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Oct 15, 2015
Oct 15, 2015
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NREL CEO Dr Dan Arvizu
The head of US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has cautioned South African policymakers to cater for the emergence of “disruptive” energy technologies while still making the short-term decisions required to improve the reliability...
Oct 14, 2015
Risk financier Business Partners Limited on Wednesday launched a R300-million Green Fund to help finance sustainable businesses and projects that impact positively on the environment while creating wealth and jobs. “We recognise the huge market potential of the green...
Oct 14, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday denied claims by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) that it planned to dismiss 331 employees across its operations as a result of changes to its business model. The union claimed the parastatal planned to retrench 217...
Oct 14, 2015
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No World Bank funds were put at risk by the Hitachi contract for Eskom's Medupi project, the financial institution said on Tuesday after concluding its investigation into the matter. This comes after DA leader Mmusi Maimane wrote to the World Bank Integrity Vice...
Oct 14, 2015
If Eskom has its way, "izinyoka" - the isiZulu word for snakes - who steal electricity will have to pay up to R60 000 in penalties. The entity proposed that stealing electricity be added as a new offence to the criminal matters amendment bill and that it should carry...
Oct 13, 2015
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South Africa should not be allowed to create new coal-fired power stations if it is to tackle its carbon emissions and meet the global goal of keeping temperature increases below 2 °C, says South African environmental and antinuclear organisation Earthlife Africa...
Oct 13, 2015
Governments need to deliberately decide that their renewable-energy strategies are energy access strategies and that these programmes are designed to not be grid-based, but rather based on a modular decentralised strategy to have many grids supplying energy where it...
Oct 13, 2015
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Oct 12, 2015
Oct 12, 2015
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Oct 09, 2015
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Oct 09, 2015
Airbus E-Fan
Airbus is working on using electricity as a means to power aircraft. This was highlighted on Friday by Airbus Defence and Space VP and Head of Disruptive Innovation Jan van Toor. He was talking at the Fifth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference in...
Oct 09, 2015
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A union’s threat of causing a “total blackout” in the greater Johannesburg area this month would be an act of sabotage, City Power said on Thursday. The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) told the City of Johannesburg’s power utility that it would go on a...
Oct 09, 2015
Eskom on Friday warned that the risk of load shedding was high from as early as 06:00 until 22:00 after some of its units tripped on Thursday evening and on Friday morning. The power utility said this caused a shortage of generation capacity, increasing the risk of...
Oct 09, 2015
INVERTED CULVERTS Rocla supplied several inverted culverts for use in cooling channels at a power station in Mozambique
Precast concrete products company Rocla earlier this year supplied precast concrete inverted culverts, lids and bases to use as cooling channels to the R2.24-billion, 100 MW natural gas-fired Gigawatt power station, near Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique.
Oct 08, 2015
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The technical and economic challenges associated with the large-scale deployment of renewable-energy had largely been solved, Professor Dr Clemens Hoffmann of Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology argued during a presentation in...
Oct 08, 2015
Gauteng's current heat wave has not affected power consumption during the critical peak period, Eskom said in a statement on Thursday. Although the simmering heat heightens electricity demand during the day because of the increased use of air conditioners, there is a...
Oct 07, 2015
World-renowned fuel cell scientist Dr Sharon Blair would like to see South Africa supply 25% of the global demand for fuel cells by 2020, stating that the country has a tremendous opportunity to develop the industry and capture a share of the growing sector. However,...
Oct 07, 2015
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown should table an uncensored contract agreement between Eskom and one of its coal suppliers owned by the Gupta family, the Democratic Alliance (DA) urged on Wednesday. The Sunday Times reported on September 13 that Gupta-owned...
Oct 07, 2015
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Joburg executive mayor Parks Tau
The City of Johannesburg reports that it will issue a tender in the coming months for the installation of hydroelectric turbines in its bulk water reticulation system, which could initially generate 3 MW of power for the city. Executive mayor Parks Tau, who first...
Oct 07, 2015
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The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday said The World Bank “will investigate the corruption scandal surrounding Hitachi and African National Congress front-company‚ Chancellor House”. In a statement‚ party leader Mmusi Maimane said the bank’s “integrity vice-president‚...
 
 
 
 
Oct 06, 2015
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The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on governments to introduce legislation that puts a stop to the construction of new coal plants, stating that coal consumption needed to be phased out completely by 2050, or earlier. The international nongovernmental...
Oct 06, 2015
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again lowered its growth outlook for South Africa for 2015, projecting in its October World Economic Outlook (WEO) that the economy would expand by only 1.4% this year and 1.3% in 2016. The forecasts represent a 0.6 and a 0.8...
Oct 06, 2015
A new a levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that onshore wind has become competitive with gas and coal in some parts of the world and that the gap between fossil-fuel production and solar photovoltaic (PV)...
Oct 06, 2015
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Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo has called for governments and the private sector to move towards 100% renewable energy by 2050.   “With real political will, we can get there,” he told the South African International Renewable Energy...
Oct 05, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
The South African Department of Energy (DoE) plans to extend its renewable-energy programme to the rest of Africa over the next five years. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (Sairec) in Cape Town...
Oct 05, 2015
South Africa's electricity generation dropped by 10% between 2010 and 2013, but sales income increased fourfold to R150.2-billion, Statistics SA Statistician General Pali Lehohla said on Monday. Of that, 91% of the country's electricity was still produced using coal,...
Oct 05, 2015
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Coega Industrial Development Zone
Commercial operation has started at the 335 MW Dedisa Peaking Power project, in the Coega industrial development zone, in Port Elizabeth. The R3.5-billion project was originated by the Department of Energy (DoE), with the build, own and operate contract awarded to a...
Oct 05, 2015
Eskom does not expect the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) strike in the coal sector to have an immediate effect on its coal supplies, but prolonged industrial action will deplete the power utility’s stockpiles. Over 30 000 NUM members went on strike on Sunday...
Oct 02, 2015
Waste heat recovery has started at two major sites owned by telecommunications group MTN, with more sites to be converted during the remainder of the year, power solutions provider Master Power Technologies says. MTN made use of trigeneration, with gas used to...
Oct 02, 2015
The Democratic Alliance said on Thursday it had written to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to demand copies of planning documents setting out the financing and feasibility of the government’s nuclear power expansion programme. “The minister has suggested up until now...
 
 
 
 
Oct 02, 2015
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela
The Helen Suzman Foundation has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe Eskom, Chancellor House and the ANC following the damning Hitachi revelations. The request follows recent claims by the US Securities Exchange Commission about the awarding of Eskom...
Oct 02, 2015
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Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned recently against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we...
Oct 02, 2015
Energy storage systems have a key role to play in smoothing electricity consumption in South Africa because it can reduce peak demand, enable broader and more efficient use of alternative energy and renewable-energy systems, as well as enable more efficient use of...
Oct 01, 2015
Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday called for an inter-departmental forensic investigation into the Tshwane multimillion-rand electricity smart-meter scandal. “The DA will be writing to [cooperative governance] Minister Pravin Gordhan, and in his previous...
Oct 01, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
As South Africa faces a shortfall in electricity, gas as power could increasingly become an option, but the Department of Energy (DoE) has advised potential bidders for gas projects in South Africa that it also needs to consider proposals from other Southern African...
Sep 30, 2015
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Sep 30, 2015
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Mmusi Maimane
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will not allow the African National Congress (ANC) to use its power to enrich itself, prompting the official opposition party to lay a criminal charge against the party's investment arm, Chancellor House, on Wednesday. This comes...
Sep 30, 2015
Startling revelations following investigations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission have lifted the veil of secrecy in the relationship between ANC funding front Chancellor House and Hitachi Power Africa. The case has also raised questions about possible...
Sep 29, 2015
Department of Energy's Ompi Aphane
Momentum is building for an expanding gas industry in South Africa, with government officials promising that they are turning their attention to gas as a critical form of energy. But industry players have called for certainty. The inaugural South African Gas Options...
 
 
 
 
Sep 29, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has likened South Africa, which has the second highest dependency on coal in the world, second to North Korea, to a “junkie addicted” to coal and diesel, stressing that gas will be the cornerstone of the country’s baseload...
Sep 29, 2015
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African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday sought to distance the ruling party from the charges by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that have seen Japanese conglomerate Hitachi pay a $19-million settlement fee. “The ANC...
Sep 29, 2015
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South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has informed potential bidders for its so-called ‘expedited bid submission phase’ under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) that the bid deadline has been shifted from...
Sep 29, 2015
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Hitachi Ltd’s admission to having made improper payments to the African National Congress’ (ANC) investment company‚ “is clearly an admission of de facto corruption”‚ the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday The DA said it will be laying criminal charges against...
Sep 29, 2015
The Securities and Exchange Commission today (September 28, 2015) charged Tokyo-based conglomerate Hitachi, Ltd. with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it inaccurately recorded improper payments to South Africa’s ruling political party in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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