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Electricity News

Nelson Mandela Bay chamber says 19.9% power hike would be ‘crippling’

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has expressed extreme disappointment with Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff increase from April 1, 2018, warning that such a hike would be “crippling” to business and the economy. Should the increase be approved it could translate to a 27.5% municipal... 

Edenville pleased with progress at Rukwa mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is pleased with the progress being made with the development of its Rukwa project, in Tanzania. “The first half of 2017 was an extremely busy and transformational period for the company.  Having raised funds in February to start production, we have been able to rapidly... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050
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Enertrag corporate business development head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

Labels assist in reducing domestic energy use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 With all common household electronic appliances now required to display new energy efficiency labelling, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is confident that there will be a marked improvement in energy use and cost savings in South Africa, says NRCS communications and... 

Labels assist in  reducing domestic energy use
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CUSTOMER PROTECTION Updated labelling informs end-users of the energy performance of household appliances, which must meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards to be sold in South Africa

Rope access pivotal in enhancing NDT inspection

     15th September 2017 The effectiveness of non-destructive testing (NDT) is enhanced by rope access, as it ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out this critical inspection work, posits industrial rope access specialist Skyriders. NDT is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used... 

Frustration as Nersa postpones closed hearing into wind body’s Eskom complaint

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has expressed frustration over a decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to postpone a hearing into its 11-month-old complaint into the refusal of Eskom to sign agreements to buy electricity from independent power... 

Frustration as Nersa postpones closed hearing into wind body’s Eskom complaint

Smart regulation key to driving renewable energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 Smart regulation and market stimulation are key drivers for growing the renewable energy sector and help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Finnish Economic Affairs and Employment Deputy Minister Petri Peltonen said on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the... 

Exxaro, NUM to resume wage negotiations on Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2017 Diversified miner Exxaro has received a revised set of demands from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the parties will resume wage negotiations on Friday. “We've noted the decision by NUM to issue a strike notice. The strike action affects Grootegeluk coal mine, in Lephalale, as well as... 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

Stakeholders to push back at upcoming hearings into Eskom’s 2018 hike 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has outlined the process it will be following to assess Eskom’s request for a 19.9% tariff increase for the 2018/19 financial year, setting a deadline of October 13 for the submission of written comments. Nersa has approved Eskom’s request to... 

Stakeholders to push back at upcoming hearings into Eskom’s 2018 hike

Southern African Power Pool could learn from Nordic countries’ approach to energy market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 Southern Africa can take heed of the success of the Nordic region’s achievement of energy security through successful cross-border trade and integration, its integrated markets and other critical elements of the Nord Power Pool. This is the message that emerged from the first day of the three-day... 

Southern African Power Pool could learn from Nordic countries’ approach to energy market
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Norwegian Energy and Water Resources director Ove Flataker

Unido, WEC to disseminate sustainable energy solutions

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2017 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and the World Energy Council (WEC) have signed a joint declaration to support the global dissemination of sustainable energy solutions. The parties have committed to help develop leadership skills and the overall capacity of energy... 

Eskom reschedules electricity interruptions to three Eastern Cape municipalities

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 Eskom on Wednesday announced that it was rescheduling electricity interruptions to three Eastern Cape municipalities. The power utility said it had planned interruptions of electricity supplies to struggling municipalities that include Raymond Mhlaba, Walter Sisulu and Inxuba Yethemba. Eskom... 

Energy department moots loans to pay for electricity infrastructure maintenance

By: African News Agency      12th September 2017 The department of energy on Tuesday proposed a new model of finding additional funding for electricity infrastructure maintenance but it was met with little enthusiasm from Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa. As explained to the portfolio committee on energy by the... 

Energy sector has opportunity to change amid ‘disruptive moment’ caused by renewables

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. 

 Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners
The Urban EV Concept

Free State micro-grid pilot offers new universal-access hope  

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is piloting a micro-grid system in a rural Free State town that may offer a solution to electrifying other remote areas, where the cost of connection to the national grid is currently prohibitive, due to a number of factors such as difficult terrain. The... 

Free State micro-grid pilot offers new universal-access hope
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Thava Govender

Necsa re-establishing its nuclear pebble fuel production capability

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. This was reported by Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane at a media briefing at Pelindaba on... 

Eskom at a sustainability ‘tipping point’, business and labour warn

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2017 Business and labour raised serious questions on Friday about the sustainability of State-owned electricity producer Eskom in light if its current governance failings, which were now undermining its financial health to the point where government could be force to assist the utility in meeting its... 

Eskom at a sustainability ‘tipping point’, business and labour warn
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant in conversation with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Nedlac Summit

Alviva to leverage services strength for growth over next year

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2017 Business information and communication technology (ICT) company Alviva will leverage the investments made into its subsidiaries and infrastructure, which has helped to reduce gearing, broadened its offerings and improved efficiencies, to drive growth over the next year. The firm had increased the... 

Several risks to govt's proposed remedy for breaking renewables impasse 

     7th September 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the Energy Minister’s October deadline for the signing of 26 renewables projects, along with the 77c/kWh price cap. 

Several risks to govt's proposed remedy for breaking renewables impasse
Govt offers solution to long-standing power-purchase impasse

Cross-border power trade expected to rise as Southern Africa returns to surplus

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2017 The Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) is expecting growth in regional electricity trade in 2017 after a return to surplus power generation capacity across Southern Africa, led by South Africa’s State-owned utility Eskom. Nevertheless, the potential for cross-border electricity trade is expected... 

Cross-border power trade expected to rise as Southern Africa returns to surplus

City Power working around the clock to restore power in central Joburg

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 Johannesburg’s City Power said on Tuesday that it had restored at least 27% of the power in the inner city following a fire at an underground tunnel that was caused by cable thieves. City Power said the damage to the cables had resulted from fire during the attempted cable theft on Sunday... 

Ncondezi Energy gets loan repayment extension

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has entered into a formal agreement to extend its shareholder loan repayment date. The extension includes the loan announced in May, which involved Ncondezi drawing down $2.2-million, taking the total repayment amount to $4.4-million. 

Caution creeps in as renewables industry digests implications of 77c/kWh tariff cap

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2017 South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind industry bodies have added a degree of caution to their initial positive reactions to an announcement by Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi regarding the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 26 renewable-energy projects that have been on... 

Caution creeps in as renewables industry digests implications of 77c/kWh tariff cap
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Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi (in the centre) at the September 1 renewables IPP announcement in Pretoria

'We're looking at Outa's State capture documents' – Hawks

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 The Hawks have confirmed that they have received documents from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) relating to the charges they laid against numerous people allegedly involved in state capture. "We received volumes and volumes of documents from Outa about state capture…I don’t know what... 

'We're looking at Outa's State capture documents' – Hawks

Kubayi sets 77c/kWh price cap and October deadline for signing of 26 renewables projects

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi opened the window on Friday for the signing of contracts for 26 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects that have been on hold since 2015 when Eskom indicated it was no longer willing to enter into further power purchase agreements (PPAs), owing... 

Kubayi sets 77c/kWh price cap and October deadline for signing of 26 renewables projects
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Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

Policy limits South African gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Policy and legislation on natural gas are currently bottlenecked in South Africa, which creates limits to South Africa’s gas economy growth, says growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan.  

Policy limits South African gas economy
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COVERING THE BASES South Africa is unlikely to get to a stage of fully understanding the technicalities and geology of indigenous natural gas until it gathers more empirical data

Project to unlock local gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 The pursuit of piped gas into South Africa from Mozambique could unlock South Africa’s gas economy, says investment and project development company Fortune Capital.  

Project to unlock local gas economy
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UNLOCKING POTENTIAL Fortune Capital is an entity that is going to enable power players to access gas in South Africa Filename:

Underground coal gasification can provide solutions to energy challenges

     1st September 2017 With declining mineable coal reserves and increasing global energy demand, underground coal gasification (UCG) is a resurging technology that provides a solution to these challenges.  

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Considering natural gas as an alternative energy source could prove beneficial for the country’s economy in the long run, says waste management company Interwaste COO Jason McNeil.  

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch
JASON MCNEIL South Africa’s gas economy is in its infancy, but once the market becomes more competitive, you will see a lot more technology introduced

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company
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ENABLING TRANSACTION The transaction, will enable Servest to provide a seamless facility management and mobile technology offering for its growing client base

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid, markets, with demand to peak from 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy... 

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery
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FORTUNE MOJAPELO There is no longer any doubt about the growth of energy storage globally to gigawatts of annual capacity and billions of dollars in market opportunity

Study urges South Africa to find energy storage niche

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its SAFARI-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

Cost of rooftop solar can be lowered through use of 12J tax rebate

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 Businesses and property owners can leverage an industrial development-focused tax rebate, Section 12J of the Income Tax Act No 58 of 1962, to reduce the costs of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Venture capital company Nesa Investment Holdings (NIH) has developed a solar PV rental... 

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