OPINIONISTA: Wanted: A real emergency energy plan – yesterday

2022/06/26 23:35:00

Load shedding will get even worse, unless we implement an emergency plan to roll out renewable energy and storage, and appoint a new energy minister capable of delivering.

Load shedding will get even worse, unless we implement an emergency plan to roll out renewable energy and storage, and appoint a new energy minister capable of delivering.

Load shedding will get even worse, unless we implement an emergency plan to roll out renewable energy and storage, and appoint a new energy minister capable of delivering.

of the 2,000MW the program was supposed to deliver.14 hours ago Incidents of intimidation of employees and blocking roads to power stations and facilities had occurred.12 hours ago Incidents of intimidation of employees and blocking roads to power stations and facilities had occurred.“Eskom regrets to inform the public that stage 4 load shedding is anticipated to continue from 05h00 on Monday morning until midnight at least until Wedne sday.

By comparison, Eskom’s current supply gap is between 4,000 MW and 6,000 MW.Eskom also needs to retire 22,000 MW of badly ageing coal generation capacity over the next 13 years, if not more.Head of generation Rhulani Mathebula said many activities at power stations had to stop, including manual loading of coal into systems.So, by the time the new solar projects come online, they will only meet around 3% of the current energy supply gap and 0.Mathebula said there were attempts to force employees out of power stations on Thursday.5% of the future energy supply gap we face.“We have encouraged our employees to make sure they share with us the records of SMSes they are receiving and the number of calls they are receiving so we can deal with the issues.One big obstacle to Mantashe’s emergency program has been the corruption allegations around the powership projects, which make up the majority of the program.” Currently, approximately 4,000MW of generation capacity is at risk due to the illegal strike action.

Apart from being snared in legal and environmental challenges, the polluting powerships are also proving to be uneconomic , especially with gas prices so high and so volatile.” Mathebula said some employees had stayed home for their own safety.” Mathebula said some employees had stayed home for their own safety.Rather than throwing in the towel on the failed powerships, Mantashe seems dead set on pushing it through.One wonders if it has to do with who will benefit from the R200-billion-plus project.Oberholzer said there were low reserves of water and diesel at the peaking plants and stage 4 was necessary to protect the integrity of the system and preserve reserves to respond to possible emergencies.Whatever the motivation, the result is that we have a stalled emergency energy program that may never see the majority of its proposed projects come to light.Diesel stock levels at Ankerlig power station were below 40% on Friday morning.Sadly, that’s not the only energy plan that Mantashe’s DMRE is failing to deliver on.“We are about 30%, which is extremely low.In addition to this, a further 600MW is unavailable due to a line fault in Mozambique that is currently experienced by the Hydroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB).

The DMRE is also failing to deliver on its outdated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) of 2019, which is meant to determine new energy that should be bought online in South Africa.Even before it was written, the IRP was out of date.The IRP aims to build lots of polluting, outdated, and/or expensive projects, such as new coal, gas and nuclear.Most of those would take many years to come online, leaving us stuck with load shedding well into the future.That is, if they ever get built in the face of.” “Eskom appeals to its labour partners and striking employees to put the people of South Africa first, respect the law and to desist from unlawful and undemocratic conduct.

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GlenniePaul The usual BS from people who have absolutely no clue. What SA needs is a Free Energy Market! And Pravin stays! LoveSwaziland We need something done Today!! Not tomorrow or the next day. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 scare tactics, why is renewable energy failing in Europe and countries like came running for our coal

We want nuclear energy. Peterman43 If you can organise a kick back from the sun for GwedeMantashe1 , it will happen in a week. Our current one will never go! South Africans must return to a culture of paying for the electricity and water they use. Municipalities must likewise pay the same utility companies. This, and having government with integrity (not stealing or wanting bribes to do their jobs) that makes a country successful.

We don't need a new minister of energy, we need a completely new, capable and competent government. Yep. GwedeMantashe1 is out of his depth and compromised

Eskom granted interdict to stop strike at plants amid stage 4 load-sheddingEskom has been granted a court order stopping the unprotected strike action at nine of its power stations and facilities over the past 24 hours.

Eskom granted interdict to stop strike at plants amid stage 4 load-sheddingEskom has been granted a court order stopping the unprotected strike action at nine of its power stations and facilities over the past 24 hours.

Eskom extends stage 4 load shedding – here is the new scheduleUnlawful industrial action at various Eskom power stations has impacted planned maintenance and repairs, and at some stations, the full complement of workers has not reported for duty. As a result, stage 4 load shedding will continue to be implemented, says Eskom.

Renewables are not the fix for SA's load-shedding woesRenewable energy is today what the personal computer was for the 1980s: the next frontier. kimkoo Genuine question, kimkoo. Do you think that the newspaper should make it clear that the narrative of this 'opinion piece' conveniently benefits the interests of one (or more) of your PR company's clients? Does the Sunday Times not have to clearly mark this as an advertorial? (PS. I really do hate the term).

Eskom power cuts delay repairs of overloads and faults caused by load-sheddingFault repairs after scheduled power cuts are often interrupted by further load-shedding. Lol Time to privatize electricity, at this rate the whole country is going down the drain with Eskom… Eskom is selfish and greedy

BREAKING: Stage 4 load shedding continuing until WednesdayBREAKING: Stage 4 load shedding continuing until Wednesday Eskom has attributed the continuation of Stage 4 load shedding to 'unlawful amd unprotected' labour action at some of its power stations 'unlawful amd unprotected' ir is it 'unlawful and unprotected' Now these cut off your nose to spite your face people are preventing Eskom delivering electricity meanwhile in Soweto they protesting because they don’t have electricity.. if I was de Ruyter I’d shut down the grid fire all workers when they start looting the grid turn it back on