power sector

Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, has been appointed onto the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

EPRI conducts research and development related to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. EPRI’s international participation extends to more than 30 countries.

Oberholzer’s career includes the position of Chief Operating Officer of Eskom Holdings since July 2018 and adding responsibility for Caretaking Group Executive Capital since January.

He has worked with Eskom for 27 of his 38 years in the industry, serving in various positions, such as leading the 18,000MW generation and transmission capital programme expansion, successfully managing one of the largest electrification programmes in the world and serving as Chief Operating Officer of the utility’s Distribution Business.

Oberholzer has also served as Country Director of Zambia at SN Power and as Managing Director of Mechanical, Electrical and Power at Stefanutti Stocks Holdings Limited. Read: Eskom Board meets with Public Enterprises Minister Gordhan

The EPRI Board also announced the appointment of three external directors to four-year terms including Sheryl Carter, a Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, US.

Carter is Director of NRDC’s Power Sector work in the Climate & Clean Energy Programme, working to transform the energy system to reduce its public health, environmental, and climate impacts, as well as increase energy equity and affordability.

She has represented NRDC before utility commissions, legislative bodies and in other forums at the state, regional, and national levels since 1995. Carter also previously served on EPRI’s Advisory Council and EPRI’s Board of Directors from 2013-2018.