ARTICLES RELATING TO ELECTRICITY

SA power cuts hold off doomsday

2015-01-29 21:10
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Rolling blackouts have blighted society and business, as the country faces an increasing number of outages. But the alternative, a grid collapse, could be catastrophic.

Mantashe: Power strain due to economic growth

2015-01-28 19:17

The strain on the power grid is due to economic growth and development, says ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

GE to build power plant in Ghana

2015-01-28 14:23

General Electric plans to build 1 200-megawatt thermal power plant in Ghana to come on stream in five years' time to address the country's power deficit.

Eskom: SA on power alert

2015-01-28 07:44
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Eskom says intensified power cuts are needed because of a shortage of generation capacity, and any extra load or faults in the system may necessitate load shedding.

Power cuts to bolster supply – Eskom CEO

2015-01-27 19:29

Eskom has implemented stage two rolling power cuts to help bolster power supply for the rest of the week, acting CEO Dan Marokane says.

Stage 2 load shedding hits country, but Eskom promises it won't move to stage 3

2015-01-27 10:35

25% of Eskom's generator capacity is not operational due to technical problems, resulting in load shedding that will continue until 22:00, says the power utility.

Eskom must crack down on arrear payments

2015-01-22 11:33

Making the vast numbers of defaulting consumers and municipalities pay their arrears will make a real difference to Eskom, say Fin24 users.

Time for Nersa to own up on Eskom

2015-01-22 06:00
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Regulator Nersa has played its part in creating power problems and now needs to stand up and correct its mistakes, an energy insider says.

Nene: Eskom's challenges are in SA

2015-01-21 08:38

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has welcomed Eskom's decision to pull out of the World Economic Forum, saying the challenges it confronts are at home.

Brazil orders rolling blackouts as demand spikes

2015-01-20 11:00

Rolling blackouts have swept across parts of Brazil as the grid operator ordered select power cuts to avoid a larger crisis.

No power cuts scheduled

2015-01-19 15:17

No load shedding is being implemented at present but the electricity grid remains constrained, Eskom says.

6 key points from Eskom load shedding briefing

2015-01-15 16:00

Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona has given an impassioned explanation about the challenges facing the embattled energy supplier.

Eskom sees strained grid for next few years

2015-01-15 11:59

Power utility Eskom expects the grid to remain constrained for the next two to three years, raising the likelihood of more load shedding, says a spokesperson.

Health inspires people to save power

2015-01-13 16:45

Telling people how pollution can harm kids' health inspires them to use less electricity than telling them how much money they could save.

New load shedding schedule for Cape Town

2015-01-12 12:48

The City of Cape Town is rolling out a new load shedding roster as Eskom continues to battle to keep the country's lights on.

Load shedding - 'proudly brought to you by the ANC'

2015-01-12 07:00

The electricity crisis and the threat of economic shutdown are of the ANC’s own making, says the Democratic Alliance.

Load shedding is job shedding - DA

2015-01-11 17:02
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South Africans will continue to lose their jobs as long as the ANC denies that the country is in an electricity crisis, says the Democratic Alliance.

Economy hamstrung by load shedding

2015-01-11 13:40

Rolling blackouts could be more damaging this year to the already-struggling economy because the impact will be more widespread.

Use electricity sparingly - Eskom

2015-01-08 19:39

Eskom has called on all South Africans to pull together and use electricity sparingly as the power system remains vulnerable.

Statnett sees final decision on $2bn UK cable

2015-01-05 18:45

Norway's grid operator Statnett plans to make a final investment decision on a $1.8 - $2.48bn project to build the world's longest subsea cable to Britain.

Save power, money in 2015 – City Power

2015-01-01 07:10

Johannesburg power utility City Power has urged the city’s residents to save costs by cutting down on their use of electricity.

Geopolitics key to SA’s R1trn nuclear plan

2014-12-22 08:55

Politics may tip the balance as Russia’s Rosatom and France’s Areva prepare to battle it out for SA’s planned nuclear-energy project that could cost about R1trn.

UK households to pay £1bn for power backup

2014-12-19 17:00

British households are set to pay nearly £1bn to help guarantee the country's electricity supply in 2018/19.

Are you prepared for load shedding this weekend?

2014-12-12 15:10

You don't have to be hurling insults at Eskom when load shedding occurs. Keep your cool by being prepared.

Jozi old age home in the dark due to power failure

2014-12-11 08:56

A power failure has caused the last working lift in an old-age home in Brakpan to break down, leaving its elderly residents no choice but to climb stairs in the eight-storey building.

 

Eskom: System stable, load shedding risk low

2015-01-29 07:53

The chances of power cuts being implemented are minimal as it looks like the system is relatively stable, says electricity supplier Eskom.

Eskom warning system not adequate - Seifsa

2015-01-28 14:38

The biggest challenge facing the steel and engineering industries impacted by load shedding was the lack of predictability due to slow warning systems, said an expert.

Eskom has funds for diesel up to March

2015-01-28 10:52

Power utility Eskom has funds to pay for diesel to run its turbines until the end of March, averting a crisis that could have seen it lose 5% of its capacity.

Peak pricing pilot promising - Eskom

2015-01-28 06:00

Early results from a pilot project, which charges customers higher rates for power on selected peak demand days, are "very promising", Eskom says.

Power supply tight for rest of summer

2015-01-27 13:50
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13:50 UPDATE: The power grid is extremely constrained and will remain so for the rest of the summer, says Eskom.

Eskom: We can provisionally meet demand

2015-01-22 17:27

If there is no technical breakdown this week Eskom will meet electricity demand, says the parastatal.

Zuma: Power grid can't handle population

2015-01-22 08:37
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SA's electricity infrastructure was not designed to serve 11 million households, President Jacob Zuma has told the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Load shedding is possible, warns Eskom

2015-01-21 11:55

The power grid continues to be constrained and power cuts are possible should anything unexpected happen, says Eskom.

Eskom must account for WEF sponsorship - DA

2015-01-20 15:15

The DA has welcomed Eskom's decision not to take part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, but is calling into question its claims of not being a sponsor.

Namibia exporting power to SA

2015-01-20 08:15

Namibian power utility NamPower is currently exporting up to 200 MW of electricity to Eskom, according to an official.

Eskom shifts blame to public, says body

2015-01-16 07:48
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Earthlife Africa has accused Eskom of failing to offer explanations on financial sustainability, saying it holds the public to ransom by threatening national blackouts.

Stable power helps keep December trade positive

2015-01-15 13:15

Trade conditions were positive in December 2014, with fewer electricity disruptions contributing to this, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry says.

IDC rules out asset sale to rescue Eskom

2015-01-15 09:51

The Industrial Development Corporation will not consider selling its holdings in listed companies to take pressure off cash-strapped Eskom, says its chief executive.

ANC, not apartheid blamed for energy woes - EFF

2015-01-13 14:46
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The EFF says the ANC and not apartheid is to blame for South Africa's energy problems.

Nene: Eskom must get its house in order

2015-01-12 09:03
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says Eskom must sort out its problems because they are hurting the economy, according to a report.

Turning blood to power

2015-01-12 05:00

Maasai pastoralists have found an innovative way to generate biogas: using animal blood and waste from the Keekonyokie slaughterhouse.

UK's Labour seeks to force energy price cuts

2015-01-11 15:04

The opposition Labour party intends to introduce a law to compel the energy regulator to force firms to cut prices in response to any fall in wholesale costs.

ANC is racing to rescue Eskom, says Zuma

2015-01-11 10:57

The ANC government is accelerating the pace to bring the Medupi and Kusile power stations onto the grid, says President Jacob Zuma.

SA mulls giving credits for solar power

2015-01-05 19:22

SA’s energy regulator is looking at a framework to enable homes and businesses to get credits for feeding surplus power generated from solar panels.

Eskom: Power grid constrained

2015-01-05 17:00

Eskom says the power grid is constrained, but stable, after a spike in electricity usage as people returned from holiday.

Power failure in Mamelodi

2014-12-24 13:52

Residents of Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, risk spending Christmas without electricity after a substation was damaged, the City of Tshwane has said.

Eskom to fork out R1.4bn on food for workers

2014-12-21 10:50
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Eskom will spend a staggering R1.4bn on two catering contracts to provide free meals to its staff at the Medupi and Kusile power plants, according to a report.

Eskom generators running again

2014-12-17 07:52

Four Eskom generators, that have stopped working at three power stations, are functional again, an official says.

Power grid doing well, says Eskom

2014-12-12 07:57

There is a low probability of load shedding as the grid is in good shape and unless something happens, the power will be fine, says Eskom.

Load shedding: how to keep your lights on

2014-12-10 09:25

You don't have to be hurling insults at Eskom when load shedding occurs. Keep your cool by being prepared.

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