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Topic - Electricity
Apr 16, 2014
Updated 2 hours 38 minutes ago There is enough water in South Africa to supply communities and the economy, even if some activities may be constrained, such as agriculture in the Limpopo, says National Planning Commission commissioner Mike Muller. 
Muller was also the director-general from 1997...
Apr 15, 2014
The spotlight was once again on South Africa’s power supply system when Eskom recently declared a power supply emergency. While the state-owned power utility is better positioned to handle the constrained situation we face than it was in 2008, in the longer term...
Apr 15, 2014
Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department power system economics: chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing an...
Apr 14, 2014
A United Nations (UN) report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air. The study, drawing on work by more than 1...
Apr 11, 2014
South Africa’s green building movement has gained significant momentum, celebrating its fiftieth Green Star SA certification in only six years, and with a further 150 projects in the Green Star SA registration pipeline, the impact will increase significantly. “In...
Apr 11, 2014
GasAtacama, energy provider to metal producers in Chile's Atacama desert, has lined up eight potential US natural gas suppliers for a proposed import terminal on its Pacific Coast, but uncertainty about energy demand has delayed deals, CEO Rudolf Araneda told Reuters...
Apr 11, 2014
On the surface, the relation between high electricity and oil prices and food inflation can be perceived as linear rather than dynamic. There is a relation but it is more complicated. Here are few insights that may help us understand the dynamic. Final food prices...
Apr 10, 2014
Parastatal Eskom says it will “rework” the maintenance plans of its power plants to ensure there is enough electricity to meet demand, adding that, while the national electricity system will be stable on Thursday night, it will be tight over the evening peak...
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On Friday 11 April at the Wanderers Club in Illovo the Fossil Fuel Foundation is hosting the Zimbabwe Energy conference. This conference will highlight the significant resources of Zimbabwe’s coalbed methane, Mozambique’s newly discovered gas fields and the...
Apr 07, 2014
As we celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa, each individual and organisation should consider what that means for us, how things have changed in those two decades and where we would like the country to be in 20 years’ time. An important part of that is...
Apr 04, 2014
As South Africa follows the world into an increasingly cashless economy, small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s) and informal traders are getting a shot in the arm as business leverages innovative financial technologies to stimulate financial inclusion...
Apr 04, 2014
As South Africa follows the world into an increasingly cashless economy, small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s) and informal traders are getting a shot in the arm as business leverages innovative financial technologies to stimulate financial inclusion...
Apr 04, 2014
Konkoonsies reached commercial operation on March 20, 2014.
Apr 04, 2014
DENNIS DYKES The Nedbank Small Business Index aims to provide a clearer measurement of the state of the small-business sector
Business confidence in the small business sector remained subdued in the last quarter of 2013, which reflected the impact of a challenging economic environment, according to the fourth-quarter survey results of the Nedbank Small Business Index (NSBI) last month.
Apr 04, 2014
The project involves the construction of a solar power facility with a cumulative capacity of 4 000 MW, in Rajasthan.
Apr 03, 2014
Thembani Bukula
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects to make a determination on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance submission in either April or May, but insists that there will be no tariff implications for consumers before April 1, 2015....
Apr 02, 2014
KACO new energy supplies the power of the sun for South Africa’s energy independence. Since March, 900 Powador 39.0 TL3 have been working in two tracker-parks with a total output of 33 MW for the South African Independent Power Producers Procurement Program. When...
Apr 01, 2014
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2014 report provides insight into South Africa’s electricity generation, exploring the issues of State-owned power utility Eskom's generated power, coal supplies, electricity tariffs and demand-focused initiatives, as well as the...
Mar 31, 2014
South Africa saved 575 MW of electricity – enough to power a city the size of Polokwane, in Limpopo – on Saturday evening from 20:30 to 21:30 by switching their lights off during Earth Hour, State-owned power utility announced on Monday. Eskom had measured the...
Mar 28, 2014
The 10 MW Konkoonsies solar plant
Independent power producer (IPP) BioTherm Energy has confirmed that its two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, Konkoonsies and Aries, have officially entered into commercial operations. The projects were selected as part of the first bid window under the...
Mar 28, 2014
Broadband communications, and the services and information enabled by this, are becoming so entrenched in society that its use can increasingly be likened to other utility services, such as water and electricity, says networking giant Cisco South Africa MD Alpheus...
Mar 28, 2014
The World Bank's board has approved a $73-million grant to help the Democratic Republic of Congo develop an expansion of the Inga hydroelectric dam.
Mar 28, 2014
Total’s 60%-owned affiliate, SunPower, has provided the photovoltaic specifications for the project.
Mar 28, 2014
A progress update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – first window.
Mar 28, 2014
A progress report on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme - second window.
Mar 28, 2014
A progress update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third round.
Mar 28, 2014
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCE The capacity of sugar cane to grow rapidly has made it the world’s number one energy crop
The widespread practice of burning sugar cane prior to harvest is becoming a challenge, particularly in Southern Africa, as it causes air pollution and biomass residue (cane trash), which could otherwise be burned to generate heat and create electricity, says global...
Mar 27, 2014
“Solar geyser could reduce electricity bill by up to 50%” “South Africans have shown that we have the power during Earth Hour to make a difference when Eskom confirmed last year that we had switched off and achieved a massive, combined 629MW average reduction...
Mar 26, 2014
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon...
Mar 26, 2014
The Konkoonsies and Aries Solar Energy Facilities today announced that they reached commercial operation on 20th March 2014. The 10MW Konkoonsies PV Facility is located approximately 32km North East of Pofadder and the 10MW Aries PV facility is located approximately...
Mar 25, 2014
Alan Winde
The recent load shedding has cost the Western Cape economy, with businesses expressing concern that they are in for more growth-hampering power cuts. Speaking during question time in the Provincial Legislature, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development...
Mar 24, 2014
Exclusive interview with Paul Yillian, consultant at Sustainable Energy for All and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.  He is also a moderator in the Panel dialogue on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape...
Mar 24, 2014
What does the collaboration between the EE forum and African Utility Week entail? We are going to be mutually supportive going forward. First of all, we are participating at African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa in various ways, and African Utility Week will...
Mar 24, 2014
Exclusive interview with Peter Flower, Director Water & Sanitation, City of Cape Town.  He is a panellist during the upcoming African Utility Week’s  panel dialogue on the Water-Energy-Food nexus.  On 17 March South Africa’s National Water Week kicks off and...
Mar 21, 2014
The World Bank's board on Thursday approved a $73-million grant to help the Democratic Republic of Congo develop an expansion of the Inga hydroelectric dam, potentially the largest hydropower site in the world. The money, combined with another $33-million from the...
Mar 21, 2014
Alstom has signed a contract with Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor to design and supply a geared reaction steam turbine for the Brigg renewable-energy plant.
Mar 21, 2014
The project involves the construction of East Africa’s first utility-scale solar plant.
Mar 21, 2014
The latest version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has some interesting changes, which could have far-reaching consequences for South Africa’s electricity mix. This IRP is a vast improvement on the 2010 plan, featuring more flexibility to respond to real-life...
Mar 20, 2014
The University of Johannesburg’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will empower the village of Gwakwani, in Limpopo, through a two-phase community electrification project, the university said on Thursday. UJ senior power systems lecturer Dr Miidzo...
Mar 20, 2014
Leveraging off the “major” development of South Africa’s inclusion in the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) alignment, South Africa continues to expand its international trade footprint, growing bilateral trade with China by 32% in the last...
Mar 19, 2014
Neslon Mandela
Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) CEO Sitembele Mase has been suspended following allegations of unauthorised use of funds, the ECDC board said on Wednesday. "The board wishes to note that suspension is a neutral act intended to minimise disruption to the...
Mar 18, 2014
The number of people employed in the formal nonagricultural sector of the South African economy increased by about 38 000 persons, or 0.4%, from September 2013 to an estimated 8.5-million employees in December 2013, the December Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES)...
Mar 18, 2014
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Notwithstanding the work that government has done to promote economic regulation in South Africa, a lot more still has to be done, Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins said on Tuesday. Speaking at the second South African Economic Regulators Conference, cohosted by the...
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