Eskom 21 days from going broke

Eskom 21 days from going broke

Power utility Eskom is 21 days from going broke, the minister of public enterprises has confirmed.

“Eskom will run out of money by the end of January,” minister Lynne Brown said this week. Brown confirmed the “pressure on the company’s liquidity position”, but would not say how it would be resolved. “It must still be addressed,” she said.

The only options appear to be a government...

SA mulls giving credits for solar power

SA mulls giving credits for solar power

Johannesburg - South Africa’s energy regulator is looking at a framework that would enable homes and businesses to receive credits for feeding surplus power they generate from rooftop solar panels back into the constrained electricity grid.

“There is growing interest from South African electricity customers to install rooftop photovoltaic systems in order to reduce their electricity bill...

State to help Eskom buy diesel

State to help Eskom buy diesel

Johannesburg - The government will help raise cash to fund Eskom’s purchases of diesel from February, when the power utility runs out of money to purchase the fuel used to prevent blackouts.

While Eskom will struggle to pay for diesel from the end of next month, the government will ensure its “ongoing financial security,” Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told reporters after a Cab...

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snøhetta's tilted zero energy house completed in norway

snøhetta's tilted zero energy house completed in norway

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Restructuring Eskom ahead of stabilisation would be ‘catastrophic’ – Matona

Restructuring Eskom ahead of stabilisation would be ‘catastrophic’ – Matona

Eskom is still preparing an input for the Cabinet subcommittee set up to deal with the issue of energy security, but CEO Tshediso Matona revealed this week that the document will call for the stabilisation of the utility to be prioritised ahead of any restructuring proposals.
Speaking following the worst spate of rotational power cuts since 2008, Matona said decisions regarding the “end s...

Eskom CEO: Collapsed silo inspected in 2013

Eskom CEO: Collapsed silo inspected in 2013

Johannesburg - The coal silo that collapsed at Eskom's Majuba power plant was inspected in September last year, with there being no apparent signs of future failure, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said on Sunday.

"The last inspection found that concrete structure was in good physical condition," Matona told journalists at a briefing at their Megawatt Park head office in Johannesburg.

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New Li-Ion Batteries Charge 70 Percent in 2 Minutes, Last for 20 Years

New Li-Ion Batteries Charge 70 Percent in 2 Minutes, Last for 20 Years

A team of researchers in Singapore have developed a next generation lithium-ion battery that can recharge a battery to 70-percent in just two minutes. That means it would charge an entire electric car in just 15 minutes. And here's the kicker: it lasts over 20 years.

Normally, it's safe to be skeptical about new battery technology, but there's something rather hopeful about this breakthr...

Electricity prices to increase 12.69% in 2015, says Nersa

Electricity prices to increase 12.69% in 2015, says Nersa

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the implementation plan of the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance of R7.8-billion for energy utility Eskom, outlining on Friday that the implementation of the second multiyear price determination 2 (MYPD2) RCA in 2015/16 will result in an average tariff increase of 12.69%.
This was an increase from the original 8% e...

Ticking down: SA's (energy) clockwork orange

Ticking down: SA's (energy) clockwork orange

It is hard to be optimistic about where we, as South Africans, find ourselves with our electricity system. The electrification of many areas in communities that once did not have access to electricity counts as a post-democratic success story but the chronic under-investment in our electrical infrastructure meant that we were merely kicking the required-investment can down the road. By DIRK DE...

 
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