Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, emphasized the importance of tapping into private sector liquidity to accommodate the growing renewable energy solutions in South Africa.
Private Sector Participation
- Dr. Ramokgopa highlighted the need for government and the private sector to join forces in addressing the transmission constraints that have hindered the connection of renewable energy solutions to the grid.
- The expansion and strengthening of the transmission network will demand significant resources, and with Eskom’s financial limitations and deteriorating sovereign matrix, private sector involvement becomes crucial.
Engaging the Private Sector
- The government is actively engaging with the private sector to identify factors that will attract more investment in transmission.
- The aim is to avoid repeating the mistakes made in addressing generation capacity constraints, where the private sector alone was expected to resolve the issues.
Planned Maintenance and Power Stations
- Eskom remains committed to executing planned maintenance on its generating units to prevent future failures.
- Dr. Ramokgopa emphasized the importance of diligently carrying out planned maintenance to enhance the reliability of power supply.
Progress in Reducing Unplanned Capacity Loss Factor (UCLF)
- Progress has been made in reducing the UCLF, which averaged approximately 13,751MW during the week of September 18 – 22.
- The goal is to consistently lower the UCLF to ensure a greater supply of available megawatts, which can offset the need for intensified load shedding.
Load Shedding and Recent Developments
- The Minister discussed recent load shedding incidents, attributing them to various factors, including weather-related challenges in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.
- Certain areas were exempted from load shedding to support emergency response efforts during storms.
Collaboration between the government and the private sector is crucial for addressing transmission constraints and accommodating the growth of renewable energy solutions in South Africa. Planned maintenance, reduction in the UCLF, and load shedding management remain key focus areas to ensure a stable and reliable power supply.