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Latest energy efficient building solutions showcased

By: Joanne Taylor     14th September 2012 The Star Interbuild Africa expo, with Glass Expo Africa, EcoAfribuild, Plumbdrain Africa, Frigair, Woodpro Africa and Current Africa showcased the latest energy-efficient building solutions, in line with new building industry regulations, at Nasrec last month. 

Greater collaboration urged as SA moves towards multiparticipant power market

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2012 Effective collaboration in the energy and electricity sector, between independent power producers and government, is necessary to overcome hurdles in the sector, says legal firm Werksmans Attorneys director Greg Nott. 

Eskom asked to integrate additional new-build options into tariff submission  

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2012 State-owned electricity utility Eskom, which was asked by government last week to refrain from delivering its tariff application to the regulator to allow for the inclusion of additional scenarios, has requested clarity as to the precise nature of these new considerations so as to enable it to... 

Big users urge hard line on Eskom costs, as utility delays tariff submission 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2012 South Africa’s Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to be more rigorous in its assessment of some of the cost factors informing Eskom’s application for electricity price increases for the five-year period from April 1, 2013, through to... 

Five hydrogen, fuel cell development projects under way

31st August 2012 Five research and development projects in the UK, supported by government, will accelerate the adoption of energy systems that use hydrogen and fuel-cell technologies, which will incorporate them into everyday use, the UK Technology Strategy Board says. 

Development plan calls for more gas, warns on coal export restrictions 

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2012 South Africa’s ‘National Development Plan 2030’ calls for efforts to be made to substitute coal with gas in the country’s energy mix, including developing shale gas resources “provided the overall economic and environmental costs and benefits outweigh those associated with South Africa’s... 

Regulations still not conducive to private power production – Saippa

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2012 Differences between independent power producers in South Africa and government legislators and regulators regarding the regulations governing independent power producers emerged at a workshop by industry body South African Independent Power Producers Association (Saippa) in June. 

Counterfeit electric equipment in SA threatens lives

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2012 Counterfeit electric goods that do not pass South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) tests not only burn when loaded below rated current and fail breaking capacity tests but also endanger South African lives, says South African electric equipment manufacturer CBI-Electric senior electrical... 

Eskom moves to secure five-year tariff visibility as it initiates MYPD3 process 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2012 Eskom confirmed on Friday that its third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would be for a five-year period, rather than the three-year horizon that prevailed during the first two MYPD periods. In other words, the... 

Combining electrician training with workplace experience seen as critical

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2012 Learnership programmes, where artisans in training work under a qualified and registered electrician, must effectively supplement formal artisan training by providing practical experience underpinned by the official quality and safety standards, says accredited electrician training centre P & T... 

Power tariff application to be submitted to Nersa in July 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom will submit its third multiyear price determination period (MYPD3) application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) during July, CE Brian Dames has confirmed. He says Eskom is taking its cue from President Jacob Zuma’s State of the National... 

Electricity theft prevention campaign gaining momentum,says Eskom 

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Since the launch of the Operation Khanyisa campaign in October 2010, there has been an increase in the number of incidents of electricity theft reported to authorities, says State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Comments sought on multiyear fuel-pipeline tariff dispensation 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2012 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited public comment on a consultation paper it has published regarding the implementation of multiyear tariffs within the petroleum pipelines industry. The consultation paper was prepared in response to indications from some licensees... 

Progress and risks as SA moves to deal with power crisis

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2012 Government’s proposed allocation of an additional R4.7-billion to complete its target of installing one-million solar water geysers is welcome news as a step in the right direction towards averting an energy crisis in South Africa, but much more needs to be done in order to mitigate this risk for... 

BBBEE verification services offering launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th April 2012 Audit and business advisory firm Grant Thornton has launched a nationwide broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) verification services offering division.  

Regulator focused on maintaining power sector sustainability

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects to make a decision on power utility Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD) by February 2013, says Nersa full-time regulatory member Thembani Bukula. 

Space created for private sector in Morocco’s renewables push, consultancy says 

6th April 2012 Surging demand and a strong need to reduce dependency on expensive coal and oil imports have motivated the recent development of the renewable energy sector in Morocco, creating considerable opportunities for private sector participation, says market research and analysis company Frost and... 

South Africans challenged to save more than 300 MW during Earth Hour 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     30th March 2012 Government’s energy saving movement 49M has called on South Africans to support the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WFF’s) 2012 Earth Hour initiative by switching off their nonessential lights and appliances between 20:30 and 21:30 on Saturday. “Anything is possible if we stand together. The... 

South Africa opts for incremental smart-grid migration 

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has begun to deploy a hybrid smart grid model that supports its legacy time-division multiplexing management system, while gradually introducing an Internet protocol (IP) packet communication system, which will enable smart demand side management, automatic... 

City of Johannesburg tables development plan

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2012 The City of Johannesburg on Thursday tabled its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Flagship Programmes for the next five years to the city council, highlighting green projects and infrastructure upgrades as being critical to achieve the Joburg 2040 Strategy outcomes. Executive mayor Parks Tau... 

SA’s industrial energy intensity falls, but still lags world average  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2012 The energy intensity of South African industry – measured by the tons of oil equivalent (toe) used to produce $1 000, or a unit, of manufacturing value added (MVA) – declined by a material 33% between 1990 and 2008, a recently published United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido)... 

Longer-term power price would unlock new funding options - Eskom 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2012 State-owned power company Eskom has confirmed that it will submit a tariff application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in June for a time horizon that is longer than the three-year rotation offered under the multiyear price determination period (MYPD). FD Paul O’Flaherty... 

Eskom says credit warning shows cost-reflectivity push still needed 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2012 Rating agency Moody’s description of the recent decision to lower Eskom’s 2012/13 tariff increase by 9.9 percentage points, from 25.9% to 16%, as being “credit negative” for the utility reinforced the need for South Africa to continue its move towards cost-reflective tariff levels, the... 

SABS introduces energy efficiency labelling standard for appliances

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2012 Following several calls by government for households to reduce their daily energy consumption and alleviate pressure from the electricity grid, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has introduced a product-labelling standard for electronic appliances. The standard would empower consumers... 

Nersa lowers 2012 power price increase from 25.9% to 16% 

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2012 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has revised lower Eskom's power tariff increases for the period April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013, from the 25.9% approved previously to 16%. In addition, Eskom and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) indicated at the weekend that they... 

Now SA tests IPP market appetite for conventional power projects 

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2012 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Treasury have issued a request for information (RFI) from potential developers of cogeneration facilities, as well as those coal-fired power stations, natural gas facilities and imported hydropower opportunities that could be introduced... 

Energy forum playing key role in knowledge sharing

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd March 2012 In Cape Town, commercial buildings use about 40% of total electricity and are responsible for about 28% of the city’s carbon emissions. 

Determining carbon tax rate a fine balancing act – Treasury  

By: Henry Lazenby     29th February 2012 Determining the correct rate for a carbon tax in South Africa is a fine balancing act, National Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat said on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch of conservation organisation Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa’s discussion paper on carbon tax... 

New procurement rules for power pylons to create some 1 500 jobs 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     28th February 2012 The designation of power pylons under government’s preferential procurement rules would create an estimated 1 500 new jobs, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) industry development executive Kobus de Beer said. Under new regulations associated with the Preferential... 

N Cape’s renewables potential underlined as Nersa gears up for licence hearings 

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2012 The Northern Cape’s potential as a national renewable-energy hub has again been highlighted, with Energy Minister Dipuo Peters pointing out on Monday that 16 of the initial 28 preferred projects identified by the Department of Energy (DoE) under the renewable energy independent power producer... 

Current power price path will squeeze SA competitiveness 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2012 South Africa’s international competitiveness will increasingly be dampened by the rapid rate at which the domestic electricity price is rising, Energy Intensive User Group chairperson Mike Rossouw said on the second day of the Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton. He said that, while electricity... 

Business welcomes Zuma’s power price stance, Eskom prepares options 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2012 The focus in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address on moderating the rate of increase in South Africa’s electricity tariffs has received strong support from business groupings. Zuma said that he had asked Eskom “to seek options on how the price increase requirement may be reduced... 

Gigaba says power price review geared to protecting SA from shocks  

By: Terence Creamer     30th January 2012 South Africa’s electricity pricing policy (EPP) review which has been initiated by the Department of Energy (DoE), will interrogate ways to “protect” the economy from “pricing shocks”, but was unlikely to entail a “complete revision” of the policy, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said... 

Reworked empowerment law aims to combat fronting, elevate nonownership scorecard elements

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th January 2012 South Africa’s empowerment legislation is about to get new teeth in addressing issues such as fronting and local content procurement, besides others. 

SA urged to act before EU carbon project window closes in Dec 

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2012 Climate finance practitioners and regulators have urged South African developers of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects to finalise their applications for registration of such projects with the United Nations during the first quarter of 2012, or face being excluded from the key European... 

Nersa postpones power price hearings as it receives notice of policy review 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2012 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has decided to postpone public hearings, scheduled for February 3, into it multiyear price determination (MYPD) methodology. Full-time regulatory member for electricity Thembani Bukula told Engineering News Online on Monday that notice of the... 

Energy deregulation could spur new businesses, industries 

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2012 A diverse and robust energy industry can be created in South Africa through government’s deregulation of the South African energy generation market, similar to the deregulation and subsequent boom of the telecommunications industry, says electronic and electrical specialist company Jasco CEO Pete... 

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