the Eskom board is considering lifting the current 1 000 MW allocation set aside for its Standard Offer Programme to 4 000 MW and extending... 


Powerlines
NTCSA unbundling secures lender consent, Ramokgopa confirms
25th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Eskom’s eight “lender groups” have given their consent to the establishment of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) as a... 


Wind and solar farms
Independent power producer body rejects an IRP that ‘plans to fail’
20th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), the comment deadline... 


Unconstrained IRP would have far more wind and solar PV, analysis shows
Conclusions in opaque IRP 2023 are ‘incorrect and economically damaging’
19th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In an excoriating assessment of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), Meridian Economics points to serious problems with the modelling and cost assumptions used by the Department of... 


Energy Regulator approvals mark another step towards NTCSA’s operationalisation
Energy Regulator approvals mark another step towards NTCSA’s operationalisation
18th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Energy Regulator has taken another set of decisions opening the way for the operationalisation of a separate grid company in South Africa ahead of the far-reaching legislative... 


SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
SAWEA wants IRP overhaul as it questions massively diminished role for wind in current draft
18th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) formal response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) questions both the modelling and assumptions used to determine the vastly... 


Sungrow's new three-phase inverters
Sungrow launches new three-phase battery/inverter system in South Africa
15th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

Solar power solutions company Sungrow has unveiled its three-phase inverter and battery energy solution in South Africa, featuring several new inverter models and battery options suited for both... 


Electricity pylons
South Africa takes next step toward opening up electricity trade
15th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa moved a step closer toward creating a competitive electricity market after legislation that establishes the framework cleared another hurdle. The Electricity Regulation Act Amendment... 


Power lines
South Africa’s next energy challenge: A R390-billion grid upgrade
15th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is facing a monumental challenge as it seeks to end years of rolling electricity outages that have hobbled the economy: It needs to build and fund a R390-billion expansion of the... 


Wind turbine at sunrise
IPPO confirms May 30 renewables bid deadline as it moves to accommodate grid quotes and curtailment
13th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has confirmed that the deadline for submissions under Bid Window Seven (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 


A lit candle
Loadshedding moves to Stage 3
12th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Eskom will implement Stage 3 loadshedding from 16:00 on Tuesday to 05:00 on Wednesday and will repeat this pattern for the next few days. The move to Stage 3 loadshedding is owing to the loss of... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa won’t need Electricity Minister by end of 2024
12th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said an anticipated improvement in electricity supply should see him out of a job by the end of 2024. The country, which has been plagued by crippling... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Eskom mulls integration of Vgbe report recommendations into revised recovery plan but hints at ‘inaccuracies’
11th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says Eskom’s new CEO, Dan Marokane, will offer a comprehensive outline of a revised generation recovery plan that will seek to integrate recommendations... 


Substation with wind turbines in the background
Curtailment framework in play for current renewables bidding round, Ramokgopa confirms
11th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa and the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) have both confirmed that the curtailment framework outlined by Eskom in January is immediately available... 


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Ramaphosa assures Eskom working on increasing electricity generation capacity
11th March 2024 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that Eskom, under the leadership of its new Group CEO, is finalising an agreement with business to deploy additional independent skilled experts to support... 


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Business, govt meet to discuss electricity, logistics reforms
8th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest meeting held between senior business leaders and President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet; the feedback provided on efforts to tackle... 


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