Eskom wants review of green energy project

Thor

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What a bunch of ....

South Africa can't move forward
 

HavocXphere

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Yeah don't think I'd trust these guys enough to do business with them at this stage...too much political interference & uncertainty.
 

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“Who stands to benefit when this debate is swept under the carpet? After all, the current expansion plan will bring unnecessary higher cost to consumers and will ultimately increase the cost of doing business in this country, impacting country competitiveness.”
As if Eskom hasn't achieved that all by itself with running diesel generators to cope with demand, overpaying for power plants and having projects run for years behind schedule.

Koko said the introduction of IPPs was partly based on the assumption that Eskom would only be able to build enough generating capacity by 2022.

“But through disciplined implementation of the plant maintenance programme, Eskom has been able to stabilise the power system, resulting in no load shedding in more than one year,” he explained.
No you idiot. It's the decrease in demand due to a shrinking economy. With a competent government behind the helm that would not have been the case but then again a competent government would also not allow Eskom to create such a mess. You don't solve one problem by creating another.
 

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As if Eskom hasn't achieved that all by itself with running diesel generators to cope with demand, overpaying for power plants and having projects run for years behind schedule.


No you idiot. It's the decrease in demand due to a shrinking economy. With a competent government behind the helm that would not have been the case but then again a competent government would also not allow Eskom to create such a mess. You don't solve one problem by creating another.

We are unfortunately all reaping the consequences of years of school boycotts.
 

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The problem is simply relying on Eskom... No developed countries let's something as important as electricity be provided by just one company, because if that company fails/becomes corrupt/is captured by Indians... etc. you need someone else to turn to.

Think about it in terms of water or food. Imagine 'FoodKom' had a monopoly on food production, we'd all have starved. Imagine you couldn't buy bottled water if the municipal pipes ran out... It's crazy that electricity is an enforced monopoly.

The municipalities should be allowed to generate/source their own power, not just Eskom, and sell it amongst eachother. That would be a good first start... and then let other people sell to those municipalities too!
 

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The problem is simply relying on Eskom... No developed countries let's something as important as electricity be provided by just one company, because if that company fails/becomes corrupt/is captured by Indians... etc. you need someone else to turn to.
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The municipalities should be allowed to generate/source their own power, not just Eskom, and sell it amongst eachother. That would be a good first start... and then let other people sell to those municipalities too!
They are. That's how Cape Town has managed to avoid some load shedding. There's just no mandate or local policies to facilitate IPPs.
 

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The problem is simply relying on Eskom... No developed countries let's something as important as electricity be provided by just one company, because if that company fails/becomes corrupt/is captured by Indians... etc. you need someone else to turn to.

Think about it in terms of water or food. Imagine 'FoodKom' had a monopoly on food production, we'd all have starved. Imagine you couldn't buy bottled water if the municipal pipes ran out... It's crazy that electricity is an enforced monopoly.

The municipalities should be allowed to generate/source their own power, not just Eskom, and sell it amongst eachother. That would be a good first start... and then let other people sell to those municipalities too!

You do know why we rely on Eskom right?

Please don't ask me to find the article / info piece because I can't remember, but in the wake of all the fiasco with load-shedding etc I remember reading a piece that outlined the whole history (aka sad saga) of how and why we ended up with the drama.

From what I can remember it boiled down to the ANC putting a moratorium on building new power plants because a. they were planned by the apartheid government and therefore ipso facto bad and b. they were used as a carrot to lure an overseas investor into setting up a privatized electrical supply in SA. Skip a few years and loads of crap later they couldn't get anyone to bite because of the strings attached with providing for the people (which Eskom doesn't do either, but no mind) but now we are in the dwang because no-one thought to re-implement those plans they stopped. And here we are, still with a real electricity shortage, and no real plan to develop a sufficient large generation capacity to meet TODAY'S requirements let alone growth.

There is also an issue with the fact South Africa supplies Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe with HUGE amounts of electricity - apparently the generation capacity of Botswana is so bad they get two thirds of the entire countries power supply from South Africa.
 
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