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Planning commission outlines case for Eskom split in new energy document

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2018 The National Planning Commission (NPC) has released a new discussion document on the energy sector, which reinforces the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) “explicit” requirement for the system operations, planning, power procurement, purchasing and contracting functions within Eskom to be... 

Millions, gigabytes and gigawatts

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd February 2018 All the really frightening climate change graphs have the vertical scale in tenths of a degree. The scale is from –0.6 oC to 0.8 oC (about 1.4 oC). On the horizontal axis, the time is given as from 1880 to 2018, a period of 138 years. We know that, routinely, temperatures can change from, say, 12... 

Pace of policy dance must now quicken

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2018 South Africans have become more than accustomed to the slow-slow-quick-quick-slow steps of the national political dance. However, if there is to be any prospect of a sustained economic, social and moral recovery, the pace at which political and policy decisions are made will need to quicken. In... 

Energy policy certainty needed to bolster manufacturing growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 More policy certainty is required to support energy projects and to build a strong manufacturing sector in Africa, says engineering and infrastructure advisory group Aurecon African market energy director Elekanyani Ndlovu. Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba on... 

Climate change driving energy innovation

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 Climate change is a major driver of global energy innovation, says Clinton Foundation climate initiative senior regional manager Fiona Wilson. Speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, she said climate change has not just become an environmental concern, but also an... 

GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 The global head of GE Power says the group anticipates that South Africa’s future electricity mix will incorporate higher contributions from wind and solar and that its South African unit, which currently has a strong coal focus, will “pivot and adjust” its skills and localisation strategies... 

Event to add value to African energy sector

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To bolster the socioeconomic development of the African energy sector, Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) chairperson Brian Statham says thinking within the sector needs to be expanded. 

Materials supplier company secures contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Construction materials company Afrimat has been awarded a contract to supply building material to the Mozambique liquefied natural gas fields, which will be developed by oil and gas exploration company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, on the northern border of the country.  

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Wind energy installations continue to grow – WWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 The overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide by the end of 2017 reached 539 291 MW, preliminary statistics published by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has shown. A WWEA report, released on Monday, further showed that 52 552 MW of wind energy capacity were added last year,... 

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Riverview Wind Farm and Castle Rock Ridge – Phase 2, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Enel Green Power North America has been awarded two 20-year renewable-energy support agreements for 146 MW of new wind capacity. 

School installs solar system at boarding house

     26th January 2018 The South African College High School (SACS), in Cape Town, made a commitment to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed in November by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS deputy headmaster Barry... 

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

     26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

Emerging markets using latest energy technologies to improve competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 With the advent of new energy generation, storage and management technologies, developing country companies are using the capabilities of new integrated microgrid systems to improve their efficiency and lower costs, says electrical equipment and services multinational ABB Asia, Middle East and... 

Pampa Wind Farm, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     26th January 2018 Enel Green Power Argentina has been awarded the contract to build the 100 MW Pampa wind farm. 

Signing of power purchase agreements with IPPs imminent – SAWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) expects the conclusion of 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) to occur during the first quarter of this year. It said on Friday that the majority of the processes required to conclude the PPAs... 

German fascination with SA wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th January 2018 Germans seem to be very interested in wind power generation in South Africa. Don't know why. First we had German-born Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz running the Energy Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In this position, he proposed a power generation model that was... 

Guidance note on support for off-grid renewable energy launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day – which took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during October – resulted in the launch of a guidance note for governments. The note aims to share recommendations for policymakers about how they can support the off-grid... 

$324m for Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire renewables projects

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.  

Fix or fail

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2018 2018 is set to be yet another big year for the South African electricity utility, which has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons for more than ten years now. Dealing with the fiscal and economic risks posed by Eskom’s current lack of sustainability has to be a top priority. And because... 

SA’s renewables production costs minimised at high penetration levels, NREL study shows

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2018 A new independent study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in the US, concludes that significant production cost savings could be achieved if South Africa added between 60 GW and 100 GW of additional variable renewable energy (VRE) by 2035. The NREL study is a pure... 

TNG commissions EMC to assess alternative power for mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Australian strategic metals company TNG has commissioned Energy Made Clean (EMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnegie Clean Energy, to assess alternative power options for its flagship Mount Peak vanadium-titanium-iron project, in the Northern Territory. EMC will conduct an alternative power... 

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2017 London-based brokerage SP Angel has outlined the key trends that characterised the basket of energy metals during 2017 and the the outlook for 2018 in its new ‘Battery Raw Material Review, Outlook – SP Angel Commodity Research Book’ published on Wednesday. The report pointed out that the... 

Ethiopia signs $4bn deal to build 1 000 MW-geothermal power plants

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 Ethiopia has signed an agreement to build two geothermal power plants at a combined cost of $4-billion, to be run by the country's first privately-owned utility. The Corbetti and Tulu Moye plants will produce a combined 1 000 MW of power upon completion in eight years time in the... 

Miners to focus on M&A activity, sustainability in year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Nearly two-thirds, or 63%, of mining and metals respondents to the latest EY Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB) say they intend to pursue deals in the next 12 months, demonstrating a higher inclination to transact than the average across all industries (56%). The findings support the EY third... 

CPV plant’s success contributes to economic growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Being the only concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant of its kind in South Africa currently, independent power producer Pele Energy Group senior asset manager Ziska Mc Gilton says the 36 MW ac Touwsrivier CPV project is continuously providing economic upliftment and support for surrounding... 

Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Enel Green Power North America is building a wind farm that will supply 100% of the power needed to operate Facebook’s new data centre in Papillion, Nebraska. 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

UK billionaire Gupta to form listed company with Atlantis Resources

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance has struck a deal with tidal power firm Atlantis Resources that marks the British billionaire's first step into the stock market. GFG Alliance, the $10-billion turnover consortium that runs metals group Liberty House and energy and commodities group SIMEC, said in a... 

Data analytics trends spill over into energy sector 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th December 2017 The vision of a low-carbon future allied with advances in the information technology sector are set to become game changers that will shift the future energy landscape as technology gives rise to peripheral industries and cross-sector transformations. The future of energy generation is embedded... 

Duterte coal tax will make costly Philippines power even pricier

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2017 Electricity prices in the Philippines, already among the highest in Southeast Asia, will probably rise after President Rodrigo Duterte signs legislation next week boosting taxes on coal, the nation’s main fuel for power plants. Semirara Mining and Power, a power generator that’s also the... 

Biggest Australian business lender to stop new coal mine funding

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2017 National Australia Bank (NAB) pledged to stop funding new thermal coal mine developments and boost lending to renewable energy projects as part of global efforts to tackle climate change. “While we will continue to support our existing customers across the mining and energy sectors, including... 

Separate stock exchange listing for Aura’s Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 Dual-listed uranium and gold focused Aura Energy has started the process to list its Häggån project in Sweden separately on multiple international exchanges to “maximise the value of the battery metal content” of the project. The project contains vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, neodymium, nickel... 

SA power plant listed 4th dirtiest in world's 'Dirty Dozen' 

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 South Africa’s Thabametsi project has been listed as one of the “Dirty Dozen projects”, twelve fossil fuel projects worldwide environmental groups say exemplify the massive volumes of public finances still flowing to fossil fuel projects, which are driving climate change. The list comes as world... 

New JV to develop small-scale Zambian hydropower projects

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company... 

Siemens to build two gas-powered electricity plants in Libya

By: African News Agency      12th December 2017 Germany’s Siemens says it has signed contracts worth some €700-million ($824-million) to build two gas-powered electricity plants in Libya, AP reports. The plants are to be constructed in Misrata and Libya’s capital Tripoli, according to the Munich-based industrial conglomerate. 

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