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Blackouts: green energy frozen out

South Africa could be in for more power disruptions when power consumption increases in winter, with Eskom warning that power supply is tight. While reduced power demand would be the quick-fix solution, Eskom said demand has already increased by 1.5% in the first quarter alone, and forecasts a 2% increase in 2011 overall.  The situation […]

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Eskom sees 1 000-MW shortfall in 2012

South African power utility Eskom calculates that South Africa’s electricity shortfall could peak in 2012 at 9 TWh, the equivalent of 1 000 MW, having confirmed that the first Medupi unit will only be fully introduced into the system by the end of that year. CEO Brian Dames said that it was, therefore, urgent to […]

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‘Extraordinary’ measures required for SA to avoid blackouts from 2011 to 2016

Without “extraordinary” supply- and demand-side intervention, South Africa could face a cumulative electricity shortfall of 42-terawatt-hours (TWh) between 2011 through to 2016, the newly published ‘Medium Term Risk Mitigation’ (MTRM) plan asserts. Eskom is currently estimating that South Africa will consume 228 TWh during its 2010/11 financial year to March 31, 2011, up from 218 […]

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