Eskom’s cost calculations on renewable electricity - more nuance

2017-01-20 14:06

With sufficient data, a more accurate approach would be to run scenarios on Eskom’s production planning optimisation models, says Eskom's Deon Joubert.

Koko unpacks Eskom’s renewable costs, but experts disagree

2017-01-17 12:52

Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko has revealed how renewable energy costs are suffocating Eskom’s finances, but energy analysts have queried the science behind his calculations.

Eskom will support major renewable energy growth in 2021 – Koko

2017-01-13 19:57

Acting Eskom CEO Matshela Koko says the utility will support major growth in the renewable energy sector from 2021, when he believes prices will come down.

Renewable energy investment fell 18% in 2016 - study

2017-01-12 18:16

Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18% in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study has found.

Wind/solar sectors mull Eskom court bid while new energy plan delayed

2017-01-10 12:45

The Department of Energy has delayed new energy plans, while the renewable sector is considering going to court to force Eskom’s hand amid its new build woes.

WATCH: Is it time to break up Eskom?

2016-12-28 18:52

The SA Renewable Energy Council has accused Eskom of abusing its power and suggests the power utility be split in two. Watch this interview with Fin24's Matthew le Cordeur.

Nuclear will cause major debt, renewables will create jobs - Bishop

2016-12-12 06:58

In an open letter to the Energy minister, Safcei patron Bishop Geoff Davies explains how big build projects like nuclear will hit SA's debt levels and won’t create meaningful jobs.

Renewable energy becoming an economic no-brainer

2016-12-09 19:38

The relentless drop in prices of renewables puts large-scale power plants, unable to compete with lower prices, at real risk of becoming stranded assets, warn analysts.

Google hits renewable energy goal

2016-12-06 21:16

Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity.

Energy minister supports nuclear coming online in 2026

2016-11-30 19:18

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has indicated that the nuclear new build programme will start coming online by 2026 and that renewable energy cannot be unconstrained.


Court can force Eskom to sign wind, solar plans – IPP legal advice

2017-01-18 12:08

Renewable energy IPPs whose new build plans have been held up by Eskom can take the power utility to court, according to legal opinion by Webber Wentzel.

A bumper year for renewable energy

2017-01-15 06:37

This year could be a bumper one for South Africa’s renewable energy programme as prices could drop if the sector can sort out its problems with Eskom.

EXCLUSIVE: Koko seeks to resolve Eskom impasse with renewables

2017-01-13 13:10

Acting Eskom CEO Matshela Koko says Eskom and government stakeholders are nearly ready to present a solution that will enable it to sign power purchase agreements.

5 reasons why Eskom is wrong about renewables costs – CSIR

2017-01-12 13:19

The CSIR has refuted Eskom’s cost calculations regarding renewable energy, after the utility said surplus power caused a net loss of R9bn to the economy.

Energy conundrum? What energy conundrum?

2016-12-29 08:01

Debates about out energy security tend to revolve around trumpeting the positives of green energy and the negatives around carbon based generation methods. What really is the best solution, asks Inga Mbambisa.

Renewable energy: From leader to losing out

2016-12-16 13:52

Globally, investment shows that clean renewable energy is the future but Eskom and factions in government seem hell-bent on making South Africa pursue nuclear energy.

Maths and politics

2016-12-11 06:37

Scathing criticisms were levelled at the department of energy’s new draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) this week in Boksburg, especially the “illogical” bias against renewable energy.

Wind, solar could cost R90bn less than nuclear - CSIR

2016-12-07 17:44

A re-optimised energy mix scenario, with 72% of renewables, could cost R90bn less than either of the IRP 2016’s base case and carbon scenarios.

SA adding 'too much' electricity to the grid - Brown

2016-11-30 20:12

South Africa is currently adding electricity to the national grid, which is more than what is required, says Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.

Why new energy plan has sparked strong emotions

2016-11-29 07:43

South Africa has a new energy plan. Renewable energy in the form of wind, gas and solar feature high on its agenda. Hartmut Winkler unpacks the energy mix.

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