Feb 2015

More Than 70 Bids Received For Fourth Renewables Bid Window

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Tuesday that 77 bids were received by the August 18, 2014, submission deadline for the fourth bid window under government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and that, with the evaluation process complete, an announcement of the preferred bidders was “imminent”.  Read more

Stage 2 Load Shedding In Progress

“Stage 2 load shedding started at 08:00 and will continue until 23:00 on Thursday, Eskom said in a power alert statement”.  Read more

High Risk Of Load Shedding, says Eskom

“​Power utility Eskom has issued a warning that there is a high risk of load shedding on Wednesday, saying the grid is under pressure”.  Read more

Wind And Solar Energy Saved South Africa R5.3 Billion Last Year

​Renewable energy is still very much on the back-burner for the South African government, but if you need any further proof that it can dramatically ease the burden of electricity supplier Eskom’s fossil fuel generation, look no further than a recent Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) study.  Read more

Eskom Moves To Stage 2 Blackouts

“​Power utility Eskom would implement stage two rolling blackouts from 14:00 on Wednesday, it stated on Twitter”.  Read more

“​Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is urging households and businesses to make provision for “at least two-hour power outages between 7:00 and 22:00 daily”, while warning that the energy situation will remain “extremely tight” for the foreseeable future” Read more

“Government should allow other power producers to compete and end Eskom‘s monopoly, the DA said on Wednesday”.  Read more

04 FEB Brown Urges Citizens, Businesses To Prepare For Daily Power Cuts

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is urging households and businesses to make provision for “at least two-hour power outages between 7:00 and 22:00 daily”, while warning that the energy situation will remain “extremely tight” for the foreseeable future”  Read more

Eskom: Customers helped end load shedding

“There may be a lesson from Tuesday’s aborted stage 1 load shedding, as Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe praised consumers for heeding the call to reduce their electricity consumption”.  Read more

Eskom Price Hikes To Follow Baleni Resignation – DA

“The resignation of the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) CEO Phindile Baleni will lead to hikes in the electricity price, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday”.  Read more