WB to Invest in Electricity Production

This summer, the World Bank announced that it will allocate US$5 billion in aid to Africa to help the continent optimise its potential for electricity production. The initiative focuses on hydroelectric power, among other sources.

Although its regional economies are expanding rapidly, Africa still suffers from significant deficiencies in electrification, a factor which hinders development.

There is a plethora of initiatives both private and public aiming to increase access to electricity, but the scale of the task at hands is daunting.

Call to Exempt Hospitals From Pre-Paid Meters

Minister of Copperbelt - copper mining area of Central Africa which runs in Zambia - Mwenya Musenge, has appealed to Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) to consider exempting health institutions from its prepaid meters installation project.

Musenge believes that in as much as ZESCO is supplying power to the public, it needs to revisit the issue of pre-paid meters in health institutions.

He further states that government is committed to ensuring that the majority of the population gained access to electricity and energy country wide.

NGO Urges Mozambique to Probe Blackouts

A Mozambican anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), has called on the country’s attorney-general to order a forensic audit into the publicly owned electricity company, EDM.

The organisation wants the attorney-general to establish who or what was responsible for the prolonged power cuts that hit the central provinces of Manica and Sofala between 29 January and 10 February 2014.

Grid Planning as Important as Power Generation

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said that, “Energy planning in South Africa has neglected the key element of how electricity moves from generation to consumption.”
In Gridlocked‚ a research paper‚ the ISS’s Steve Hedden criticises “government’s response to power shortages and load-shedding” for having been “a thrust towards more power generation” but has neglected the element of “transmission and distribution”.

The State of Electricity in South Africa - Part II: The Progress in Medupi

The construction of Medupi power station was first commissioned in 2007 to remedy Eskom’s electricity capacity, which had started exhibiting signs of failure to meet demand. It is the fourth dry-cooled, baseload station built in 20 years by Eskom after the Kendal, Majuba and Matimba power stations.

NERSA Urged to Reject Eskom’s Tariff Bid

South Africa’s Catholic bishops say it is unfair to pass on the burden of Eskom failures to customers‚ especially the poor.

For this reason‚ the church’s Commission for Justice and Peace is calling on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to reject Eskom’s electricity tariff request 25.3 percent for the 2015/2016 financial year.

“Eskom’s crisis is a result of poor management and cumulative lack of political will to tackle the energy crisis in a comprehensive and sustainable manner‚” says commissioner chairperson, Bishop Gabuza.

SA Electricity Industry and the UK, NZ, Chile and Brazil

The challenge for all electricity sectors is to ensure an adequate supply of electricity at an affordable price. All countries have their own challenges, degrees of private sector involvement and of political intervention, but nowhere in the world is the system as archaic as in South Africa (SA).

SA Needs Another Medupi and Kusile

South Africa should already be planning another power station of the size of Medupi or Kusile, which are both 4 800MW coal-fired power stations.

Commentators say that unplanned power cuts continued on 10 March 2014 as South Africa returned to work under the shadow of last week’s first official load shedding since the rolling electricity cuts of 2008.

Smart Electricity Planning

Fast-tracking to a healthy, modern, affordable electricity supply for all.

On Wednesday, 8 May 2013 the Electricity Governance Initiative South Africa (EGI-SA) launches its latest report:  “Smart Electricity Planning”. The aim is to strengthen and to build on the South African government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to fast-track our nation’s transition to a smarter and more equitable electricity future.

Renewable Energy Good for SA - WFC

The World Future Council (WFC) says renewable energy has the potential to spur on socio-economic development in South Africa.

According to a new study conducted by the WFC and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, renewable energy feed-in tariff policies (REFiT) are a promising way to unlock renewable energy development in Africa.


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