Eskom uses fee structure to discourage solar power generation

Eskom uses fee structure to discourage solar power generation

Eskom has proposed a new fee structure which will give high usage customers a break, but lower use customers will pay more.The state power utility Eskom says it is working to make itself more attractive to consumers. Those who can afford it have started to turn to renewable and off-grid power altern

  Melani Nathan
Mboweni says PIC will throw another life-line to Eskom

Mboweni says PIC will throw another life-line to Eskom

Tito Mboweni says the PIC is working with Eskom and National Treasury to arrange further assistance for the debt-laden SOESouth Africa’s state-owned power utility is drowning in debt. Eskom has been plagued by corruption, bad management and failing infrastructure. The power utility has been struggli

  Melani Nathan
Can SA refineries survive Covid-19, looming clean fuel regulations?

Can SA refineries survive Covid-19, looming clean fuel regulations?

Oil refineries, under pressure from Covid-19 containment, could add to job losses in a country already facing a 30% unemployment rate.South Africa’s fuel production sector is in trouble. At Sasol’s Sustainability Roundtable, the petrochemicals giant admitted that the country doesn’t have enough natu

  Melani Nathan
Budgeting for darker days – a DIY guide

Budgeting for darker days – a DIY guide

Once more, the Western Cape takes the lead in encouraging us to adopt a self-sufficiency mindset – something increasingly and tragically necessary in South Africa today. I say ‘once more’, because at a recent Emergency Medicine conference Western Cape Disaster Management chief, Dr Wayne Smith, heavi

  Jackie Cameron
Eskom’s long awaited rescue plan – the electricity monopoly ends

Eskom’s long awaited rescue plan – the electricity monopoly ends

South Africa unveiled its long-awaited plan to save Eskom, including exposing it to greater competition, lowering fuel costs, increasing renewable-energy output and selling non-core assets.The weight of Eskom on our economy is like the world that the Greek god Atlas had on his shoulders. It was his

  Linda van Tilburg
NECSA funds abuse bombshell – Yelland

NECSA funds abuse bombshell – Yelland

It has become a recurring refrain in South Africa; another state-owned enterprise in trouble with barely enough funds to pay their staff looking for a government bailout. This has also happened at the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) prompting the largest union at Necsa, the National Education,

  Linda van Tilburg
Medupi: the unstable lifeline to Eskom and SA – Yelland

Medupi: the unstable lifeline to Eskom and SA – Yelland

Last week’s loadshedding was another reminder of how fragile the Medupi power station is. With Kusile, these power stations were supposed to be the flagships of South Africa’s power generation but instead of that; it has become as Bloomberg put it “textbook studies on how not to execute large infras

  Linda van Tilburg
New energy blueprint: Solar, wind in; nuclear benched; coal’s slow burn

New energy blueprint: Solar, wind in; nuclear benched; coal’s slow burn

As the government releases the energy road map for South Africa for the next decade, many lips are wondering about its current predicament. The re-emergence of loadshedding highlighting some key concerns with what the new plan is moving away from – the Medupi and Kusile energy elephants. One could a

  Stuart Lowman
Parliament at odds over Eskom as the clock ticks

Parliament at odds over Eskom as the clock ticks

While various parliamentary oversight committees are seemingly at odds over an Eskom salvage job, the embattled power utility has until the end of this month to meet its intimidating financial obligations. Eskom told one committee (Public Enterprises), it had a plan, while another (the Standing Comm

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Flickering into flame – SA’s trailblazing energy plan

Flickering into flame – SA’s trailblazing energy plan

If you’re willing to take a roller coaster ride that thrills and scares, decanting you onto a platform of unprecedented hope around our energy sector, (and thus our entire economy), read on. It seems President Ramaphosa’s on-off $11bn climate fund plan that stands to turn Mpumalanga into one of the

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Prepare for coal burn-out – Chris Yelland

Prepare for coal burn-out – Chris Yelland

The writing is on the wall for thermal-coal and it is not a moment too soon. From the soot covered images of Victorian chimney sweeps depicted in movies to the smoke-puffing stacks of Witbank and the sickening statistics of premature deaths due to air pollution; it is a dirty business. Greenpeace re

  Linda van Tilburg
Early days, but is this SA’s energy/pollution solution?

Early days, but is this SA’s energy/pollution solution?

At first glance, it’s almost too perfect a plan, this $11bn green energy initiative that manages Eskom’s financial woes, lowers our greenhouse gas emissions, placates the unions and boosts alternative energy sources. Which is exactly why it so thoroughly deserves centre stage in what will surely soo

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A renewable tax boost for SA business – analysts

A renewable tax boost for SA business – analysts

The attention is always in the detail, as Chris Yelland and Mariam Isa point out in the article below. In the fine print of the Income Tax Act, introduced in 2016, businesses that install solar power are permitted to depreciate the asset over three years, 50% of the capital cost in the year of commi

  Stuart Lowman
An open letter to Pravin: A six-pronged approach to fixing Eskom

An open letter to Pravin: A six-pronged approach to fixing Eskom

CEO of African Source Markets, Bevan Robert Jones, has penned an open letter to the minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan with some options for an Eskom fix.It’s been deemed too big to fail, but then surely all eyes should be on an Eskom fix? The only thing being thrown at it seems to be bil

  Stuart Lowman
Still no puff from Kusile and Medupi – Chris Yelland

Still no puff from Kusile and Medupi – Chris Yelland

There are many ‘what if’ scenarios in South Africa, apart from the obvious biggie; what if the ANC never elected Jacob Zuma as ANC President; Medupi and Kusile would easily win the other prizes for ‘what if the two mega power station were actually completed and delivered the 9,600MW of power they we

  Linda van Tilburg