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Regulation News

Nersa extends deadline for comment on Eskom’s move to reserve grid for public IPPs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has extended to June 17 the deadline for comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement processes implemented in line with Section 34 of the... 

Nersa confirms registration of 105 more generators as overall number rises to 1 415 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it registered a further 105 generation facilities during the period from January to March 2024, raising to 1 415 the number of facilities registered since the system was introduced in 2018. In a statement, Nersa said the newly... 

Solar PV facilities made up 99 of the registrations, with total capacity of 499 MW and an investment cost of R9.9-billion
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Solar PV facilities made up 99 of the registrations, with total capacity of 499 MW and an investment cost of R9.9-billion

Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects, as well as the implications should permission be granted. 

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Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects

Plans for acceleration of Eskom’s transmission expansion falling into place – Scheppers 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2024 Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers says he believes the “pieces are falling into place” that will allow the power utility to “ramp up and move faster” in expanding the country’s constrained power grid. Grid expansion will enable Eskom and independent power producers to bring much-needed... 

Image of Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers
Segomoco Scheppers

Presidency insists 22.5 GW private IPP pipeline won’t be disrupted by Eskom move to reserve grid for public projects 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2024 The Presidency does not anticipate that Eskom’s move to reserve scarce grid capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement bidding rounds will disrupt the more than 130 private IPP projects being advanced outside of those processes to supply private consumers.... 

Eskom’s has applied for permission to reserve scarce grid capacity for IPPs participating in public procurement bidding rounds
Eskom’s has applied for permission to reserve scarce grid capacity for IPPs participating in public procurement bidding rounds

As municipal debt programme falters, Eskom CFO calls for mechanism to ensure the utility gets paid 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2024 Municipal debt remains one of Eskom’s biggest challenges, says Eskom CFO Calib Cassim. “At the end of March, we were sitting at around R75-billion of municipal arrears owing to us. That has grown in the last financial year in the region of R15-billion. 

Calib Cassim and Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
Calib Cassim and Eskom CEO Dan Marokane

South African member committee of World Energy Council launched

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2024 A South African member committee of the World Energy Council (WEC) has been launched under the aegis of the Energy Council of South Africa. The member committee is made up of ten high-level energy practitioners drawn from the public and private sectors, namely: 

Eskom seeks Nersa permission to reserve grid capacity for public IPP procurement rounds 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement processes implemented in line with Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation... 

Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala

Not out of the woods yet, but there is visible progress – Eskom CEO

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2024 On day 55 of no loadshedding in South Africa, newly appointed Eskom boss Dan Marokane warns that the country is “not of out the woods yet, but we have visible progress towards where we want to be, and we should acknowledge that”. Speaking at Enlit Africa 2024 held in Cape Town on Tuesday – on day... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim and CEO Dan Marokane
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim and CEO Dan Marokane

NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to face any opposition; and what further actions can be expected once the Bill becomes law.   

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer
NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill (Camera: Shadwyn Dickinson; Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2024 The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, which has far-reaching implications for the future structure and operation of an electricity supply industry that has hitherto been dominated by Eskom. The Bill received support from all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa may sign ERA Bill ahead of the elections
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President Cyril Ramaphosa may sign ERA Bill ahead of the elections

Salga energy head calls for post-election review of free basic electricity scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2024 The head of energy at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a review of both the size of the free basic electricity (FBE) allocation as well as the way the grant is assigned, arguing that many indigent households are currently not benefiting from the scheme as... 

Many households in informal settlements remain unelectrified
Many households in informal settlements remain unelectrified

Drakenstein municipality completes audit, resets prepaid electricity meters

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th May 2024 Drakenstein municipality, covering Paarl, Wellington, Mbekweni, Gouda, Saron, Hermon and Simondium, in the Western Cape, has completed the formal auditing process of prepaid electricity meters of municipal customers in Drakenstein. There are now only a few meters outstanding in the area which the... 

Battery storage procurement faces some delays 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's approach to procuring battery storage, the delays that some of the battery storage bid windows face and the likely market reaction to these delays. 

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Battery storage procurement faces some delays

Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources. Founded in 1962 by Peter Wilhelm Borbet, the family-owned company has five locations in Germany, as... 

Outa asks govt to clarify roles of Ministers in ERA Bill, minimise Nersa’s price-setting power

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2024 While the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) supports the broad intent of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, as it seeks to improve energy security in the country, it says more must be done to move away from regulated pricing to more market-oriented pricing with greater levels of... 

Electrical specialist says load curtailment in Ekurhuleni should be respected, or more outages may ensue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2024 With the City of Ekurhuleni having entered into a load curtailment agreement with national power utility Eskom, this mandatory energy reduction has been met with some protest by businesses, but electrical control equipment provider CBI-electric:low voltage engineering executive Dr Andrew Dickson... 

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2024 With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment Bill is passed by the current Parliament, work is now advancing on the market code for the future... 

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

Eskom says modest R9m RCA request not a signal of alignment with Nersa on calculations 

By: Terence Creamer     17th April 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has initiated consultations on Eskom’s latest Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2022/23 financial year, where Eskom is requesting R9-million, its lowest RCA application since the utility began making yearly submissions... 

Nersa public hearing

Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error not signal imminent surge in cuts – Nersa  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has belatedly moved to quell concern that its recent approval of a new loadshedding code of practice, which increases the number of potential stages from eight to 16, represented a signal that the prospect for higher levels of loadshedding was... 

A person using candles during power cuts
NRS Association management committee chairperson Vally Padayachee explains the reason for the new loadshedding standard at a Nersa briefing. Recorded & Editing by Shadwyn Dikinson. 16.4.2024

Electricity outlook for winter  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for South Africa's electricity sector. 

Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter

Eskom defends pollution record, saying it’s spending billions

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2024 South Africa’s State power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to reduce output of one of its most dangerous pollutants. Eskom Holdings said it’s committed to a... 

Eskom's Duvha power station

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines

All conditions met for separation of NTCSA, but April deadline for full operationalisation missed 

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2024 All the suspensive conditions opening the way for the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) to be constituted as a separate, distinct and wholly-owned subsidiary of Eskom Holdings have been met, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom chairperson Mteto Nyati have... 

Power lines

BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’ 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) and has called for it to be “revised immediately”.... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso

New online portal launched to aid Cape Town’s solar PV boom

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2024 The City of Cape Town has launched a new online application portal for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. More than 5 000 solar PV systems have been authorised to date, totalling 126 MVA, with monthly applications to the city tripling between 2021 and 2023. 

Eskom to implement Nersa-approved electricity price increase from April 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2024 Power utility Eskom has confirmed that it will implement electricity price increases, as approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), from April 1. The utility in October 2023 applied to Nersa for the approval of its Retail Tariff and Structural Adjustment Application and... 

Eskom's tariff increases from April 1
Eskom's tariff increases from April 1

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2024 Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's ability to ensure cost-effective electricity supply, energy security and to uphold the Constitutional... 

A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom

Eskom board considers enlarging and extending Standard Offer Programme

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that the Eskom board is considering lifting the current 1 000 MW allocation set aside for its Standard Offer Programme to 4 000 MW and extending the scheme beyond its initial three-year time horizon. Through the Standard Offer Programme Eskom can... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

NTCSA unbundling secures lender consent, Ramokgopa confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Eskom’s eight “lender groups” have given their consent to the establishment of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) as a separate subsidiary under Eskom Holdings. Bondholder consent was one of several key approvals required... 

Powerlines

Draft IRP 2023 falls short in every aspect, says Just Share

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2024 As government considers the public comments made on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023 up to March 23, shareholder activism organisation Just Share has called for a remodel of the policy, with “updated data and correct assumptions”. The organisation says the draft IRP does not comply... 

Just Share climate change engagement director Robyn Hugo
Just Share climate change engagement director Robyn Hugo

BW8 last under IRP 2019, nuclear ambitions not a pipe dream – Mantashe

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2024 Bid Window 8 of government’s Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme will be the last bid window under the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, says Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. “We’ll then have issued all the bid windows provided for under IRP 2019.” 

Independent power producer body rejects an IRP that ‘plans to fail’  

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2024 The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), the comment deadline for which is on March 23. In its formal comment on the draft, SAIPPA argues that the document is... 

Wind and solar farms

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching

Tear up IRP 2023 and start again, Outa asserts

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2024 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has called on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to recall and reworked the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) and to then reissue a revised document for “meaningful” public consultation that includes public hearings. In its... 

Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage
Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage

REIPPPP Bid Window submissions deadline extended  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the reasons for the extension of the bid submissions deadline for Bid Window 7 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, what this could mean for other procurement rounds and the anticipated outcome of Bid Window 7. 

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REIPPPP Bid Window submissions deadline extended

Cape Town businesses, households get R25.8m for excess electricity fed back into grid

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2024 The City of Cape Town says businesses and households have earned more than R25.8-million under the city’s Cash for Power programme since the start of the 2022/23 financial year. This comes after the city started to buy excess solar photovoltaic power from small-scale generators in exchange for... 

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