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Opinion: Highlights of upcoming code for embedded generation

Updated 52 minutes ago In this article, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association board member Frank Spencer offers insight on the upcoming SANS 10142-1 standards for embedded generation installations 

Just Share labels Investec’s climate-risk disclosure report as new benchmark

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 2 hours 38 minutes ago Shareholder activism organisation Just Share has described the ‘Climate Related Financial Disclosures’ report published by Investec in May as having set a new benchmark for South African banks in climate-risk disclosure. The Just Share analysis has been released ahead of Investec’s August 8... 

Just Share labels Investec’s climate-risk disclosure report as new benchmark

Covid-19 may have accelerated peak fossil fuel demand ‘by more than a decade’

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago If the world economy fails to recover rapidly from the Covid-19 crisis and if efforts to curb emissions are moderately accelerated, it is possible that global fossil-fuel demand peaked in 2019, a new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis shows. The analysis models the future demand for coal, oil... 

Covid-19 may have accelerated peak fossil fuel demand ‘by more than a decade’

Kenya on course for $5bn nuclear plant to power industry

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2020 Kenya’s nuclear agency submitted impact studies for a $5-billion power plant, and said it’s on course to build and start operating the facility in about seven years. The government plans to expand its nuclear-power capacity fourfold by 2035, the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency said in a report on... 

DPE welcomes Eskom’s move to recoup lost funds

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has welcomed State-owned power utility Eskom’s steps to recoup funds lost to State capture corruption. Eskom and the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) announced on August 3 that a set of summonses have been issued in the North Gauteng High Court to... 

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded generation projects 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol intends issuing, during its current financial year, a request for proposals (RFP) for wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of between 200 MW and 300 MW having received a strong response to a market-testing request for information (RFI) issued in May.... 

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded generation projects
Photo by Creamer Media
Sasol's Secunda complex stands in the background with power lines in the foreground

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Electricity utility Eskom has called for bids for the design and construction of a battery energy storage system (BESS) to be installed at the Skaapvlei substation at Vredendal, in the Western Cape, where the group’s 100 MW Sere wind farm is located. The system should have a minimum power... 

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system
The substation at the Sere wind farm in Vredendal

Eskom, SIU issue summonses to recover State capture funds 

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on August 3 issued summonses in the North Gauteng High Court to recover funds from former Eskom executives, board members and members of the Gupta family and their associates, as well as others. "The funds were lost in a... 

Nedbank inks partnership to enable homeowners to leverage loans to install solar PV

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2020 Financial services provider Nedbank has partnered with the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) through its PV GreenCard accreditation in an effort to increase access to and the affordability of installing renewable energy solutions for homeowners. Through the partnership,... 

Bushveld Minerals advances plans to support VRFB development 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has advanced the acquisition of Austrian group Enerox by acquiring a further 65.1% of the investment vehicle’s share capital through Enerox Holdings Limited (EHL). EHL is a newly incorporated investment vehicle formed by a consortium of investors, including Bushveld... 

Renergen spuds first well as expected

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 The drill rig at emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project production hub, in the Free State, is preparing to spud the first well in the programme. The upcoming programme of inclined wells target the gas productive fracture systems at the project. 

Sasol calls for bids for 10 MW solar plants at Mpumalanga, Free State operations

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of two embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities of 10 MW apiece at its operations in Secunda, in Mpumalanga, and Sasolburg, in the Free State. The closing date for submissions is Friday, October 2. 

Sasol calls for bids for 10 MW solar plants at Mpumalanga, Free State operations
The Secunda complex

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2020 Higher levels of infrastructure investment are needed to increase South Africa’s potential growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) latest survey of South Africa asserts. Released on July 31, the report warns that the South African economy could contract by as... 

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts
OECD says tourism sector has big jobs potential, but will need support until the middle of 2021

Eskom to cancel R14bn contract after probe findings

By: Bloomberg     31st July 2020 Eskom Holdings plans to cancel a contract to buy as much as R14-billion of fuel oil from Econ Oil & Energy, after a probe it commissioned found Econ’s fees had been inflated, a person familiar with the situation said. Nothemba Mlonzi, a director at Econ Oil, declined to comment because she said... 

GroundWork approaches court over IRP

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2020 Environmental organisation GroundWork has launched new court proceedings against the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). GroundWork stresses that decisions about South Africa’s energy future must be made in a... 

Montego says solar plant investment yielding returns

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2020 Pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition's R22-million investment in a dedicated solar energy plant last year is yielding returns. Marketing manager Wilfred Cawood says that, as a result, the company's carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 300 t to date this year. 

Opinion: Could Eskom be repurposed to become training ground for the energy transition?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     31st July 2020 One of the most common remedies proposed for addressing Eskom’s financial and operational problems is that of reducing jobs at the state-owned utility. The argument is premised on the view that Eskom is massively overstaffed and that its headcount should, thus, be reduced to help lower costs and... 

Opinion: Could Eskom be repurposed to become training ground for the energy transition?

Seifsa welcomes Nersa's appeal to High Court ruling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2020 The Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed the decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to appeal the High Court judgment that set aside Nersa’s decision on Eskom’s fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) for the 2019/20, 2020/21... 

Busa strongly advises Nersa to review its pricing policy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2020 Business Unity South Africa says the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is in the unenviable position of trying to balance Eskom’s applications with consumer submissions, and needs to review and amend its pricing policy to be fit for purpose for the future energy mix. This... 

Redavia deploys first solar farm in Kenya at Menengai Farmers

By: African News Agency      30th July 2020 A global market leader of cost-effective, reliable and clean solar power for businesses, Redavia has deployed its first solar farm in Kenya for Menengai Farmers tea farm in Tigoni. In a statement on Wednesday, Redavia said that for the first 20 years of its operations, Menengai Farmers had... 

World Bank approves $300m for promotion of electricity trade in West Africa

By: African News Agency      30th July 2020 An amount of $300-million has been approved by the World Bank Group from the International Development Association (IDA) credits and grants to support reforms that will help promote electricity trade in west Africa.   In a statement released on Wednesday, the World Bank said the West Africa... 

First digital solar PV GreenCard training course completed

By: Schalk Burger     30th July 2020 The Solar Training Centre (STC), in partnership with the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC), is offering its PV GreenCard course digitally for installers working in the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector. The PV... 

Electricity tariffs to increase 

30th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a recent court judgment that declared the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa's) decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period 2019/20 to... 

Electricity tariffs to increase
Electricity tariffs to increase

Eskom targets Gauteng, KZN for illegal connections and load reduction drive

By: African News Agency      29th July 2020 Power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that it would be embarking on a roadshow to educate the public on issues impacting on the national power grid, such as illegal connections, infrastructure theft, meter tampering and illegal vending.  Education on load reduction would also form part of the... 

 Eskom targets Gauteng, KZN for illegal connections and load reduction drive

Renergen completes plant design ahead of schedule

By: Simone Liedtke     29th July 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has completed the design of its Virginia gas plant, 22 days ahead of schedule. The significant achievement marks the completion of the fourth major milestone at its Virginia gas project in the Free State. 

Power tariff set to rise to 128c/kWh in 2021 after Eskom wins Nersa battle over R69bn equity injection 

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2020 In a scathing judgment made on July 28, the court has declared as illegal the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period 2019/20 to 2021/22, but has also instructed that the full... 

Power tariff set to rise to 128c/kWh in 2021 after Eskom wins Nersa battle over R69bn equity injection

Approvals for Gazetted list of infrastructure projects valued at R360bn to be fast-tracked 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2020 The Presidency’s Investment and Infrastructure Office head Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa  reported on Monday that the publication of an initial list of 50 Strategic Integrated Projects and 12 Special Projects in the Government Gazette is motivated by a desire to ensure that the approval processes... 

Approvals for Gazetted list of infrastructure projects valued at R360bn to be fast-tracked
Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

SAPVIA welcomes energy dept's commitment to dealing with energy security challenge

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th July 2020 Industry body the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has applauded the “determination put forward by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe to mobilise the private sector to address the threats to energy security but cautions that there is no more time... 

Eskom to seek authorisation to proceed with repurposing of four coal stations 

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2020 State-owned electricity producer Eskom aims, within the coming months, to seek authorisation from its board and government to initiate a formal bidding process for the repurposing and repowering of the Camden, Komati, Grootvlei and Hendrina coal-fired power stations using lower-carbon generation... 

Eskom to seek authorisation to proceed  with repurposing of four coal stations

British govt announces funding to develop advanced modular nuclear reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2020 The British government announced on July 10 that it was awarding funding of £40-million for the development of advanced modular nuclear reactors (AMRs) and associated technologies. This was part of the UK’s programme to develop new and low-carbon industries and energy sources, thereby creating... 

African countries urge to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy 

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2020 African countries should aim to invest 25% of their Covid-19 stimulus budgets in renewable energy, Sustainable Energy for All CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi said on Wednesday, noting that renewable energy had emerged as the cheapest source of new electricity for most countries on the continent. Speaking... 

African countries urge to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy

Covid-19 crisis highlights need for renewable energy systems, says Standard Bank

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd July 2020 The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the need for Africa to develop flexible energy systems in which renewables and decentralised technologies play a far larger role, says financial services provider Standard Bank Group. The pandemic has led to a global decline in electricity demand as commercial... 

Renewables zones in Emalahleni and Klerksdorp part of just-transition vision – Creecy 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has made a direct link between government’s proposed designation of Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) in the coal and gold mining towns of Emalahleni and Klerksdorp respectively, and South Africa’s just transition to a... 

Renewables zones in Emalahleni and Klerksdorp part of just-transition vision – Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 Concern continues to be raised over the fact that the biggest cut made to the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy’s 2020/21 budget is for the electrification of poor households, especially in those province with the largest connection backlogs. The cuts, which were signalled in early... 

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget

Engie joins Mining3 to develop renewable hydrogen-based solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2020 Global energy company Engie has become the newest member of leading global mining industry research organisation Mining3. Engie says it joins Mining3 in its next phase of hydrogen research to co-create hydrogen solutions to help reach carbon neutrality for the mining sector in the coming... 

Eskom suspends operations in other parts of Cape Town following attacks

By: News24Wire      23rd July 2020 Eskom announced it has now suspended operations in other parts of Cape Town following continued attacks on its employees.  Affected areas, where the utility has pulled out of operations, include Bloekombos, Wallacedene, Kraaifontein CBD and Wesbank in Delft, it said in a statement on Wednesday.  

Eskom suspends operations in other parts of Cape Town following attacks

IFC exceed 2019 fiscal commitments with $4.6bn invested

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2020 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, committed $5.6-billion to private sector development in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa in fiscal year 2020, supporting businesses across the two regions to launch, grow, provide jobs and fight the impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic.   IFC is a... 

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