Posts Tagged ‘Parliamentary Question’

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Parliamentary question on daylight saving as a means of saving energy

20 May 2008

DA environmental affairs spokesperson Gareth Morgan asked the following question about daylight saving as a means of conserving energy during peak periods:

Mr. G Morgan (DA) to ask the Minister of Minerals and Energy:

Whether a study has been done to assess the viability of instituting a daylight saving; if not, why not; if so what are the relevant details .

Whether there is any intention to institute daylight saving; if not why not; if so () when will it be instituted and (b) what are the cost implications of such an initiative.

This is the minister’s reply:

Studies were conducted on daylight savings, in 1986 by CSIR and ESKOM did a study in 2006. The conclusions of the studies was that there will not be any significant impact on the energy consumption, either in the reduction on the peak demand or reduction on the base-load power, as a result of introduction of daylight saving.  It is accepted that the studies are now dated and as such a need for a new study has been identified.

The current position may be reconsidered if the new study by Eskom, which has been commissioned by the Department of Public Enterprises, recommends such. This will take into account attendant potential socio-economic impacts on a national scale and provide a cost-benefit analysis.  This study is expected to be completed by June 2008.

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Parliamentary question on Eskom coal shortages

18 March 2008

You might have noticed last week that we added a ‘Parliamentary questions’ category on the blog. Today, we add our first post in that category with a question to Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin, followed by his reply:

Dr S M van Dyk (DA) to ask the Minister for Public Enterprises:

(a) Since what date has Eskom been experiencing a coal shortage, (b) why was and is this shortage still experienced, (c) what was the shortage, (d) how much coal does Eskom currently receive, as opposed to how much it needs and (e) what has Eskom done to solve this problem since the shortage came about;

(a) Why did he and Eskom ignore the warnings regarding the problems with acquiring coal and the condition of the roads, which have been mentioned in a number of Eskom’s annual reports since 2003, and (b) why did Eskom lower its coal stockpile;

Whether Eskom will change its tender policy for coal in the light of specific problems mentioned in its 2007 annual report (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(a) How many contracts of former coal suppliers were cancelled or not renewed or considered since 1998; (b) (i) how many and (ii) which new emerging firms have received contracts in order to achieve the goals of black economic empowerment (BEE) and (c) how many of the new BEE firms have met their contractual obligation to deliver sufficient coal on time to Eskom? Read the rest of this entry ?