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Electricity News

‘Remarkable’ rise in renewables value for money as costs continue to fall 

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2020 A narrow focus on the monetary value of yearly renewables investments is masking the “remarkable” improvement in value for money that has accompanied the sharp decline in solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind costs since 2010. International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) senior analyst... 

Opinion: What comes next for municipal IPP procurement – evolution or revolution?

10th June 2020 In this opinion article, energy policy specialist Andreas Klees highlights the ongoing legal and policy constraints to South African municipalities procuring electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). Nevertheless, he urges them to begin preparing themselves for that eventuality. 

Opinion: What comes next for municipal IPP procurement – evolution or revolution?
Andreas Klees

Fair Cape launches yellow lid to mark renewable energy investment

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2020 Dairy products producer Fair Cape Dairies has launched a limited edition yellow-lidded EcoFresh milk bottle to commemorate the 254 155 kWh-worth of renewable energy produced at its facilities and used since October 2018. Since the Fair Cape solar switchover took place on October 24, 2018, all... 

Fair Cape launches yellow lid to mark renewable energy investment

Investec backs Pele Green Energy to expand in wind and solar

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2020 Pele Green Energy plans to expand its wind and solar projects in Africa after raising capital with the help of Investec, a South African and UK specialist bank. The first round of financing was arranged through a preference-share funding arrangement that will invest in project equity and working... 

No sign of slowdown in solar deflation – IEEFA 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2020 Despite a sharp decline in costs over the past decade, there is no sign that solar photovoltaic (PV) deflation will slow anytime soon, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) director of energy finance research Tim Buckley asserts in a new research note. Double-digit annual... 

No sign of slowdown in solar deflation – IEEFA
IEEFA director of energy finance research Tim Buckley

Kibo fails to obtain shareholder approval for proposed share capital reorganisation

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2020 Aim-listed Kibo Energy did not receive the mandatory threshold of 75% approval from shareholders for several resolutions, among which were a proposed share capital reorganisation, during voting at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on June 8. Proxies were received by shareholders holding... 

Thyssenkrupp increases electrolysis cells production capacity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2020 Technology group Thyssenkrupp has expanded its manufacturing capacities for electrolysis plants and can now produce electrolysis cells with a total power consumption of up to 1 GW a year. This is on the back of green hydrogen rising worldwide as an energy carrier and carbon dioxide... 

Scatec completes hybrid solar plant in South Sudan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2020 Independent solar power producer Scatec Solar has commissioned a combined solar and battery storage plant, in Malakal, South Sudan. The plant will power the Humanitarian Hub, which is managed by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).  

Cogeneration next step in energy and heat supply

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th June 2020 Steam boilers supplier and services provider Steam Generation says clients are aiming to decarbonise their production processes by 2030 through cogeneration as part of integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into their operations. 

Cogeneration next step  in energy and heat supply
BOILING HOT Heat recovery systems that Steam Generation supplies minimise production losses, increase plant energy efficiency and save on boiler running costs

Boiler hire eliminates operational disruptions

5th June 2020 Businesses that rely heavily on boilers are occasionally confronted with a situation where they are forced to operate at reduced capacity. 

Outsourced steam to improve efficiency, ensure cost savings

5th June 2020 The economic downturn has had a severe impact on countless businesses, forcing many to re-examine their operational costs. 

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 The South African government is being urged to accelerate the implementation of its renewable-energy-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) as part of the country’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery package. Meridian Economics MD Dr Grové Steyn, who is currently modelling the economic... 

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

Rolls-Royce to help develop nuclear fusion energy in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has been awarded a four-year full-service engineering design framework contract by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). The contract means that Rolls-Royce will help deliver multi-disciplinary projects for the UKAEA. The company will provide... 

Swedish clean energy tech ready for full scale commercial launch in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2020 A year ago, the first PWR BLOK from the Swedish clean technology company Swedish Stirling was commissioned at ferrochrome producer Afarak's Mogale site, in South Africa. The company is now ready to launch on a larger commercial scale in the country. 

Solidarity issues letter of demand to stop pension funds going to Eskom

By: Donna Slater     4th June 2020 With a letter of demand addressed to the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), labour union Solidarity instituted legal steps to stop the exchange of Eskom debt for Eskom shares, on June 4. In doing so, Solidarity demands that plans by the PIC to... 

Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big co-benefits 

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 South Africa’s medium-term response to the Covid-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to reset the country’s unsustainable development pathway by fostering a “green recovery” that improves electricity and water security and creates jobs, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist... 

Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big co-benefits
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Eskom informs lawmakers it will not meet DPE's unbundling timeline

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2020 In a presentation to lawmakers on Wednesday, Eskom indicated that it would not meet the unbundling timetable outlined for the vertically integrated power utility by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) in a policy paper released in October, titled a ‘Roadmap for Eskom in a Reformed... 

Eskom informs lawmakers it will not meet DPE's unbundling timeline
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Responsible sourcing of critical minerals in focus as energy transition drives up demand

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2020 The accelerating pace and scale of the global clean-energy transition is poised to dramatically increase demand for critical energy minerals and metals, from aluminium to zirconium, with implications not only for the resources sector, but for geopolitics. The future energy system will be far more... 

Responsible sourcing of critical minerals in focus as energy transition drives up demand

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2020 As the only port with green status in the Southern African port system, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura has now established itself as a suitable partner in driving green energy development in the country. TNPA says the port has provided a safe gateway, temporary storage... 

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa
Wind farm deliveries

Creecy has had no formal communication on possible exclusion of FGD at Medupi 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has had no formal communication from Eskom with regards to it potentially not installing flue-gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems at the Medupi power station in line with a previous commitment to do so. FGD technologies... 

Creecy has had no formal communication on possible exclusion of FGD at Medupi
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Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

Replacing world’s costliest 500 GW of coal with solar and wind would shave $23bn off system costs  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2020 Replacing the costliest 500 GW of coal with solar photovoltaic and onshore wind would cut power system costs by up to $23-billion a year and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 1.8 gigatons, equivalent to 5% of total global CO2 emissions in 2019, a new report shows. The study also... 

Replacing world’s costliest 500 GW of coal with solar and wind would shave $23bn off system costs

Battery metals traceability project launched to enhance sustainability of industry

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2020 Finland-based research, development and innovation organisation VTT says the success of electric vehicles (EVs) may be determined by production methods and information on the origins of battery materials in the future. VTT and the Geological Survey of Finland GTK, there, have launched a battery... 

SAPVIA says draft new generation regulations fall short of mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2020 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) says draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity enabling municipalities to develop or procure their own power generation fall short of addressing needs of either industry or municipalities. Mineral... 

SAPVIA says draft new generation regulations fall short of mark

Renergen remains on track to execute Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2020 The 2020 reporting period has arguably been emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) and helium producer Renergen’s busiest to date, with major milestones including a successfully completed initial public offering on the ASX, which raised A$10-million for the company, ensuring that the company... 

New Africa-focused IPP venture emerges following buy-out

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2020 A new Africa-focused renewables independent power producer (IPP) has been formed following a buy-out of Building Energy’s Africa and Middle East business by a joint venture comprising Building Energy’s management and Inspired Evolution’s Evolution II Fund. Rebranded Red Rocket and headquartered... 

New Africa-focused IPP venture emerges following buy-out
10MW solar plant in Tororo, Uganda

Zambia's CEC to discontinue power supply to Konkola Copper Mines

By: Reuters     1st June 2020 Zambia's Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC) will stop supplying power to Vedanta's local unit Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) from Monday, it said after talks on an extension to their supply agreement broke down over debt owed to CEC. Zambia's Energy Minister Mathew Nhkuwa told Reuters that KCM would now... 

Covid-19 an opportunity for better resource management

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The national lockdown because of Covid-19 presents a good opportunity for manufacturing companies to improve their resource and utilities management, says government-funded programme National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) KwaZulu-Natal regional manager Kevin Cilliers. There is... 

Covid-19 an opportunity for better resource management
KEVIN CILLIERS It is important to have a good management practice in place for utility use while there is time and space to focus on it

R&D on hold to keep doors open

By: Tracy Hancock     29th May 2020 Stainless steel cylinder manufacturer Jooste Cylinder & Pump Company has implemented various measures, such as delaying research and development (R&D) projects, to assist staff as much as possible and “keep the doors open” amid the Covid-19 crisis. “Jooste re-invests much of its income in new... 

Loock to retire as Metair CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 JSE-listed Metair has announced that its CEO Theo Loock has decided to take early retirement and will step down from the position, effective December 31 this year. He will also step down as chairperson and nonexecutive director of all local and international Metair subsidiaries and associated... 

Loock to retire as Metair CEO
Metair CEO Theo Loock

Juwi starts work on fourth hybrid renewable energy project in Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 Juwi Renewable Energy has signed an agreement with Perth-based Contract Power to build the solar and wind power components of a new hybrid generation solution for the town of Esperance in, Western Australia. The hybrid project comprises a renewable energy hub, including a 4 MW solar farm and... 

Juwi starts work on fourth hybrid renewable energy project in Australia
Juwi Renewable Energy's hybrid project at Degrussa mine

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 In a report, 'Tracking Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7): Energy Progress', international organisations have warned that universal access to energy by 2030 will fall short unless efforts are scaled up significantly. According to the authors − the International Energy Agency (IEA), the... 

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

PIC proposes converting Eskom bonds into equity - chairperson

By: Reuters     28th May 2020 South African state asset manager the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has submitted a proposal to government on converting bonds it holds in struggling state utility Eskom into equity, PIC chairperson Reuel Khoza told Reuters in an interview. Khoza said the PIC had discussed the proposal with... 

South Africa's Eskom sees lower risk of power cuts during winter 

By: Reuters     28th May 2020 South Africa's state-owned power utility Eskom expects only 3 days of stage one power cuts, where up to 1 000 megawatts is taken off the national grid, during the winter period when demand increases, the chief executive officer said on Wednesday. "We anticipate three days of stage one... 

South Africa's Eskom sees lower risk of power cuts during winter
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Pipeline construction at Renergen's Virginia project to resume

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2020 Engineering consultant EPCM Bonisana, a subsidiary of EPCM Holdings, plans to remobilise on June 1 for the restart of construction of the pipeline at emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virgina gas project, in the Free State. “This is a great result, not only for Renergen... 

Wind energy market set new installation record in 2019 with 63 GW added

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2020 According to its second edition of its annual 'Supply Side Analysis 2019' report, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that in 2019 a new supply side record, in terms of capacity for the wind energy industry, was set, with 22 893 wind turbines being installed internationally. These wind... 

Pandemic-induced slump in global energy investment risks locking in obsolete technologies 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge by $400-billion in 2020, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report shows. Describing the slump as “unparalleled” and “staggering” in both scale and swiftness, the... 

Pandemic-induced slump in global energy investment risks locking in obsolete technologies
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’  

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) confirmed on Tuesday that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had concurred with a Ministerial determination submitted to the regulator in February for the procurement of 2 000 MW of emergency electricity from independent... 

Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’
IPP Office working on scheme to procure 128 MW of additional energy from existing wind and solar farms
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