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Eskom backtracks, wants review of green energy project

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago While Eskom said it remains committed to sign all of the remaining renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPPPPP) contracts under the current bid window, it reportedly backtracked on this pledge last week. Eskom CEO Brian Molefe reportedly refused to sign an agreement for a... 

EDF chief urges Britain to give go-ahead to nuclear plant

By: Reuters     29th August 2016 The head of EDF Energy has urged the British government to approve the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, an explict appeal by the French energy giant ahead of a decision due within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May intervened last month to delay the £18-billion ($24-billion) project, just... 

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

     26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

Opinion: Regulated electricity tariffs put squeeze on municipal finances

     26th August 2016 Annual increases in municipal charges take place in July each year and this week Stats SA’s Consumer Price Index reported that municipal electricity tariffs increased on average by 7.5%. This is slightly less than the 7.6% increase that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) set as... 

Tanzania’s rural electrification plan gets $470m boost

By: John Muchira     26th August 2016 Tanzania's plans to increase electricity connections in rural areas have been boosted by a $470-million loan that the East African country has secured from a consortium of development partners. The country has made efforts to tackle abject poverty in rural Tanzania, where electricity access has... 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 Although demand for power has decreased, owing to stagnation in the economy, meaning less demand from key industries such as mining and manufacturing, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa believes that the Gas-to-Power Programme (GTPP) has a substantial role to play in... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The second unit at State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme entered into commercial operation on August 23. 

LPG an affordable energy alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 While the cost of electricity continues to increase quite substantially, the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for domestic use, which is regulated by the Department of Energy, and its efficiency, make it a viable alternative energy carrier, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety... 

Nimble operator with a gas turbine

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th August 2016 In May of this year the state of South Australia closed down its last coal-fired power stations. This could happen because the state has an extensive installation of gas turbine, wind turbine and solar energy power. A report from InDaily reads like a murder mystery: “On Christmas Day, according... 

No rooftop, no problem as solar gardens begin to bud in the US

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 It’s like rooftop solar, without the rooftops. A growing number of consumers are buying into community solar farms that allow renters and apartment dwellers to access renewable energy produced on neighborhood plots that can be small enough to host a little league baseball game. Some are so modest... 

Offshore wind could replace UK’s Hinkley ‘at same cost’

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 Britain could scrap the $23-billion (18-billion pounds) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment. That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to... 

Rising vigilance

By: Terence Creamer     26th 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... 

Tanzania’s rural electrification plan gets $470m boost

By: John Muchira     26th August 2016 Tanzania's plans to increase electricity connections in rural areas have been boosted by a $470-million loan that the East African country has secured from a consortium of development partners. Efforts to tackle abject poverty in rural Tanzania, where electricity access has remained a pipe dream... 

The ‘unbelievably’ low cost of solar PV electricity in South Africa

     26th August 2016 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has seen South Africa leapfrog from renewable energy zero to hero in a few short years. This progress has contributed significantly to acceleration of growth in the commercial, industrial and residential spaces as... 

‘Green’ gas demand up, shale provides long-term opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the gas industry lies in finding additional gas resources that can replace traditional gases used in industrial processes to generate electricity, which waste management company Interwaste is doing  by generating methane gas from its landfill sites. “With... 

Ivanhoe expands Kakula mineralisation as Kamoa construction gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2016 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines has reported further intercepts of greater than 10% copper, at a 3% cut-off, highlighting the high-grade nature of the thick, flat-lying, shallow, chalcocite-rich core of the Kakula Discovery zone, near the Kamoa copper project in the... 

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. 

‘Sleep cities’ no longer an option for urban development

     23rd August 2016 The creation of ‘sleep cities’, far away from work opportunities, is no longer sustainable in terms of urban development. New cities have to integrate all facets of life (live, work, play) in close proximity so as to enhance quality of life for inhabitants. Urban development in general has... 

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”.... 

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... 

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. 

Political risk, poor infrastructure and lack of geodata stymying African exploration

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 It is an age old adage that, when the mining industry enters a slump, exploration budgets, particularly those designated for greenfield activities, are the first to be curtailed. This has certainly been reiterated over the last few years as the drastic slump in commodity prices and, consequently,... 

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... 

$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... 

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Rosenergoatom is building the first floating nuclear power plant project, Russia. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Nachtigal amont hydropower project, Cameroon

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Nachtigal will add more than 30% to Cameroon’s hydropower capacity. 

Rukwa coal-to-power project, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Edenville Energy is mulling its options to leverage the opportunity that the Tanzanian government’s immediate ban on coal imports provides for its project. 

Russian group is first with new-generation nuclear reactor

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear energy group Rosatom has announced that it has started operational trials with the world's first Generation III+ nuclear reactor. This is the group's VVER-1200 (AES-2006), designed and developed by its subsidiary OKB Gidropress. It puts the Russian group ahead of its... 

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... 

A New Era in Energy for Resolve

     18th August 2016 In an effort to capitalise on the significant opportunities that exist in the fuel industry, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, Resolve Solution Partners (an Imperial company) has partnered with SJS Energy to form a new business unit called Resolve Energy Solutions. The new unit comprises key... 

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... 

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... 

Cigicell reawarded prepaid electricity contract in Cape Town

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2016 Prepaid electricity token distributor Cigicell, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms, has been reawarded the contract to distribute prepaid electricity tokens on behalf of the City of Cape Town. “We have been distributing prepaid electricity tokens on behalf of the City of Cape Town for... 

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... 

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