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Eskom mulls restart of some suspended savings schemes in wake of load shedding

Engineering News ONLINE

11 March 2014

Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on Tuesday that the utility was considering restarting some of the energy-saving programmes that were suspended in late 2013 as a result of funding constraints.

The approach was likely to be similar to the one taken to extend short-term electricity purchases from independent power producers (IPPs) until May, whereby Eskom was buying the power “at risk” after having failed to receive regulatory sanction to do so.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) did not cater forEskom’s full IPP procurement and demand-side management requests when granting it yearly increases of 8% for the five-year period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018.  Read more...

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