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Topic - Electricity Sector
Oct 22, 2014
The electricity sector in South Africa has been the subject of intense debate in recent weeks, with the Eskom new-build projected to start delivering much needed power in 2015. Questions around where the country will find the electricity to support the ambitions in...
Oct 17, 2014
The University of Cape Town's Professor Eberhad recently called for a commission of inquiry on what he regards as an electricity crisis that is currently prevalent in the country. The first challenge this call presents is whether there is adequate acknowledgement...
Sep 29, 2014
The number of people employed in the formal, nonagricultural sector of the South African economy increased by about 155 000 people, or 1.8%, from March to an estimated 8.67-million employees in June, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Employment...
Sep 17, 2014
In the world of energy in South Africa, it has very much been the winter of our discontent. Structural challenges laid increasingly bare in years past have grown to fault lines. Inertia is no longer an option: with the country’s sovereign credit rating hovering...
Sep 09, 2014
In the world of energy in South Africa, it has very much been the winter of our discontent. Structural challenges laid increasingly bare in years past have grown to fault lines. Inertia is no longer an option: with the country’s sovereign credit rating hovering...
Aug 29, 2014
To bolster its argument that renewable energy is critical to combating climate change, the World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) has commissioned a series of reports that investigates the state of renewable energy in the country, focusing on how it can be...
Jun 06, 2014
Tina Joemat-Pettersson is going to have her hands full as South Africa’s new Energy Minister. There is much to do and very little time in which to do it. She will have to get her head around the portfolio incredibly fast so that critical decisions and actions can be...
Apr 18, 2014
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Sep 26, 2013
Tomorrow in Stockholm, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) [1] will be releasing the first installment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). This report focuses on the science of climate change and provides further proof that human activities, through...
Aug 30, 2013
In 1958, comedian Peter Sellars recorded a parody of a political speech in which the Politician said pretty much nothing: “My friends, in the light of present-day developments, let me say right away that I do not regard existing conditions lightly. On the contrary, I...
Jul 05, 2013
In South Africa, there is considerable ambiguity and debate about the implications of tax distortions in the economy and the tax interaction effects arising from the carbon tax. There have been attempts at modelling this and, depending on one's assumptions, the...
May 09, 2013
May 02, 2013
South African industry have until August 2 to comment on the carbon tax proposals tabled by the National Treasury on Thursday. The Treasury aimed to promulgate a phased-in tax rate of R120/t of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), increasing 10% a year during the first...
Mar 28, 2013
The Portfolio Committee on Energy on Thursday said it had adopted the long-awaited Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) Bill, but the process reaching this point had revealed the need for the restructuring of the electricity sector. The adoption of the...
Feb 22, 2013
South Africa is likely to reach a “point of no return” with regard to a proposed new nuclear energy build programme by June this year, Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane revealed on Friday. She was speaking at the South African Nuclear...
Jan 18, 2013
Africa, with all its natural resources, is the ideal location for renewable energy infrastructure investment and development. With renewable energy investment set to grow from $3.6-billion in 2012 to $57-billion by 2020, the 'gold rush' has started.  The large volume...
Nov 20, 2012
Investors have limited choices when it comes to tackling investment constraints like carbon and water risks, highlighting the need for government and regulators to urgently take action, a new report by WWF South Africa (WWF-SA) and WWF-UK has shown. The report,...
Oct 12, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
Effective collaboration in the energy and electricity sector, between independent power producers and government, is necessary to overcome hurdles in the sector, says legal firm Werksmans Attorneys director Greg Nott.
Aug 17, 2012
Vendors sell vegetables at a market in New Delhi, India, after a series of failures and excessive demand knocked out power for 640-million people in northern and central India in late July and early August. Described as the world’s worst-ever blackouts, experts warn...
Jul 06, 2012
The Malawi government says it has put in place measures to attract independent power producers in its electricity sector, which is dominated by the State-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).
Jun 29, 2012
The proposal to introduce an independent system and market operator (ISMO) into South Africa’s power generation sector seems to have found favour with government. However, it remains to be seen whether an ISMO would help in resolving the country’s electricity woes by...
May 17, 2012
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited public comment on a consultation paper it has published regarding the implementation of multiyear tariffs within the petroleum pipelines industry. The consultation paper was prepared in response to...
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Ministry of Energy in South Africa and Phindile Nzimande, Chief Executive of NERSA will be joining Africa’s leading power industry executives at AEF in Germany in June. South Africa’s energy industry makes up the largest number of delegates at this year’s Africa...
Mar 15, 2012
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed on Thursday that it had granted Transnet Pipelines a 22% tariff increase for its Durban-to-Johannesburg fuel pipeline for 2012/13, which was expected to raise Gauteng’s petrol price by a further 4c/l as...
Feb 10, 2012
South Africa faces a difficult balancing act in relation to its power sector and numerous challenges must still be dealt with to ensure policy success, achieve continued economic growth and meet industrial policy objectives, state analysts from financial services...
Nov 22, 2011
Power in South Africa: Striking a balance? By Paul Eardley-Taylor and Nicholas Green (Standard Bank)
Sep 16, 2011
Diversification of the energy mix and prospects for cross-border power trading to secure energy for Africa’s future are just some of the discussion points during the opening session of the annual Hydropower Africa and Solar Energy Africa events in Johannesburg from...
Sep 16, 2011
The inability of Tanzanian State-owned electricity utility, Tanesco, to meet current electricity demand, is encouraging local and international investment in the electricity sector and creating significant opportunities for emergency power generator use, says...
Sep 01, 2011
Massive public enterprises are still battling to get maintenance off the back-burner while at the same time huge investment is going into new-build projects, according to Tracey-Lee Zurcher, the project director of Reliability & Maintenance Week, taking place in...
Jun 20, 2011
The brief reprieve offered to South Africa's electricity sector by the global slowdown served more to engender a false sense of electricity security than to facilitate the roll-out of additional power generation capacity, and Eskom has begun warning that the system...
May 13, 2011
Challenges within the electricity distribution sector are hampering the growth and progress of South Africa’s electricity sector, Engineering Council of South Africa council member Dr Philip Lloyd tells Engineering News.
May 06, 2011
Growth in the Zimbabwean electricity industry will be driven by the resurgence of the country’s economy after a 10-year period of economic contraction and hyperinflation, states new analysis from business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
Mar 11, 2011
A number of public statements on the issue of an Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) have been made by government officials in the last year or so. Whether an ISMO is the best route to go or not for South Africa’s electricity sector is open to debate.
Aug 26, 2010
The National Treasury said on Thursday that if it had to fund State-owned power utility Eskom's entire build programme of R385-billion up to 2013, it would not be able to meet any other priorities in the country. National Treasury energy director Ronald Chauke said...
Mar 12, 2010
An independently-commissioned report detailing the governance challenges confronting key electricity sector agencies was released earlier this month in Cape Town.
Feb 05, 2010
International engineering and project management group Hatch has materially increased the size of its South African energy division following a recent merger with the energy-focused engineering firm MR Control Solutions (MRCS) - a development that culminated in the...
Nov 23, 2009
Water is not only of importance to the economic growth and development of our country, but also to the continued existence of human beings, President Jacob Zuma said at the official launch of the R200-million Nsezi water treatment plant upgrade, in KwaZulu-Natal at...
Jun 25, 2009
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Thursday granted electricity utility Eskom a 31,3% power tariff increase, which includes an environmental levy, and warned consumers that future tariff increases would occur. State-owned Eskom, which submitted...
Jun 25, 2009
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Apr 17, 2009
Growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan reports that at a global level, electricity consumption is forecast to increase from 10 543-billion kilowatt hours in 1990 to over 30 116-billion kilowatt hours in 2030 at a compound annual growth rate of 3,6%.
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