energy

SA on track to meet energy transition project targets

LOCAL South Africa says it’s on track to meet its targets when it comes to the ambitious just-energy transition project. South Africa and many other countries are seeking to move away from coal and gas to cleaner energy sources like wind and solar. The head of the Presidential Climate Finance[…]

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Public Enterprises minister points to difference between ‘state of disaster’ and ‘power system emergency’

LOCAL There are growing calls to declare an Eskom state of disaster, as commentators fingered rolling blackouts as the greatest threat to South Africa’s economic recovery. Eskom is currently implementing stage two load-shedding until Monday morning. The DA is calling on president Cyril Ramaphosa to “stop denying reality and acknowledge[…]

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SAFCEI calls out gov over pursuit of nuclear energy

Tomorrow will be four years since the Western Cape High Court found the government’s one-trillion rand nuclear deal and associated energy procurement processes to be “illegal and unconstitutional”. The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute says the deal would have bankrupted the country. Safcei’s Executive Director, Francesca de Gasparis, says[…]

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Government commits to increasing energy capacity by 30%

The Department of Energy has gazetted new regulations outlining their commitment to sourcing over 11 800 MW of power for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) over the next few years. This new energy will be procured from diverse sources, including solar, wind, gas, coal and storage. While meeting the country’s energy[…]

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IPPs do not impact Eskom’s finances negatively: expert

Independent Power Producers comprise less than 5% of Eskom sales, members of Parliament have heard. The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises was on Wednesday briefed by several stakeholders in the energy industry on measures to solve Eskom’s operational and governance challenges. Among them was UCT Professor Anton Eberhard, who also[…]

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System constrained, but no loadshedding planned: Eskom

Eskom says the system is still extremely constrained and vulnerable, with generating plants performing at very low levels of reliability. The power utility says no loadshedding is planned for Tuesday – but the probability remains if there’s any unexpected shift on the system. Eskom has not implemented any loadshedding since Friday last week,[…]

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5 important things happening in South Africa today

Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today: Eskom’s management team will attend an urgent meeting today to assess the current power situation, after the company was forced to implement stage 2 load shedding late last night. The company has been using its emergency reserves to keep the[…]

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Govt will finally announce its plan for Eskom today

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, will at midday on Tuesday release government’s long-awaited Special Paper on Eskom. In a statement, his office said that he will set out in detail a comprehensive roadmap for Eskom in a “reformed electricity supply industry”. Gordhan is expected to announce that Eskom[…]

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Eskom warns of load shedding today

In a statement on Wednesday morning, Eskom warned that Stage 2 load shedding could be implemented from 9:00 to 23:00 today. Eskom said that it is experiencing a “shortage of capacity”, and that more details will follow. FIND: Your load shedding schedule  Stage 2 load shedding allows for 2 000 MW[…]

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Coal country: South Africa introduces carbon tax

by Agence France-Presse (AFP). South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law a carbon tax to cut emissions in the continent’s worst polluter, the treasury said Monday, drawing cautious praise from environmentalists. South Africa’s reliance on coal The tax, a rare step for an emerging economy, will be levied[…]

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