Eskom: Govt's five key interventions - Dept of Energy

The Department of Energy issued a media release on the adopted five-point plan to address the electricity challenges in the country. The five-point plan is a short and medium term (next 30 days, as well the next 3 years) intervention to normalise electricity supply to the grid for the next three years.  The five key interventions are as follows: Eskom Emergency Measures; Co-generation; Gas imports; Coal Independent Power Producers (IPPs); Demand-side Management.

Electricity Supply Situation: Department of Energy Initiatives

Engineering News Online reported that the Department of Energy (DoE) issued a formal appeal for companies and individuals to provide it with information on possible near-term solutions to reduce or shift electricity demand, as well as to immediately improve supply. Responses to the request for information (RFI) must be submitted by 2 February 2015 and will guide the design of future procurement processes.

Municipal debt to Eskom hindering electricity supply

This was the subject of an Engineering News Online article published on 23 January 2014 titled ‘Municipalities’ R4bn debt to Eskom hindering electricity supply’. The article reported on a statement attributed to civil rights organisation AfriForum on 22 January 2015 that claims that `Municipalities owe State-owned power utility Eskom more than R4.6-billion, an increase of more than R2-billion in the last year, a debt that is contributing to the pressure on Eskom’s ability to provide electricity.

Seminars: Domestic Electricity Loads and BIG DATA for Electricity Forecasting

The first announcement for two seminars that may be of significant interest to some municipalities has recently been received. The will take place as follows:
  • Domestic Electric Loads: Consumption, Demand and Profiles – a seminar presenting new information about SA domestic customer load behaviour.
    • Date: Wednesday, 12 November 2014
    • Venue: John Maree Auditorium, Eskom Academy of Learning, Midrand
    • Fee: R350 per day.

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”’.

City of Cape Town signs first embedded electricity generation contract

In a media release available at 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.