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South Africa: Eskom’s Central Role in Energy Policy Debates

Eskom will continue to play a central role in energy policy debates in 2017, especially after Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown’s recent comments that appeared to support Eskom’s negative stance toward IPPs, and renewables in particular. Along with Eskom’s announcement that its turnaround strategy has resulted in improved plant availability, Brown’s statements will give Eskom management confidence to maintain its position and continue to thwart IPPs. The plant availability and new capacity have alleviated pressure on Eskom. If unplanned outages were still a constant threat, Eskom would be far less emboldened against IPPs.

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