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Renewable Energy News

Opinion: If renewables are so cheap, why are we paying so much for them? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     5th April 2019 Hardly a week passes without a statement being made about the high costs of renewable energy in South Africa. Typically, the argument is made on social media and is framed to suggest that Eskom is buying electricity at R2.22/kWh from renewable-energy independent power producers (REIPPs) and that... 

Energy storage a viable solution to load-shedding

By: Thabi Madiba     5th April 2019 Amid State-owned power utility Eskom’s announcement of there being a high risk of rotational load-shedding, which will be implemented only if absolutely necessary, power management company Eaton South Africa MD Seydou Kane says energy storage solutions can play an important role in creating more... 

Energy storage a viable solution to load-shedding
SEYDOU KANE Energy storage solutions provide not only flexibility but also cost savings, should they be integrated into a company’s power grid

Interest in hydrogen storage increasing

By: Thabi Madiba     5th April 2019 Interest in hydrogen energy storage continues to grow, owing to the very large storage capacity that liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology offers, compared with other technologies. Currently, most hydrogen is stored as a cryogenic liquid or is compressed under high pressure, which are... 

Lucas calls Northern Cape Africa’s renewables hub as she inaugurates Kathu Solar Park 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2019 The Kathu Solar Park, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated by the province’s Premier Sylvia Lucas, on Thursday. The project was commissioned in February. 

Lucas calls Northern Cape Africa’s renewables hub as she inaugurates Kathu Solar Park

Eskom provides system update 

4th April 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a media briefing hosted by Eskom and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Lethabo power station this week to update the country on the state of Eskom’s power system and whether the country is... 

Eskom provides system update
Eskom provides system update

Strong renewable energy capacity growth continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 The decade-long trend of strong growth in renewable energy capacity continued in 2018 with global additions of 171 GW, according to data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency this week. The year-on-year increase of 7.9% was bolstered by new additions from solar and wind energy,... 

Strong renewable energy capacity growth continues

Ministerial approval for new Mozambique electricity law pending

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2019 Mozambique’s Council of Ministers is expected to review a new proposed Electricity Law during its next Parliamentary session in July or August, law firm CGA chairperson Pedro Couto said on Wednesday. He noted that the Mozambique government had concluded the necessary public consultation process... 

Load-shedding: Eskom's plan for winter and how it will keep the lights on 

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2019 Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan says that Eskom has come up with a detailed winter plan that includes several possible scenarios. Gordhan said the first scenario was if no load-shedding was implemented. 

 Load-shedding: Eskom's plan for winter and how it will keep the lights on

Sanedi signs contract with SolarTurtle to develop next-gen solar kiosks

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and community empowerment solar photovoltaic (PV) product developer SolarTurtle have signed a contract to develop the next-generation SolarTurtle solar energy kiosk, called the... 

Sanedi signs contract with SolarTurtle to develop next-gen solar kiosks
BABYTURTLE

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 Without alternative power generation capacity, unemployment will remain rampant in South Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive Patrick Dlamini said on Tuesday. "The policy makers, they have a decision to make, to make sure that you can be able to enable and sustain... 

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement with NDB for renewables project  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st April 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) and Eskom on Monday signed a $180-million loan agreement for the Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Augmentation project. The loan agreement was signed by NDB VP and COO Xian Zhu and Eskom CFO Calib Cassim during the fourth yearly meeting of the NDB in... 

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement with NDB for renewables project

NDB, DBSA sign loan agreement for renewable energy projects in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have signed a $300-million loan agreement for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Energy Sector Development project. The NDB will provide the loan to the DBSA without a sovereign guarantee. 

Zimbabwe power utility seeks 30% tariff increase – report

By: Reuters     1st April 2019 Zimbabwe's State-owned power utility Zesa Holdings has applied to the energy regulator to raise its tariff by 30% for maintenance of its grid and after the price of inputs like diesel went up, The Herald newspaper reported on Monday. Uninterrupted power supplies are especially critical for... 

Zimbabwe power utility seeks 30% tariff increase – report

CSIR engineers warn of increasing electricity prices, advise on load-shedding mitigation measures

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2019 While load-shedding is expected to continue plaguing South Africa for at least the next six months, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) energy systems senior engineer Joanne Calitz has also warned consumers to expect electricity prices to increase by about another 36% by 2021.... 

CSIR engineers warn of increasing electricity prices, advise on load-shedding mitigation measures

Bushveld Energy commissions first VFRB project  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Wednesday announced that its 84%-owned subsidiary Bushveld Energy had commissioned a vanadium redox flow battery (VFRB) project with Eskom, including site acceptance testing. At completion, the unit will have a peak output of 450 kWh.  

City of Johannesburg intent on using licence to buy power from independent producer – Mashaba

By: News24Wire      27th March 2019 Eskom has barred the City of Johannesburg from increasing its energy capacity despite having a licence to purchase power generation from other producers, mayor Herman Mashaba told journalists on Tuesday.  Mashaba was speaking at a Democratic Alliance (DA) media briefing which party leader Mmusi... 

City of Johannesburg intent on using licence to buy power from independent producer – Mashaba
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

High Court dismisses bid by coal transporters to interdict renewables projects

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2019 A court application to have 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed between Eskom and 26 independent power producers (IPPs) in 2018 declare null and void has been dismissed with costs. The legal challenge was initiated last year by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF), a voluntary... 

High Court dismisses bid by coal transporters to interdict renewables projects

Radebe willing to use his legislative powers to unlock short-term private power projects  

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe signalled his willingness on Tuesday to use his legislative powers to facilitate the introduction of private electricity supply alternatives that could reduce the threat of load-shedding by Eskom in the short- to medium-term. Addressing the DLO Africa Power Roundtable... 

Radebe willing to use his legislative powers to unlock short-term private power projects
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Global emissions hit record as energy demand boosts fuel use  

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use hit a record last year after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade, reflecting higher oil consumption in the US and more coal burning in China and India. Those findings from the International Energy Agency mark a setback for the effort to rein in... 

DA mayors to ask minister permission to bypass Eskom 

By: African News Agency      26th March 2019 Democratic Alliance (DA) mayors will petition Energy Minister Jeff Radebe under Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act for permission to procure electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs), DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Maimane said it would allow councils run by... 

 DA mayors to ask minister permission to bypass Eskom

Master Drilling’s full year performance underpinned by Americas, Europe success 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2019 JSE-listed Master Drilling expanded its operations to Canada, Turkey, Ghana and Italy and saw growth in Brazil and Mexico during the financial year ended December 31, 2018. This helped to offset headline earnings decreases in a tough African market.  

Master Drilling’s full year performance underpinned by Americas, Europe success
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Opinion: If investment is the goal, what should SA’s electricity game plan be? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     22nd March 2019 South Africa has correctly identified the lack of investment as a serious constraint to economic growth and job creation. President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved to address the problem by reaching out to domestic and foreign investors both informally and through the inaugural Investment Conference,... 

Opinion: If investment is the  goal, what should SA’s electricity game plan be?
LEAST-COST ADVANTAGES: No environmental benefits in deviating from South Africa least-cost electricity scenario

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2019 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace Africa on Tuesday reaffirmed its opposition to State-owned Eskom’s application for further postponements and/or suspensions from air quality legislation. The organisation explained that, in the interests of realising the Constitutional right to a healthy... 

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Greenpeace global air pollution unit lead analyst Lauri Myllyvirta

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth
Minister in The Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks, while Dr Johan van Zyl, Mpumi Mpofu and Roelf Meyer listen

Emira on track to achieve environmental sustainability targets – CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2019 Diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund is continuing its positive impact on environmental sustainability by increasing its use of renewable energy resources, expanding its water efficiency initiatives and phasing out the use of ozone depleting R22 refrigerant gas. The... 

Emira on track to achieve environmental sustainability targets – CEO

PEWA to focus on women and youth participation in energy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 The Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference will focus on innovation, investment, and women and youth participation in energy as it welcomes forty African countries for its twenty-second edition this year. 

PEWA to focus on women and youth participation in energy
ELECTRIFYING AFRICA Event organiser aims to host 8000 attendees at the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa conference

Solar microleasing platform in deal with clean-energy fund manager

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Solar-generation microleasing platform Sun Exchange announced last month that it had signed an agreement with Johannesburg-based boutique clean energy fund manager Decentral Energy, says Sun Exchange founder and CEO Abe Cambridge. The agreement gives Decentral’s Grovest Energy, an Income Tax Act... 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer will attend The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is combined with the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 26 and 27, 2019. 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa
SITES ON AFRICA Vermeer aims to penetrate the renewable-energy market in Africa

PV solar energy the solution to power woes

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 The energy sector in Africa is under pressure, considering its inability to supply sufficient power for end-users, says photovoltaic (PV) solar industry supplier Valsa Trading MD Svilen Voychev. 

PV solar energy the solution to power woes
SVILEN VOYCHEV European power solutions are not necessarily ideal for African power challenges

Lithium and cobalt risks growing, World Energy Council survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 The tenth edition of the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) World Energy Issues Monitor 2019 highlights that lithium and cobalt will play an increasing role in commodity market risks, which are traditionally dominated by oil and gas price fluctuations. According to the survey, this is one of the four... 

Concurrent events to unfold at PEWA

15th March 2019 The Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event brings innovators, disrupters and change agents together to talk and engage in business pertaining to power and electricity. 

Concurrent events to unfold at PEWA
PEWA Event transforming business around the world

Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

Lesedi exploring opportunities in  Africa at PEWA
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi continues to support Eskom in providing electricity to South Africa

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG We need to embrace LNG as one of the renewables that can make a difference globally

World Bank, others continue investment in African offgrid projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th March 2019 While progress has been made in increasing access to electricity in Africa, population growth has also increased considerably and, therefore, more needs to be done to meet the needs of the millions of people on the continent who are still without access to electricity, says Pinsent Masons partner... 

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2019 JSE-listed energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer Metair saw a strong contribution from its overseas acquisitions in the energy storage vertical, while also being supported by good volume throughput from the automotive components vertical in the year ended December 31,... 

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Metair MD Theo Loock

Better planning needed to ensure jobs for skilled persons in water, energy sectors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2019 About 300 000 graduates in the energy and water sectors in South Africa are seeking employment, some of whom even re-enter into learnerships to stay in the economically active loop, says Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority acting CEO Mpho Mookapele. Speaking at the Skills... 

Eskom struggles and tariff hikes strengthen case for distributed generation – SAWEA study

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2019 Commissioned against the backdrop of volatility and uncertainty in the electricity landscape, a new study by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has highlighted the role that distributed generation renewable energy (DG-RE) could play in the South African electricity market. The... 

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