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Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Correct energy management and using green building techniques can decrease the demand for energy by 30%, says the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Green Building Council calls for a total energy debate in SA

     24th February 2016 The Green Building Council South Africa has urged the country to focus on electricity demand side management rather than just supply management, to consider a total energy debate. On the eve of the national budget speech where one of the focus areas is likely to be on energy supply projects,... 

Eskom secures R2.3bn in development finance from French agency 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2015 South African electricity utility Eskom has secured a R2.3-billion (€150-million) long-term loan from French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to support distribution projects in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. CEO Brian Molefe said the 25-year facility had... 

Esco model still central to Eskom’s DSM strategy, says Etzinger

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2015 The Energy Services Companies (Esco) model funding programme remains integral to efforts by energy utility Eskom to promote the retrofitment and replacement of energy-intensive technologies with energy-efficient technology solutions, despite recent funding cuts to the parastatal’s overarching... 

War room sees recovery in coal-fleet performance as ‘number one priority’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2015 South Africa’s electricity war room, set up in December to deal with the country’s power crisis, views the recovery in the performance of Eskom’s coal power stations as its “number-one priority”, with the deterioration in the fleet’s energy availability factor (EAF) determined to be largely to... 

Treasury defends electricity war room, says progress being made 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2015 Following calls by civil society organisations, this week, to scrap the electricity war room, National Treasury deputy director-general Malcolm Simpson on Wednesday defended the progress that had been made since the war room’s inception in December. Unpacking the initiatives of the war room on... 

Research centre to determine renewables impact on power system

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 As renewable energy has become increasingly cost competitive as an alternative new-build option in South Africa in the past five years, South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is streamlining its energy-research offerings to cater for the... 

Obama govt’s toughest action yet orders 30% cut in carbon emissions 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd June 2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday introduced its toughest action yet to cut down on carbon emissions, ordering a 30% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030 in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants, not auguring well for struggling thermal coal producers, which had... 

Eskom mulls restart of some suspended savings schemes in wake of load shedding 

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2014 Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on Tuesday that the utility was considering restarting some of the energy-saving programmes that were suspended in late 2013 as a result of funding constraints. Speaking at a briefing hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dames said... 

Namibia pursuing various plans to deal with power deficit

By: Yanna Smith     22nd February 2013 Namibia’s installed power generation capacity of 498.5 MW – comprising 60% hydro and 40% thermal – is not enough to supply the country's demand of over 500 MW, which continues to grow at 3.5% a year, power utility NamPower MD Paulinus Shilamba tells Engineering News. He explains that the... 

South Africa opts for incremental smart-grid migration 

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has started to deploy a hybrid smart grid model that supports its legacy time- division multiplexing management system, while gradually introducing an Internet Protocol (IP) packet communication system, which will enable smart demand-side management, automatic... 

South Africa opts for incremental smart-grid migration 

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has begun to deploy a hybrid smart grid model that supports its legacy time-division multiplexing management system, while gradually introducing an Internet protocol (IP) packet communication system, which will enable smart demand side management, automatic... 

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