Posts Tagged ‘Power Stations’


The electricity crisis and climate change – poor timing

15 May 2008

I recently welcomed the completion of government’s Long Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) on Climate Change. The LTMS document outlines the various policy options that may be necessary in order for this country to play its role in contributing to the stabilisation of the world’s climate.

I wonder whether Eskom is going to pay any attention to this document at all. Building new coal-fired power stations without the best technology, nor with the ability for future “carbon capture and storage“, does not align it with the likely responses needed for the mitigation of climate change.

I guess a couple of readers of this blog will just say, “So what! Eskom must keep the lights on.” True, but let us at least acknowledge that this electricity crisis and the rushed development plans that will flow out of it are going to make our response to climate change more difficult. Read the rest of this entry ?


Lighter side of load shedding – Eskom’s new plant building

18 April 2008

In keeping with the theme of recent posts on Eskom’s inability to meet demand going forward and the need to restructure the electricity sector, this photo arrived in our inbox this morning with the subject line “Good news on load shedding” and the caption, “Eskom have started work on the new 4800MW power station in Limpopo.”

A long way to go

Pretty harsh, but it made you smile, didn’t it? 🙂


Load shedding news – more on Eskom bonuses and the poor condition of power stations

8 April 2008

The Democratic Alliance last week accused minister of public enterprises and Eskom executives of evasive tactics following statements from Eskom and the department of public enterprises indicating that the question of bonus shares for Eskom executives was yet to be decided.

“As such, the Democratic Alliance calls on Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin to make a clear and unambiguous statement that the bonuses will not be paid,” said DA public enterprises spokesperson Manie van Dyk.  Click here to read more >>

The DA also wrote to Eskom asking for clarity on a number of issues, not least of which was whether Eskom had implemented pre-emptive load shedding in an urgent attempt to recondition poorly-maintained plants ahead of peak winter demand. This followed two shock announcements from the power utility regarding the questionable condition of power plants and the stoppage of certain projects if Eskom’s 60 percent tariff hike application was rejected. Click here to read more >>