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Anton Eberhard
Energy policy & investment specialist & advisor. Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar, Power Futures Lab, GSB, University of Cape Town
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Ironic that South Africa’s IRP2019 electricity plan categorises nuclear as a “no regret option”
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Anton Eberhard Nov 26
“This move to renewable energy in SA’s mining is not a question of “if” any more, it has to be “when” — and the sooner the better after years of delays.” # via
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Anton Eberhard Nov 26
Sensible power generation regulatory reform proposals by Dr (who sits on the President’s Economic Advisory Council) but Energy Minister says “if we do, we are going to throw ourselves under the bus and have chaos in the country”
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Anton Eberhard Nov 25
Goldfields sought permission to build a 40MW solar PV plant at its South Deep mine 3 years ago. Now the regulator NERSA plans to hold a public hearing before possibly issuing a licence. Why a hearing? What’s the public interest? We need regulatory reform
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Anton Eberhard Nov 25
A quick win for South Africa's desperate need for more infrastructure investment is regulatory reform around licensing for electricity generation. Here are some sensible, pragmatic reform proposals from 's
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Anton Eberhard Nov 24
Talk about complicated! This chart shows the current process to register or obtain a licence to generate electricity in South Africa. Why does government require licences for electricity consumers who want to create their own solutions?
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Anton Eberhard Nov 24
Breath of fresh air. CEO says South Africa needs more power, that coal and nuclear can’t deliver in time and that obvious immediate choices are solar, wind and storage
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Anton Eberhard Nov 18
What’s the rationale for requiring licences for power generation in SA? For meeting technical standards? The Grid Code and connection agreements should suffice. For energy security planning? Covered by registration and GIS data. Any reasons? Time for sweeping regulatory reform
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Anton Eberhard Nov 18
We're barely a month a way from mid-summer and Cape Town's dams are still more than 99% full
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Anton Eberhard Nov 17
Power supply in Zimbabwe is “depressed”
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Anton Eberhard Nov 17
Official death certificate for South Africa's proposed Thabametsi coal IPP. It’s hard to see how another coal power station can be financed and built in the country. Time to update the IRP electricty plan and to fast track least cost options
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Anton Eberhard Nov 17
The best announcement you could make at SA’s Investment Conference this afternoon, Minister , is “I shall be gazetting an ERA Schedule 2 amendment exempting the requirement for a licence for projects supplying power on a willing buyer willing seller basis”
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Anton Eberhard Nov 17
Replying to @AntonEberhard
A dirigeste state fails to remember why regulations are needed. We need to regulate the electricity grid, a natural monopoly. We need to protect captive customers & poor households. But power generation is competitive. South Africa needs to liberate it so investments can flow /4
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Anton Eberhard Nov 17
Replying to @AntonEberhard
So many conferences, so many plans, so many project lists, but not enough actual investment in South Africa. Regulatory reforms could make a huge difference, though. For example, do away with the need for licences for private investments in power to private users. $ would flow /3
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Anton Eberhard Nov 17
Replying to @AntonEberhard
So many companies are willing to either invest in or buy power from new renewable energy plants. They can move quickly and take hundreds of megawatts of load off the grid, contributing to overall energy security but are frustrated by a highly regulated power sector in SA /2
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Anton Eberhard Nov 17
I had another call from an international company today. They want 450MW of solar+wind to supply their South African businesses & can offer 20y contracts to IPPs. But licences? Who do they speak to? The minister? The president? It’s not like this in other countries, they say 1/
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Anton Eberhard Nov 16
The world’s existing coal power stations are running less and less of the time ⁦
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Anton Eberhard Nov 13
Air pollution from power stations is the worst since 1997 via
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Anton Eberhard Nov 13
The energy transition is accelerating. Will South Africa’s energy minister embrace a viable competitive energy future or suffer the fate of the Neanderthals ?
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Anton Eberhard Nov 13
No more state money for South African Airways I’m filing this
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