Sustainable Energy Briefing 22: BHP Billiton, Eskom, Oil

During 2010, the energy debate focused on climate change and the IRP2010. This Sustainable Energy Brief focuses on three somewhat ignored issues; BHP Billiton’s renegotiated Special Purchasing Agreement with Eskom, Eskom’s costs and revenue, and Peak Oil. Of these, the last is of the greatest concern, as the impacts are global and profoundly frightening. Compared to the energy basis of our economies disappearing, BHP Billiton’s local shenanigans seem small change. Except that sweetheart deals with BHP Billiton seem to take the small change from the pockets of ordinary citizens and …

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SE Briefing 18: Eskom Costs and Tariffs

This Sustainable Energy Briefing seeks to bring some degree of clarity to the confusing issue of Eskom costs and tariffs, and, in particular, tariffs to industrial users. What seems apparent from this analysis is that industrial users of electricity are paying below Eskom’s average cost of production and at rates inadequate to CAPEX requirements, the policy of cheap electricity to industrial is contributing to Eskom’s poor financial position, and some industrial users appear to be paying below the actual cost of production. All of this has caused Eskom to cancel …

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