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Electricity News

Nersa committee recommends that RCA judgment be appealed

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 42 minutes ago The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee will recommend that the Energy Regulator, which meets on Thursday, appeal the recent High Court judgment setting arise its Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) determination, which enabled Eskom to increase its tariff... 

Ingula’s second unit in operation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 The second unit at State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme has entered into commercial operation. The second unit has been contributing 333 MW to the national power grid since May, while in a testing phase. 

Eskom under fire as Ingula costs said to balloon to R36bn 

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2016 Eskom’s board is facing calls to appear before Parliament with documents relating to the Ingula pumped storage scheme, which has allegedly seen costs spiral from R8.9-billion to R36-billion. On July 27, President Jacob Zuma unveiled the first of four turbines at Ingula, which is on the border of... 

Sasol’s Shondoni mine nearing completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 Construction of energy and chemical company Sasol’s R15.3-billion Shondoni mine, near Secunda, is approaching completion, with operations at three coal production sections expected to start this month through the new incline conveyor. The mine, which is set to replace the ageing Middelbult mine,... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on South Africa's commitment to the IPP programme. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Eskom urges South Africans to use electricity safely

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2016 Eskom will launch a countrywide campaign on Monday to educate the public on safe electricity use. Public fatalities and injuries due to the unsafe use of electricity remains a major problem, the electricity parastatal said in a statement. 

Business chamber: court victory over electricity-tariff increases a gain for entire country

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber says the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling to set aside the 9.4% tariff hike granted to Eskom under a Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application is a “massive win” for businesses and all electricity consumers. The chamber on Friday said its argument that... 

Joemat-Pettersson to be quizzed on missing nuclear documents

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will be asked in Parliament next week to account for missing documents in a court case regarding the nuclear energy programme. That is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay on Thursday, who sits on the energy... 

$1bn Nigeria power plan delayed on scarce gas

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) of Nigeria has suspended plans to build one of the nation’s biggest power plants as a local gas shortage makes it difficult to obtain fuel and a downturn in Africa’s largest economy hinders efforts to raise funds for the project. The company in 2014 said it... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Australian energy firm rolls out home battery solution

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 A revolution in south Australia is wresting power from utility-owned grids and putting it inside batteries installed inside the homes of electricity consumers. Billed as the world’s biggest “virtual power plant”, AGL Energy is installing 1 000 batteries in and around Adelaide at a cost of about... 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’ from Eskom, municipalities

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The rapid decline in renewables pricing, large-scale battery production and new technologies reducing the price of storage, which will make renewables feasible on a larger scale within 15 years is putting State-owned power utility Eskom at risk of losing electricity demand to the... 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’  from Eskom, municipalities
Photo by Bloomberg
CHANGING MODEL Eskom and municipalities could redesign the grid and distribution model to focus on the benefits and generating properties of renewables

Contractor for Mpumalanga power lines EIA named

By: David Oliveira     19th August 2016 Engineering and environmental consultants Jones & Wagener announced earlier this month that it had been appointed to undertake an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed construction of two loop-in and loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the approved KiPower independent power... 

Electric drives delivered for truck and bus systems

     19th August 2016 Germany-based manufacturing company ZF offer all-electric drive solutions for urban vehicles with limited range, and hybrid technologies for long distance transport applications where combustion engines continue to be indispensable in the long term. Its newest development is an all-electric... 

Food and beverage companies aim to minimise project risk

     19th August 2016 In line with ELB Engineering Services’ (ELB’s) diversification strategy the Industrial Projects business line has expanded from its traditional pneumatic and fine handling capability into the food, beverage and fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as the power sector associated with... 

Food and beverage  companies aim to  minimise project risk
JOHN TUCKER “A big part of minimising risk in terms of project execution is securing a one-stop service provider”

New Schneider Electric variable-speed drives improve efficiency, security

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 The research and development (R&D) of the latest generation of industrial equipment manufacturer Schneider Electric’s Altivar process variable-speed drives (VSDs) focused on smooth performance and efficiency, cybersecurity and connectivity to support automated industrial systems, says Schneider... 

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

Exxaro eyes more renewables
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Tsitsikamma wind farm reaches commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 The 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, this week started commercial operation, marking the second wind farm by independent power producer Cennergi to achieve the milestone this year. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between coal miner Exxaro Resources and India’s... 

Outa investigating possibility of class action against Eskom

By: Samantha Herbst     18th August 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) will be engaging with various experts to assess the viability of a class action law suit against State-owned Eskom, on behalf of the public, to recoup amounts unlawfully charged by the power utility. This follows the North Gauteng High Court’s decision to... 

Outa investigating possibility of class action against Eskom

Eskom procures two mobile substations for North West

By: African News Agency      18th August 2016 Eskom obtained two mobile substations to provide a continuous supply of electricity for the North West, the power utility said on Wednesday. “These mobile substations are to be used as temporary back-up power to restore electricity supply to customers during instances when substation equipment is... 

Kibo signs on Norton Rose to assist with Mbeya PPA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th August 2016 Dual-listed Kibo Mining has rallied law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to assist with the preparation and negotiation of commercial arrangements and agreements pertaining to a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Tanzanian government and power distribution company Tanesco for the Mbeya... 

Editorial: Nersa judgment epitomises rise in civil society vigilance

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2016 In all spheres of South African public life, the level of civil-society engagement and vigilance is rising. Increasingly, too, citizens are not merely tackling issues at the level of principle, but are also taking into account the minutiae of procedural fairness, executive responsibility and... 

Editorial: Nersa judgment epitomises rise in civil society vigilance

Former Eskom MD to be sentenced for fraud 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 Former Eskom managing director Dawid Malherbe is expected to be sentenced at the Belville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of fraud and money laundering. Malherbe was convicted in June this year and had gone on trial after a whistleblower flagged... 

Reaction pours in after surprise judgment on Eskom tariffs 

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is studying the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling to set aside the 9.4% tariff hike granted to Eskom that came into effect in April this year. The tariff hike was granted under a regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the first year... 

Reaction pours in after surprise judgment on Eskom tariffs

Eskom can cut off your power, but must be fair – Madonsela

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 Eskom does have the right to disconnect electricity when tampering is suspected, but it must be done in a reasonable, lawful and procedurally fair manner. That is essence of the Public Protector’s provisional report titled, “Who tampered?”, which has been leaked to the media before its final... 

Eskom can cut off your power, but must be fair – Madonsela

First Loeriesfontein wind turbine lift completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2016 The construction of the R3.5-billion Loeriesfontein wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has passed another milestone, with the lifting of the first of 61 wind turbines completed. It takes a day to lift the 100-m-tall wind turbines – assuming the weather is favourable and the first two sections of... 

First Loeriesfontein wind turbine lift completed

Not all unions on board with Eskom wage deal

By: News24Wire      12th August 2016 Not all unions are on board with Eskom's new wage offer.Eskom announced on Friday morning that it has reached a two-year wage agreement with its recognised trade unions, ending what it deems to have been illegal strike action by members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Numsa.... 

Not all unions on board with Eskom wage deal

SMA Solar shuts factories as pricing pressure intensifies

By: Reuters     12th August 2016 SMA Solar, Germany's top solar power equipment maker, will shut down production sites in Denver and Cape Town, citing pricing pressure from Chinese rivals that seek to dump their products outside their collapsing home market. "The acceleration of price pressure in the solar industry has been... 

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

Hybrid power generation system wins energy award

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 The Hybrid Power Generation System (HPGS) of national security alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (Nato’s) Energy Security Center of Excellence has won one of the Energy Transition Trophies 2016. The awards, held in Paris, France, in June, covered such themes, as factories, energy,... 

Hybrid power generation system wins energy award
COMBINED SOURCES The system creates isolated power grids in which wind turbine and photovoltaic systems are combined with conventional diesel generators

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th August 2016 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme delivered by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus has proven to be important in the creation of several synergies that are providing effective recycling... 

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors
HENRY NUWARINDA The IS Programme provides a platform for companies to identify which usable waste resources could be made available for other companies in different fields

Integrating supply chain systems the future of warehouse efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 With warehousing and logistics becoming increasingly complex and fast-moving, resolving operating issues regarding materials handling, data capturing, order fulfilment and software technology have become business imperatives, asserts beverage company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA). “As... 

Nontransparent development plans leave Free State community in lurch

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Relocated families and local residents of farms bordering State-owned power utility Eskom’s newly constructed Ingula hydroelectric power scheme have been left in the dark about how the power utility plans to develop the area.  

Power Up energy systems boost green development

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 With construction expected to begin in September, specialised procurement company Build Africa Corporation will supply its Power Up energy systems to 480 luxury-living housing units in the Acorn Creek complex in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. “This is the largest green residential... 

Solar aeroplane completes round-the-world trip

By: David Oliveira     12th August 2016 The zero-emission electric and solar aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) completed its circumnavigation of the globe when it landed in Abu Dhabi again last month, following a 43 041 km journey of 17 legs. Flying from Egypt, Solar Impulse chairperson Bertrand Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi to complete... 

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