Electricity Supply Situation

Engineering News Online reported in an article `With 32 units in need of ‘surgery’, Eskom says unplanned outages to remain’, published on 17 September 2014, that interim Eskom CEO, Collin Matjila, had advised the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy that Eskom ‘would take some time to arrest the current high levels of unplanned outages, revealing that 32 of its 87 coal-fired generating units required “major surgery”, while four were in a “critical condition”’.
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City of Cape Town signs first embedded electricity generation contract

In a media release available at https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/MediaReleases/Pages/default.aspx the City of Cape Town announced that its Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, was to sign on 23 September 2014, the first agreement between the City of Cape Town and Black River Park to allow this customer to feed surplus electricity generated from renewable sources back into the municipal grid and to receive an offset for doing so.
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Electricity Suppliers Liaison Committee [ESLC]: Update of NRS brochure

Readers will be interested to note that the ESLC has updated its `Industry Specifications Information Brochure’ in September 2014. A copy of the brochure in PDF format was included on the memory stick provided to all AMEU Convention delegates and on the AMEU website at http://www.ameu.co.za/LibraryReports/IndustryDocuments.aspx#lt-5258212-nrssabs
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NERSA Notice to ESI Stakeholders: new versions of SA Distribution and Transmission Grid Codes

Readers are advised that NERSA posted the following notice on its website at http://www.nersa.org.za/ (Latest News column) on 3 September 2014:  Notice To All Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) Stakeholders
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NERSA Consultation Papers: Distributed power generation and wheeling rules

Engineering News Online reported in an article `Nersa finalising distributed-power, wheeling consultation papers’, published on 20 September 2014, that `the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will release a consultation paper in February next year outlining the possible regulatory framework for “distributed power generation” in South Africa, including how “prosumers” could be empowered to feed surplus electricity into the grid.’ Full-time member for electricity Thembani Bukula is reported to have said that `…the aim is to ensure an “orderly introduction” of embedded generation, which Nersa views as inevitable, notwithstanding the prevailing legislative impediments.’
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NERSA determination: Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance:

In a recent statement by National Treasury outlining a Cabinet-endorsed package to close Eskom’s funding gap, estimated at R225 billion, it indicated that “government will support Eskom’s application to NERSA for tariff adjustments in line with the regulatory process”.  Thembani Bukula, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) full-time member for electricity has however reportedly said the regulator is not anticipating an approach by Eskom for a “reopener” of the current tariff determination.
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