Eskom, which is seeking funding to move away from coal-fired power, held “fruitful discussions” with Western climate envoys recently, its CEO said.
South Africa is seeking cheap finance for more than R400-billion of electricity infrastructure as part of its plans to move away from heavily polluting coal.
The world’s richest countries are courting South Africa as a model of how to transition to a more climate-friendly future from a dependency on coal. It’s a pity about the politics, then.
Eskom has filed an urgent application in the high court to prevent a situation where it will be unable to generate any revenue from 1 April next year.
Banks say they have to keep funding at least some coal projects for now because an immediate halt would cause upheaval.
It is not clear publicly just how bad the picture is across Eskom’s aging coal power station fleet. Strong indications are that things are bad.
Rich nations shouldn’t force South Africa to ban new coal-power projects, energy minister Gwede Mantashe said.
Eskom will suspend load shedding at 5am on Thursday but has warned that “significant risks remain” and the rolling blackouts could be implemented again “at short notice”.
Load shedding will continue until well into next week, electricity utility Eskom said on Friday evening.
Eskom will implement stage-2 national load shedding from 9pm on Thursday evening. The rolling blackouts will continue until 5am, the state-owned utility said.