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Opinion: Court’s ‘clean slate’ nuclear directive a big opportunity for new Energy Minister 

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Having been effectively directed by the Western Cape High Court to “start with a clean slate” when approaching the controversial issue of nuclear procurement, South Africa’s new Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has some big calls to make. In the April 26 judgment signed off by justices Lee... 

End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2017 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects a recovery in the deployment of wind projects in South Africa, following a hiatus in 2016 brought about by Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable-energy projects procured in 2015. In its ‘Global Wind Report:... 

Once again, we have a nonengineer as Energy Minister

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st April 2017 In the film The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins is a butler in a large country house. It is before World War II. The upper-class guests are all discussing the state of the world and of Germany. Somebody suggests that the opinion of the people should be taken into account. The common people. A... 

Solar body urges Energy Minister to provide revised PPA signing date 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2017 The South African Solar Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) expressed confidence on Tuesday that the latest delay in signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 37 renewable-energy projects procured in 2015 would be “short-term” in nature. However, it urged newly appointed Energy... 

Renewables contracts will not be signed on April 11 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2017 The signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the projects procured under the fourth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will not take place on April 11 as initially envisaged. The date had been set by former Energy Minister Tina... 

Opinion: Renewables IPP programme an example of impeccable governance

     7th April 2017 It is important to regularly pause, reflect and appreciate a job well conceived and well executed. Back in 2010, the South African government took the bold decision to create a legislative and practical environment in which the Department of Energy could procure power generated by private... 

And then there were 3: Joemat-Pettersson resigns as MP

By: News24Wire      6th April 2017 Former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has also resigned from Parliament. The former minister lost her job when President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet on Friday, March 31. 

Economics now key driver of commercial rooftop solar adoption as supply stabilises - juwi

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction services group juwi Renewable Energies expects the commercial solar market in South Africa to undergo a significant shift in the coming months as independent power producers (IPPs) begin playing a more prominent role. CEO Greg Austin says... 

Chamber of Mines ‘seriously concerned’ about Gordhan’s dismissal

By: Ilan Solomons     31st March 2017 The Chamber of Mines has added its voice to the chorus of parties that are worried about the consequences of President Jacob Zuma’s decision to reshuffle his Cabinet. Those that were removed from their positions included Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, his deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Tourism... 

Teacher union lashes Zuma over Muthambi appointment

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) on Friday accused President Jacob Zuma of “rewarding mediocrity” after he moved Faith Muthambi from the communications ministry to become the new Minister of Public Service and Administration through a cabinet reshuffle that has drawn wide... 

Treasury has been captured – EFF 

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 South Africa’s Treasury has been captured by the controversial Gupta family who have used President Jacob Zuma as their tool, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Friday. “This Treasury and the country have been captured…we are in a crisis, we are going to do anything in our power to fight... 

Outa seeks legal action in the wake of Cabinet Reshuffle

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Friday that it was exploring legal action and would persuade influential people in authority to support this objective following the axing of outgoing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Outa’s decision to seek legal action comes after the Democratic... 

Ramaphosa against Gordhan’s removal 

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday expressed his dissatisfaction with the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, adding that President Jacob Zuma presented the top African National Congress (ANC) leadership with a “ready made” list of the new Cabinet without consultation. Ramaphosa... 

'Government, it’s not for me' – Ramatlhodi

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 Outgoing Public Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi was not informed that his time as member of President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet had come to an end. Speaking to News24 while playing a game of golf on Friday morning, he said he had accepted that Zuma no longer wanted him to serve as a minister. 

Zuma ‘just plunged country into crisis’ – Saftu

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Friday accused President Jacob Zuma of having plunged the country into a crisis after a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle in which he fired the finance minister and his deputy. The new federation urged South Africans to take to the streets in protest. 

Midnight Cabinet reshuffle prompts calls for demo

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 In the wake of the biggest Cabinet reshuffle since 1996, civil rights organisations and trade unions have vowed to take to the streets on Friday to protest the removal of key ministers, especially Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Section27, SaveSA, and the... 

Zuma’s night of the long knives

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 President Jacob Zuma has fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his biggest Cabinet reshuffle yet since assuming office in 2009. In a brutal display of power, the president fired five ministers, including former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, who asked for Zuma to be recalled last year. 

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)... 

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