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Electricity News

Opinion: Eskom supports renewables, but flags cost-recovery uncertainty as a worry

     27th February 2017 Eskom has noted with concern various misleading reports in the media regarding the signing and execution of budget quotations and power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) participating in the Department of Energy’s procurement programmes. In 2012, Eskom established the... 

Russian nuclear deal places massive liability on South Africans

By: News24Wire      27th February 2017 A nuclear agreement with Russia has far-reaching consequences for the budget the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday, as it places all liability for a nuclear accident on South Africa, while indemnifying Russia completely. David Unterhalter, SC, appearing for Earthlife Africa and the Southern... 

Electrical product supplier launches range of switches and sockets

By: Nadine James     24th February 2017 Electrical product supplier Legrand South Africa (SA) – a subsidiary of multinational industrial product supplier Legrand – launched the Ysalis switches and sockets range in South Africa earlier this month. This forms part of the company’s strategy to introduce chic wiring devices to local... 

Electrical product supplier launches range of switches and sockets
VERSATILE PRODUCT The modular design allows for any configuration to be adapted to suit present and future need

Johannesburg’s City Power MD takes leave pending investigation

By: African News Agency      24th February 2017 Sicelo Xulu, the MD of City Power, has taken leave to allow for the completion of a forensic investigation into fraud and corruption. The announcement was made on Thursday in a statement issued by City Power, the Johannesburg municipal entity that supplies Johannesburg with electricity. 

Company launches LED luminaire for industrial applications

By: Nadine James     24th February 2017 Luminaire manufacturer BEKA Schréder launched a high-performance light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire, the LEDbay-midi, late last year for industrial applications. The main objective was to enhance their low- and high-bay luminaire range. This luminaire has been very well received by warehouse... 

Company launches LED luminaire for industrial applications
A LEADING LIGHT The energy-saving luminaire has specialised light distribution options

Driverless transport startup receives backing from rail equipment giant

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom is investing €14-million in driverless transport startup company EasyMile, which is developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle.  

Driverless transport startup receives backing from rail equipment giant
EZ10 The EasyMile EZ10 is a driverless shared passenger vehicle for “last mile” journeys

Japanese-manufactured variable refrigerant flow introduced into South Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Electronics and electrical products manufacturer Toshiba’s super heat recovery multi (SHRM) variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology for the air-conditioning industry has been introduced to the South African market by distribution company AHI Carrier South Africa. 

Keeping up with technology trends imperative for efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th February 2017 With the growing woes of electricity costs in South Africa, engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff believes that it is imperative to keep up with air-conditioning technology trends that promote energy efficiency and ease of maintenance. 

Keeping up with technology trends imperative for efficiency
PIETER DE BOD Frequent upkeep maintains a standard of sustained energy efficiency

Kenya reins in 5 000 MW power plan amid surplus worries

By: John Muchira     24th February 2017 The Kenya has shelved plans to increase installed electricity generation capacity to 5 000 MW in the immediate future is it is concerned that this could leave the country with excess capacity Previously, the East African country intended to implement a "5 000 MW by 2018 project" to attract... 

Partnership aims to catalyse digitalisation within power utilities

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate the digitalisation of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers has been agreed upon by electrification, automation and digitalisation technologies company Siemens, and architecture and engineering... 

Refurbished fashion outlet receives new LED lighting

By: Nadine James     24th February 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet supplied a range of light-emitting diode (LED) light fittings to the newly refurbished Q’Dos fashion outlet at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, last year. Magnet lighting solutions engineer Kaylen Reddy explains that the design... 

Refurbished fashion outlet receives new LED lighting
BRIGHT IDEA The use of LED lighting in a retail environment ensures that customers can accurately perceive the colour of the product being displayed

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost

Aton share buying spree 'opportunity, not threat', says M&R’s Laas

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Aton share buying spree 'opportunity, not threat', says M&R’s Laas
Photo by Duane Daws
Henry Laas

Nersa allows Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in 2017/18

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has allowed State-owned Eskom to raise its tariffs by 2.2% for the 2017/18 year. Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise on Wednesday said the regulator had confirmed Eskom’s allowable revenues of R205-billion for the period. 

Nersa allows Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in 2017/18

Manufacturing sector to benefit from nuclear new build programme – Lesedi

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Government and the broader public should realise that nuclear is “the right way to go” to meet South Africa’s future energy needs, says Lesedi Nuclear Services CEO Francis Carruthers, adding that the nuclear new build programme will hold significant downstream benefits in terms of local... 

Continued support for renewables IPPs an economic boost – Sarec 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the confirmation by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that the continuation of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme was imperative, given the need to boost investment in the short term. In a statement following... 

Nuclear deal – The calm before the storm? 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 National Treasury’s 2017 Budget Review and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s speech kept a wide berth from mentioning nuclear energy, following President Jacob Zuma’s cue in his 2017 State of the Nation Address.As anti-nuclear energy protesters chanted "no, no nuclear power" outside Parliament on... 

IPP programme identified as imperative for boosting investment

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom’s delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) whose bids were approved by the Department of Energy could result in manufacturers going out of business, National Treasury warned in its 2017 Budget Review. “Lack of clarity on Eskom’s... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more

Coordination key to successful nuclear new build programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 There is a pressing need for a clear definition of the roles different governmental departments, power utility Eskom and other industry participants will play in the nuclear new build programme, as there is a currently “chaos around who is doing what job”. This was the overall theme that emerged... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday launched the EnergyDrive initiative, to educate rural communities on climate change and alternative energy sources. A custom-designed truck equipped with ten solar... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

Germany shares its renewable-energy lessons

By: Kim Cloete     21st February 2017 Germany is on an all-out campaign to decarbonise its energy system, with plans to slice carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80% to 90% by 2050. It has identified hydrogen as an essential part of decarbonising its energy system. 

Outa to take Eskom to task at Competition Commission

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has requested the Competition Commission to investigate the possibility of fining State-owned power utility Eskom and called for the unbundling of the utility into two entities to break its monopolistic control. The civil society group this week lodged a... 

EOH, Steag join forces to boost energy services in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH Industrial Technologies on Tuesday entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with German energy group Steag Energy Services broaden EOH’s services offering in South Africa. The JV will cover all aspects of power project developments, from inception... 

Edenville raises £2m to advance Rukwa project to production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has raised £2-million through an oversubscribed subscription of 250-million new ordinary shares at 0.8p apiece. The company also issued 125-million warrants to the subscribers on the basis of one warrant for every two new ordinary shares, exercisable at 1.08p per... 

Solar-powered Africa 'never more possible and less expensive' – energy chief

By: Reuters     20th February 2017 A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) claims that Eskom has yet to issue any updated budget quotes for projects that President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address (Sona) would proceed, following a protracted impasse that arose as a result of the State-owned utility’s... 

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’
Mark Pickering

Outa calls for judicial enquiry into Eskom’s affairs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday called for a full judicial commission of enquiry into State-owned Eskom's affairs, following the release of a redacted version of the so-called Dentons report into corruption at the parastatal. International legal firm Dentons conducted a... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development
NEW HORIZONS The recently completed biogas upgrade project in Athlone

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy
LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP Members of the Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries have been involved in the South African energy sector since 2013

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Energy efficient qualifications  finalised
WYNAND VAN DER MERWE This qualification will ensure that technicians have a unique skill set that is in high demand

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects
TSIDISO DISENYANA Foreign investment is targeted at establishing Africa’s green economy, therefore renewables will become a driver of socioeconomic growth

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Global energy council  ponders gas-related realities
SOUND INVESTMENT Among the fossil fuels, natural gas is the one fossil source which will continue to grow

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented
Photo by Duane Daws
MOMENT IN THE SUN Governments will be showcasing high priority renewable energy projects to attract private sector participation and investment
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