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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... 

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss 

By: Terence Creamer     12th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has slammed as a “blatant distortion of facts” Eskom’s claim that the country suffered a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 as a result of the State-owned utility’s purchases of power from the country’s renewable-energy plants. It has also... 

Eskom expects net economic loss to South Africa from renewables for next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 Amid growing frustration around the pending amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan and the impact this will have on future renewable-energy projects in South Africa, State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday revealed that the economy has suffered a R9-billion net loss for 2016, owing to a... 

Nuclear power is the way to go

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th December 2016 If one decides to build a new hospital, one would expect that medical doctors and nurses would have a major say in how the hospital should be laid out. Architects would be involved. But local church groups, the baker and butcher should not be involved. Representatives of the church could make... 

Company extends range to meet demand for portable power

     2nd December 2016 Having identified a growing need for dependable portable power, particularly for use in agriculture and mining, for maximum efficiency of power tools in construction and for small-scale commercial and residential applications, custom power solutions provider Vert Energy is extending its range of... 

Eskom justifies nuclear tender urgency on back of hand-picked IRP scenario

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated last week 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 by... 

Hybrid gensets to complement renewable energy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Generating set producer Aksa Power Generation South Africa (SA) will launch its hybrid generating set (genset) in South Africa in January next year, providing a standby power generating solution to the country that is able to run in parallel with renewable-energy sources. 

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... 

Wind and solar PV bodies cautiously welcome draft IRP, CSP body to contest exclusion 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2016 The wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) industry bodies have responded positively to the allocations outlined in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case, while the concentrated solar power (CSP) body has expressed dismay at the technology’s exclusion. South African Wind Energy Association... 

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... 

IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly increased its five-year growth forecast for renewable energy in light of what it describes as a “turning point” in 2015, when a record 153 GW of new renewables capacity was added globally. In its ‘Medium-Term Renewable Market Report’, the... 

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... 

Investment in wind energy cascades to communities

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2016 Africa’s leading wind energy event, Windaba, has wrapped up in Cape Town, with its organisers confident of the event’s role in transitioning South Africa to a cleaner energy future.  “Windaba has provided many comparable examples of global experience of achieving environmental sustainability,... 

Big renewables investor puzzled by Eskom’s hostility amid falling costs

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 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... 

Eskom continues to bemoan renewables costs as IPP uncertainty lingers

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom offered little certainty on Wednesday about how its current stand-off with renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) would be resolved, while continuing to bemoan the high costs associated with its current contracts. However, CEO Brian Molefe did... 

Ramp up efforts to lower carbon emissions, warns former Greenpeace leader  

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 Former Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo has called for major changes in a bid to deal with “irreversible, runaway and catastrophic” climate change. He told delegates at the annual Windaba, in Cape Town, that even the approach of the environmental movement and progressive parts of society... 

Global wind energy industry is soaring, hears Windaba

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 China is still leading the charge in the wind energy industry, outpacing by far the US, Germany, India and Spain. Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary-general Steve Sawyer, said the last two years in the global wind energy industry had seen substantial growth, after a flat period between... 

Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is considering legal options in a bid to get Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for round four of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Sawea says 26 projects totalling... 

100 MW power purchase agreement signed in Nairobi

     28th October 2016 In June energy company Kipeto Energy’s (KEL’s) Kipeto wind power project came one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it has formally signed a 20-year purchase power agreement with Kenyan power utility Kenya Power. This... 

Company sees potential for growth in wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Owing to Southern Africa’s vast coastline and high winds, energy distributor Vert Energy believes that there are plenty of opportunities for the wind power division of its business to grow, in both the residential and independent power producer (IPP) sectors. Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson... 

Further potential for wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa highlights that there is great potential for wind energy as a suitable energy source for South Africa. The company notes that the first wind farms are already on the grid and contribute to South Africa’s energy supply. Three... 

Nersa deliberating on Sawea’s complaint against Eskom, but warns fines not binding

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has lodged an official complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) over Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with preferred bidders selected under the country’s highly regarded Renewable Energy... 

Offshore wind farm on track for first energy this year

     28th October 2016 Digital industrial company GE unit, global energy financial solutions provider GE Energy Financial Services, and global bank Citi, announced earlier this month, the closing of tax equity financing on offshore wind and transmission developer Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm, the first... 

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 This year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, which will take place during Wind Energy Week, aims to discuss ways in which South Africa could work towards achieving 30 000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. The conference – themed Towards 100% Renewables – will be held at the Cape Town Convention... 

Wind energy investments increase future renewable energy plans

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Although the Department of Energy (DoE) has initiated the highly successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in South Africa, which has led to the rapid expansion of renewable energy, both wind and solar, integrated professional and technical services... 

Wind industry celebrates a million jobs

     28th October 2016 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that wind industry growth has meant a 5% increase in employment in the sector, which has employed 1.1-million people globally. GWEC highlights the socioeconomic benefits generated by the global wind industry, in addition to supplying clean power.... 

Windaba exhibitors showcase energy portfolio

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global providers of wind energy services to wind farm developers, owners, investors and others, UL-Dewi South Africa, which is part of US-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL), will exhibit at this year’s Windaba. Having participated in the Windaba for the past two years, the company points out... 

WindAc Africa to spark wind energy discussions

     28th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) highlights that a unique opportunity is arising for the first time for academics and researchers to share knowledge on wind energy in Africa, in the form of the first academic conference – WindAc Africa –  on the subject to be held on the... 

IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2016 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly increased its five-year growth forecast for renewable energy in light of what it describes as a “turning point” in 2015, when a record 153 GW of new renewables capacity was added globally. In its ‘Medium-Term Renewable Market Report’, the... 

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... 

Nersa awaits RCA appeal before moving on new Eskom applications

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects its application for leave to appeal a recent North Gauteng High Court judgment, which found its approval of Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for the 2013/14 to be unlawful, to take... 

Wind body wants Nersa to fine Eskom for failing to comply with IPP policy 

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has lodged an official complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) over Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with preferred bidders selected under the country’s highly regarded Renewable Energy... 

Independent Power Producers Take On Eskom Through National Energy Regulator

     17th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association has lodged an official complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa over Eskom’s failure to comply with ministerial determinations. The complaint relates to Eskom’s public refusal to enter into power purchase agreements with Preferred... 

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... 

Lahmeyer International at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 in Hall B4 at Stand EG.301

     26th September 2016 From September 27 to 30, 2016, on- and offshore specialists will come together in Hamburg at the WindEnergy Trade Fair. Lahmeyer International, together with its parent company Tractebel, will present its range of services in the field of wind energy. The engineers support wind energy projects... 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

Gas will be integral to energy mix in the future – Eskom

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2016 South Africa’s decision to introduce a carbon tax by 2020 will impact coal mines in an already declining coal market, Eskom renewables research manager Kubeshnie Bhugwadin said on Thursday. Addressing an audience at a gas workshop hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation, she pointed out that the... 

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