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  1. Hanno Labuschagne

    Just two weeks of load-shedding for the rest of 2024 if Eskom keeps up good performance

    Just two weeks of load-shedding for the rest of 2024 if Eskom keeps up good performance Eskom's power station generating capacity recovery has been significant enough that South Africans might only experience two weeks of load-shedding in 2024, according to the Sunday newspaper Rapport. Amid...
  2. Hanno Labuschagne

    SA data centres must reduce Eskom reliance — Communications department

    SA data centres must reduce Eskom reliance — Communications department South Africa's Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) wants data centre providers to reduce their dependency on the national power grid. This was revealed in its National Policy on Cloud and Data...
  3. M

    How can I disconnect from Eskom grid?

    Hi guys/gals, I have a large PV system that runs the entire house. To no longer need Eskom I would only need another 20kwhr's of battery. In any case, I'd like to start the process of having my Eskom line terminated physically as the monthly fee for a 60amp breaker(which is required) for PV...
  4. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom and Joburg at loggerheads over R1-billion debt

    Eskom and Joburg at loggerheads over R1-billion debt Eskom is taking Johannesburg power utility City Power to court over its debt for electricity supply. The affidavits it supplied with its court filing show that City Power owes nearly R1 billion for four invoices from late March 2024. The...
  5. Hanno Labuschagne

    Sudden drop in Eskom breakdowns

    Sudden drop in Eskom breakdowns Eskom's latest performance data showed a dramatic reduction in its unplanned breakdowns, also known as the Unplanned Capability Loss Factor (UCLF). Energy analyst Chris Yelland highlighted that Eskom's UCLF dropped by five percentage points — from 30.56% to...
  6. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom claps back at De Ruyter and DA over diesel-burning allegations

    Eskom claps back at De Ruyter and DA over diesel-burning allegations Eskom has hit back at speculation that it is burning diesel excessively to power its open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) and avoid load-shedding. In a statement on Friday evening, the power utility said that "contrary to media...
  7. Hanno Labuschagne

    Nersa failure could be good news for electricity users — bad news for municipalities

    Nersa failure could be good news for electricity users — bad news for municipalities South African households and businesses buying power from municipalities might avoid their regular annual electricity tariff hike in the coming months. Sunday newspaper Rapport reports that the National Energy...
  8. Hanno Labuschagne

    Three decades of government failure on electricity provision

    Three decades of government failure on electricity provision In 1994, Apartheid ended and the African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s first ever democratic elections, promising “Electricity for All” as part of its Reconstruction and Development Programme. Back then, only 36% of all...
  9. Jan

    How to save money with a solar and battery system while Eskom load-shedding is suspended

    How to save money with solar while Eskom suspends load-shedding While there has been no load-shedding in over two weeks, solar power system users can still ensure their investment is providing some returns by using self-generated power to reduce their electricity bills. The first way to get...
  10. Hanno Labuschagne

    Real reason for drop in Eskom load-shedding

    Real reason for drop in Eskom load-shedding The extended relief in load-shedding in the past two weeks is not because of the improved performance of Eskom's generating fleet but due to a drop in demand for the power utility's electricity. That is according to EE Business Intelligence founder...
  11. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom aiming to slash particulate matter pollution by 70% in a decade

    Eskom aiming to slash particulate matter pollution by 70% in a decade South Africa’s state power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to reduce output of one of its...
  12. Jan

    Eskom says illegal connections getting worse

    Eskom’s massive illegal electricity problems Eskom has major illegal electricity problems in South Africa, with the already-embattled power utility forced to fork out billions to address issues resulting from illicit connections, sales, and cable theft. Moreover, these activities can...
  13. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom Direct 2024 price hikes analysed

    Eskom Direct 2024 price hikes analysed Eskom's latest tariff hikes will see many direct residential customers paying between R168 and R792 more per month on their electricity bills. The adjustments — which took effect on 1 April 2024 — will see all Eskom Direct tariffs increase by a minimum of...
  14. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom's early Kusile celebration could be short-lived

    Eskom's early Kusile celebration could be short-lived Eskom's celebration of improved performance at its troubled Kusile Power Plant this past week is premature, as the station still needs extensive retrofitting and repairs to offer anywhere near its full capacity, Rapport reports. During...
  15. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom says Greenpeace report's measurement of air pollution health impact is wrong

    Eskom says Greenpeace report's measurement of air pollution health impact is wrong Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s state power company, disputed the findings of a Greenpeace report that it operates many of the world’s worst emission sites for toxic nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide...
  16. Hanno Labuschagne

    Cape Town school's electricity connection cut after failing to pay R39,000 bill

    Cape Town school's electricity connection cut after failing to pay R39,000 bill A primary school in Delft, Cape Town owed Eskom about R39,000 and has been without electricity since February. The education department is trying to assist the school but this is not the first time it has been...
  17. Hanno Labuschagne

    Greenpeace study finds Eskom power stations big air pollution sinners

    Greenpeace study finds Eskom power stations big air pollution sinners South Africa is home to many of the world’s worst emission sites for toxic nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide and most of those are operated by the nation’s state power utility, according to Greenpeace. Coal-fired power...
  18. Hanno Labuschagne

    Load-shedding break for the "long weekend"

    Load-shedding break for the "long weekend" Eskom will suspend load-shedding from 05:00 on Thursday, 21 March 2024, due to an expected decrease in electricity demand heading into the weekend, coupled with an increase in available generating capacity. The rotational power cuts will be dropped...
  19. Hanno Labuschagne

    Cape Town launches online portal for private solar applications

    Cape Town launches online portal for private solar applications The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has launched an online portal to simplify and speed up solar installation applications by households and businesses. CoCT mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis launched the new online Energy Services Applications...
  20. Hanno Labuschagne

    Eskom switches to stage 2 and stage 3 rotation for the week

    Eskom switches to stage 2 and stage 3 rotation for the week Eskom is bringing an end to daytime load-shedding breaks and increasing evening load-shedding by one stage. The change in schedule comes after the power utility lost three generating units and experienced delays in returning another...
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