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Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirming its willingness to consider an application from the State-owned utility... 

Russian nuclear deal places massive liability on South Africans 

By: News24Wire      27th February 2017 A nuclear agreement with Russia has far-reaching consequences for the budget the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday, as it places all liability for a nuclear accident on South Africa, while indemnifying Russia completely. David Unterhalter, SC, appearing for Earthlife Africa and the Southern... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Revised IRP to go back to Cabinet by early spring – energy department

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 The Integrated Resource Plan should be finalised by August or September, depending on Cabinet’s reception of the energy blueprint, the director-general of the department of energy said on Tuesday. “It will not be before June this year, but it might be by July, August. But then if Cabinet says go... 

Northern Cape youths receive financial aid for tertiary education

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 Twenty-six youths from the Emthanjeni municipality, in the Northern Cape, were awarded full tertiary bursaries last month by solar energy project developer Solar Capital and its subsidiary Solar Capital De Aar 3. These bursaries were among the 80 distributed at the well-attended Ministerial... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

PPA stand-off risks future wind energy jobs as new graduates enter saturated market

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2017 South Africa’s fledgling wind turbine service technician training programme will be "training its graduates for unemployment" if construction on the next round of State-commissioned wind farms does not get under way this year, warns South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec)... 

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2017 When the Ministers responsible for seeking resolution to the current impasse in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector meet this month, they will be expected to weigh the serious legal and policy implications of backtracking from a Ministerial determination – as well as from one of the country’s... 

Eskom’s refusal to sign new renewables PPAs costing jobs, investments – DCD 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2017 Fears that State-owned Eskom’s protracted delay in concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with selected independent power producers (IPPs) could result in job losses and the idling of projects, are emerging, as DCD Wind Towers starts cutting jobs. The R536-million DCD Wind Towers venture,... 

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 Newly appointed National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) CEO Christopher Forlee insists that the Energy Regulator will not take any “illegal” decisions when making a determination in February about the trajectory of Eskom’s 2017 tariffs. Instead, any decision will seek to navigate the... 

Cape Town draws battle lines over right to buy alternative energy from IPPs 

By: News24Wire      27th January 2017 The City of Cape Town plans to take Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to court for the right to buy power directly from alternative energy suppliers, instead of Eskom. The city wanted to get 20% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020, but needed the minister to sign off on an... 

IPPs want solution for all 26 outstanding renewables projects, not only some 

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) indicated on Friday that, while it welcomed indications that Eskom was willing to reopen lines of communication on 26 outstanding renewables projects, it could only entertain a solution that remained faithful to the procurement process already... 

Nersa gets new boss

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 Christopher Forlee will take over the helm as chief executive officer of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Nersa announced on Monday that Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson made the appointment for a period of five years, effective from 1 January 2017. He will also be... 

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 The environmentalist groups taking the Department of Energy (DoE) to court over the nuclear procurement programme claim its decision in late 2016 to make Eskom the nuclear energy procurer was unlawful. This view is contained in an answering affidavit filed by Earthlife SA and the Southern African... 

Outa objects to handling of IRP public consultation process 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday accused the department of energy of giving the public too little time to weigh in on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which sees South Africa adding 20 gigawatt of nuclear energy to its power grid over the next three decades. “Outa has... 

Brown says current power build ‘trajectory’ may be detrimental to consumers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says that South Africa is currently adding electricity capacity to the grid at rate higher than what is required and argues that the “current trajectory” could be detrimental to consumers. She asserts, therefore, that it is “critical that the Integrated Resource... 

Energy department reluctantly gives insight into nuclear studies 

By: African News Agency      29th November 2016 A study by the department of energy and National Treasury on a funding model for the planned nuclear expansion programme handed to Cabinet in 2015 advised that the best way to test cost analysis was to go to the market for tenders, the department told MPs on Wednesday. Deputy director general:... 

Busa concerned about Eskom, govt misalignment on nuclear component of IRP 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) expressed concern on Thursday about a seeming lack of alignment between government and Eskom on the nuclear component of the newly released draft base case of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). In a statement welcoming the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s)... 

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) will on Tuesday November 22 release the long-waited draft of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The release, which will take place in Pretoria, follows the Cabinet decision of November 2,... 

Strong sense of irony as Eskom solicits energy-intensive connections

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

Sarec too raises IPP delay concerns

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2016 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has become the latest organisation to raise concerns over State-owned power utility Eskom’s repeated delays in signing off on new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs). In a response statement to the disclosures... 

Central Energy Fund grilled by lawmakers on controversial fuel stock sale

By: Kim Cloete     8th November 2016 The management and board of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been grilled by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, particularly on its controversial sale of 10-million barrels of crude oil reserves. The CEF has, however, been unable to come up with many answers. The main point of... 

Joemat-Pettersson launches Limpopo-based energy centre

By: Anine Kilian     4th November 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Friday launched the Ngwaabe Integrated Energy Centre (IeC), in partnership with Shell, at Feta-Kgomo, in Limpopo’s Greater Tubatse municipality. The IeC programme is a Department of Energy initiative established in response to a White Paper on energy... 

Winde questions why Saldanha Bay was excluded from DoE’s LNG IPPPP plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday said the provincial government was disappointed that Saldanha Bay was not identified as a port for the importation of natural gas. The Department of Energy last month selected Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

SA nuclear industry unfazed by latest delays in nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2016 The Nuclear Industries Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not concerned about the latest postponement in the country’s new nuclear power plant (NPP) construction programme. “Although, as an industry, we’d have liked this process to have started a long time ago,” observes Niasa MD Knox... 

Green shoots

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2016 In a September 22 statement, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) reiterated the “grave concern” it had expressed in an earlier open letter to Preside Jacob Zuma about ongoing threats to charge, or even arrest, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. However, it also used the statement to urge... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Parliament turns away PetroSA, DoE officials

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2016 Parliament turned away PetroSA board members as well as Department of Energy (DoE) officials after they failed to submit a forensic report into the R14.5-billion loss incurred by the State-owned entity. DoE director-general Thabane Zulu had prepared a presentation relating to the investigation... 

CSIR cost study shows new solar, wind to be 40% cheaper than new coal

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 A new comparative analysis of the cost of electricity generated from various supply sources in South Africa shows new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind to be 40% cheaper than the costs associated with new baseload coal-fired power stations. The analysis, conducted by Council for Scientific... 

Boikarabelo first coal target slips as Resgen aims for March financial close

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th October 2016 Dual-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has pushed back the expected date of first coal production from its Boikarabelo mine in South Africa’s Waterberg region, as talks with potential financiers to secure the best funding package continue. The emerging producer in August entered into a... 

NGOs unhappy about new bids for baseload coal 

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) decision to select preferred bidders under the first bid window for independent coal baseload power plants. The Life After Coal Network says the expansion of coal-fired power generation through the Coal... 

Exxaro over the moon on independent coal power selection

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2016 The selection of Thabametsi as a preferred independent coal-fired power project has delighted black-owned mining company Exxaro, which will chip in a R3-billion first phase coal mine to supply 3.9-million tons of coal a year for 30 years to its power plant partners. Energy Minister Tina... 

Eskom confident it can raise funds for nuclear build programme 

By: Kim Cloete     12th October 2016 Eskom says it is confident that it can raise funding and operate the multibillion-rand 9.6 GW nuclear new build programme. “Eskom has turned the corner. We’ve turned our operations around. We’ve tucked in our shirts. Today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today,” said... 

Energy Minister says Eskom to fund nuclear as new procurement framework is unveiled

By: Kim Cloete     11th October 2016 Eskom’s balance sheet will be used to leverage funding for government’s anticipated multibillion-rand nuclear build programme, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Tuesday. She told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy that the National Treasury would not be funding the... 

Busa says energy policy still too unclear

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s decision to delay the nuclear build programme’s request for proposals, noting that business remains concerned about the current lack of transparency, consistency and evidence-based decision-making in South... 

DoE opts for integrated model for highly anticipated gas-to-power roll-out

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has opted for an integrated delivery model for the country’s highly anticipated Liquefied Natural Gas Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (LNG IPPPP), which will be initially deployed at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

Eskom’s role and outstanding generation plan key to nuclear RFP delay 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2016 The issue of Eskom’s role in the procurement process for South Africa’s nuclear new build programme is said to lie at the heart of Cabinet’s surprise decision to delay the release of the controversial nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was due for dissemination on September 30. However,... 

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