energy

ADB Head Pushes for Energy Access

The new head of the African Development Bank, Africa should push to achieve universal access to electricity within a decade while accelerating its transformation to a continent exporting finished goods, rather than raw materials.
 
Akinwumi Adesina, who took over as president of the 50-year-old institution earlier this month, has set an ambitious series of goals to guide it through Africa's increasingly complex financial environment.
 

Grid Planning as Important as Power Generation

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said that, “Energy planning in South Africa has neglected the key element of how electricity moves from generation to consumption.”
 
In Gridlocked‚ a research paper‚ the ISS’s Steve Hedden criticises “government’s response to power shortages and load-shedding” for having been “a thrust towards more power generation” but has neglected the element of “transmission and distribution”.
 

The State of Electricity in South Africa - Part II: The Progress in Medupi

The construction of Medupi power station was first commissioned in 2007 to remedy Eskom’s electricity capacity, which had started exhibiting signs of failure to meet demand. It is the fourth dry-cooled, baseload station built in 20 years by Eskom after the Kendal, Majuba and Matimba power stations.

The State of Electricity in South Africa - Part I

“There’s a belief out there that the electricity challenge is a result of the failure of  government, of lack of leadership ... The economy of apartheid was racially skewed  and structured to take care of the minority, not the majority of the country ...  Apartheid forced the majority of people to live far away from economic  opportunities, this exclusion must be defeated.” - President Jacob Zuma, 2014 

HSF Analyses Medupi Costs and Delays

Following on from his brilliant analysis, which showed why President Jacob Zuma is wrong about who to blame for the mess at Eskom, Helen Suzman Foundation’s, Elias Phaahla, looks at the progress of Medupi power station in the Limpopo Province.

Phaahla argues that progress on a project that had a set target of four years but currently sits at seven and is only expected to be completed in 2019 – but unlikely.

Eskom Price Hike Rejected

The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) has refused to grant Eskom another tariff increase.

NERSA held public hearings on Eskom’s ‘selective reopener application for the third Multi-Year Price Determination’ last month.

NERSA chairperson, Jacob Modise, argued that Eskom’s application does not comply with certain municipal acts, adding that high prices of electricity would result in job losses and that this was Eskom's third Multi-Year Price Determination application to NERSA.

NERSA Urged to Reject Eskom’s Tariff Bid

South Africa’s Catholic bishops say it is unfair to pass on the burden of Eskom failures to customers‚ especially the poor.

For this reason‚ the church’s Commission for Justice and Peace is calling on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to reject Eskom’s electricity tariff request 25.3 percent for the 2015/2016 financial year.

“Eskom’s crisis is a result of poor management and cumulative lack of political will to tackle the energy crisis in a comprehensive and sustainable manner‚” says commissioner chairperson, Bishop Gabuza.

South Africa's Electricity Crisis: Clearer Prioritisation and Coherence Needed

Is there clarity and coherence in current measures being taken by South Africa’s government to address the country’s critical energy challenges?

Last month's (March 2015) suspension of four top executives of Eskom, the state-owned energy utility, and the subsequent resignation of its chair, Zola Tsotsi, have partly overshadowed the five-point plan adopted by the Cabinet on 10 December 2014 to address South Africa’s electricity supply constraints.

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