- Eskom claims it generates 'approximately 45%' of the electricity used in Africa
- While the power utility does indeed export power to other countries, is the real figure this high?
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this claim to bring readers the truth
Eskom claims on its website to supply Africa with 45% of the electricity used on the continent.
Determining if this claim is true requires finding out how much electricity is consumed by Africa in its entirety.
Obtaining data on Africa's power consumption is a difficult task, with the African Union’s African Energy Commission chalking this up to limited capacities, competencies and understanding.
The commission, meant to set up an energy database for Africa, currently relies on information provided by the International Energy Agency.
A recent report estimated that Africa used 700 000 GWh in 2018, but AfricaCheck reports that this excluded power generated for self-use.
According to Professor Hartmut Winkler, electricity of this kind could push the figure even higher:
“Examples would be a mine generating its own electricity from self-purchased diesel, or even a solar panel used for domestic electricity supplementation.”
He said that, due to this, the figure may be slightly higher.
According to the power utility's own report, it sold 208 319 GWh to customers during the 2018/19 financial year.
This brings the actual figure of power used in Africa and produced by the entity down to 30%, not 45% as claimed.
However, if the state-owned entity had bought electricity from other sources, this could bring the figure down even more.
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