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Renewable Energy News

The secretive election of the world’s top nuclear peacekeeper

By: , Bloomberg     21st October 2019 When the head of the world’s nuclear watchdog died in July, his death was kept secret for four days. Many people didn’t even know Yukiya Amano was sick. The process that will see his post finally filled this week is shrouded in just as much mystery. The ambassadors of the 35 nations on the... 

Investors turn defensive as Eskom’s day of reckoning approaches

By: , Bloomberg     21st October 2019 Investors are prepared for the worst as the day of reckoning looms for Eskom Holdings, the State-owned power utility seen by Goldman Sachs Group as the biggest threat to the country’s economy. Yields on benchmark South African government notes are at their highest in three weeks, trumped only by... 

IRP renewable allocation a promising sign for cheaper power - SAWEA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 The long-awaited, Cabinet-approved 2019 Integrated Resource Plan shows that South Africa is transitioning to a cleaner energy future, the South African Wind Energy Association said on Friday, giving the government blueprint a thumbs-up. The organisation welcomed the 14.4 GW allocation for wind... 

IRP renewable allocation a promising sign for cheaper power - SAWEA
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade  

By: Reuters     18th October 2019 Coal will continue to play a significant role in South Africa's plan to boost electricity generation over the next decade, with more renewable energy also lined up, Mineral Resources & Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday. He said the additional capacity for the energy mix until 2030... 

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Wind power is key to avoid load-shedding, bolster growth – association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 As businesses and consumers had to ensure several days of growth-denting loadshedding this week, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has highlighted the importance of procuring new generation capacity. The association believes that in choosing the new capacity needed to replace... 

Wind power is key to avoid load-shedding, bolster growth – association
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Eyeing economic growth, South Africa seeks to renegotiate old renewables projects

By: Reuters     17th October 2019 South Africa has started discussions with power producers to try to get cheaper electricity from some older renewable energy projects and give the economy a boost, several participants in the talks say. But participant power firms - some of which are backed by big names such as EDF Renewables -... 

Cabinet approves IRP2019 

By: African News Agency      17th October 2019 Cabinet on Thursday announced it had approved the promulgation of the Integrated Resource Plan, South Africa's policy blueprint for the electricity sector. The IRP spells out a proposed energy mix for the country until 2030. In a statement, Cabinet said "most of the inputs" from experts in the... 

Cabinet approves IRP2019

Caledonia mulls installation of solar PV plant at Zim mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2019 Triple-listed Caledonia Mining Corporation says electricity supply to its Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, has improved since late August. The TSX-, NYSE- and LSE-listed company attributed the improved electricity supply to a new electricity pricing schedule introduced by government for the mining... 

Any further delay to IRP approval will increase load-shedding risk, Busa warns 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2019 Amid a return of the load-shedding spectre, Business Unity South Africa has called for the urgent finalisation of a “least-cost and least-regret” Integrated Resource, which it describes as the first step towards the stabilisation of the country’s electricity sector. Cabinet is expected to... 

Any further delay to IRP approval will increase load-shedding risk, Busa warns
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Busa president Sipho Pityana

ENERTRAG South Africa scopes wind farm potential in eMalahleni  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2019 Hydrogen and renewable energy project developer ENERTRAG South Africa has started with the installation of a 120-m-tall wind measurement mast near Eskom’s Hendrina power station in Pullens Hope, Mpumalanga. A minimum of 12 months’ ground assessment of wind and general climate conditions, coupled... 

ENERTRAG South Africa scopes wind farm potential in eMalahleni
The team on an ENERTRAG site visit

B2Gold approves $38m hybrid energy project for Mali mine 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2019 Canadian gold miner B2Gold has approved the $38-million implementation of an offgrid solar battery hybrid system at its Fekola mine, in Mali. Construction is set to start at the end of this year, with completion scheduled for August 2020. 

Yearly procurement of 1.6 GW a ‘sweet spot’ for stimulating wind-turbine industrialisation  

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2019 A leading wind turbine original equipment manufacturer (OEM) believes that the local content in South African wind farms could rise to as high as 65% in the short term should the country demonstrate its commitment to a consistent yearly deployment of 1.6 GW. At present, local content on South... 

Yearly procurement of 1.6 GW a ‘sweet spot’ for stimulating wind-turbine industrialisation
Siemens Gamesa South Africa MD Janek Winand

Egypt denounces Ethiopia for moving ahead with Nile dam amid water-shortage fears

By: Reuters     10th October 2019 Egypt denounced Ethiopia on Wednesday for moving forward with building and operating a hyropower dam on the Nile, which Cairo worries will threaten already scarce water supplies. Ethiopia, the source of the Blue Nile which joins the White Nile in Khartoum and runs on to Egypt, says the dam will... 

Egypt denounces Ethiopia for moving ahead with Nile dam amid water-shortage fears

Plans to speed up electrification in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     10th October 2019 Africa needs to connect around 73-million people to electricity every year to reach the goal of affordable and sustainable energy for every single African by 2030, says the African Union (AU) Commission. Atef Marzouk, head of the Energy Division of the AU Commission’s Department of Infrastructure... 

Mantashe confident South Africa will have a new energy plan by next week 

By: News24Wire      10th October 2019 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that he tabled the Integrated Resource Plan before a Cabinet committee meeting on Wednesday and that he was confident it would be approved at next week's Cabinet meeting. Speaking to delegates at the Oil and Power Conference... 

 Mantashe confident South Africa will have a new energy plan by next week
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

The IRP brings winds of change  

By: Kim Cloete     10th October 2019 With the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) due to be finalised and a generous share of the energy mix being set aside for wind power, the winds of change are blowing across the industry in South Africa and into the rest of Africa. Leaders in the industry were upbeat during the final plenary of the... 

The IRP brings winds of change

Presidential Commission on Climate Change 

10th October 2019 Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer tells Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn more about Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy’s plans to finally establish the proposed Presidential Commission on Climate Change, what South Africa’s proposed just transition to a low-carbon... 

Presidential Commission on Climate Change
Presidential Commission on Climate Change

Mining companies edge towards renewable energy options

By: Kim Cloete     9th October 2019 Mining companies are starting to heed the transition towards a low-carbon future by investing in wind energy, solar and gas. This was relayed at the annual African wind energy summit, the Windaba, in Cape Town, on Wednesday. 

Minerals Council calls for rational debates on a just transition 

By: Kim Cloete     9th October 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has called for "rational and sombre" debates about a just transition from coal-fired power to more wind and solar energy and has outlined the difficult situation mining companies are facing, amid higher electricity prices and other input costs. The council's... 

Minerals Council calls for rational debates on a just transition
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Minerals Council chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Southern African wind energy association launched

By: Kim Cloete     9th October 2019 A regional association that will focus on unlocking wind energy opportunities across Southern Africa has been launched at the annual Windaba wind energy conference in Cape Town.   Known as Wind SADC, the association will help countries and companies boost their wind energy industries. 

Southern African wind energy association launched

Zimbabwe quadruples electricity prices to fund power investment

By: Reuters     9th October 2019 Zimbabwe has increased the average electricity tariff by 320% to let the State power utility ramp up production and improve supplies at a time of daily rolling power cuts, the national energy regulator said on Wednesday. Power cuts lasting up to 18 hours have hit mines, industry and homes and,... 

Renewables sector’s just transition roadmap to target coal and gold regions 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2019 South Africa’s renewable-energy industry is preparing a detailed ‘just transition’ roadmap that will incorporate employment, spatial and industrialisation components to the deployment of solar and wind in a bid to catalyse economic activity and job creation in areas where coal and gold mining are... 

Renewables sector’s just transition roadmap to target coal and gold regions
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mike Levington

Don’t 'declare war among technologies', says Mantashe amid imminent tabling of the IRP  

By: Kim Cloete     8th October 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said the latest version of government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would be tabled before Cabinet next week and would make space for all technologies, ranging from renewables to nuclear. “The promulgation of the updated IRP is... 

Don’t 'declare war among technologies', says Mantashe amid imminent tabling of the IRP
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Half of turbine components for Perdekraal East, Kangnas wind farms delivered

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2019 Nearly 50% of the wind turbine components for the Perdekraal East Wind Farm and more than 45% of the wind turbine components for the Kangnas Wind Farm, have been delivered to site. It is expected that all 480 turbine components for the Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, will reach... 

Half of turbine components for Perdekraal East, Kangnas wind farms delivered
Wind turbine blade delivery Perdekraal East

Electricity generation master plan to be tabled before Cabinet next week, Mantashe says  

By: News24Wire      8th October 2019 Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says that the latest iteration of the state's long-term plan for electricity generation will be tabled before Cabinet next week. If approved by Cabinet, it will be gazetted soon after. The Integrated Resource Plan describes the state's plan... 

 Electricity generation master plan to be tabled before Cabinet next week, Mantashe says
Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Siemens backs mega green power hydrogen project in Australia

By: , Bloomberg     8th October 2019 Siemens is partnering on a 5 000 MW combined solar and wind farm in Western Australia that will produce renewable hydrogen for potential export to Asia. The Murchison facility will use Siemens’ electrolyser technology to convert power from the solar and wind units into hydrogen, it said in a... 

Egypt urges international mediation over Nile river deadlock

By: African News Agency      7th October 2019 Seven years of talks between Egypt and Ethiopia in Sudan over a massive dam construction on the Nile river have reached a deadlock with Cairo appealing to the international community to intervene. Ethiopia began constructing the Grand Renaissance dam on the Blue Nile in 2012 saying the... 

Standard Bank partners with SAPVIA to advance solar PV industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2019 Standard Bank has formed a new strategic partnership with the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) to advance the growth of the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry in South Africa. Sapvia, representing more than 300 players in the solar PV industry, will leverage the partnership... 

Harmony considers solar PV roll-out at Free State mines

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Solar technology developer SOLA Group has signed a heads of terms agreement with a consortium which intends to install three solar photovoltaic (PV) plants with gold miner Harmony Gold  in the Free State, SOLA Group head of Energy Storage and Microgrid Services Daniel Goldstuck told delegates at... 

Panel systems order fast-tracked for Zimbabwe delivery

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local industrial component supplier ElectroMechanica delivered pre-assembled irrigation pump panel systems for use in agricultural applications last month. The panels are scheduled for installation and commissioning, in Zimbabwe, by the end of this month. 

Panel systems order fast-tracked for Zimbabwe delivery
OPEN AND SHUT CASE The pump panels were assembled, wired and packaged in seven days

Atlas pinpoints energy hot spots

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th October 2019 With the prospect of wind energy as a viable source of renewable energy in South Africa increasingly on the rise, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) tells Engineering News that areas have been identified in South Africa with significant wind sources through a wind... 

Atlas pinpoints  energy hot spots
UP IN THE AIR WASA Wind Measurement mast in Alexander Bay

Wind energy untapped vine of job creation

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th October 2019 The wind energy industry comprises various subsectors, each with its own degree of job creation potential, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies tells Engineering News. 

Wind energy untapped vine of job creation
FINGER IN THE WIND G7 engineers on site deploying Sonic Detection and Ranging instruments to supplement ongoing wind measurement campaigns

Wind turbine brake maintenance revolutionised with specialised tools

4th October 2019 Lifting and positioning brakes is a sizable challenge in confined spaces, but maintenance is critical to minimising operational downtime, specifically when large wind turbines feature a yaw brake. 

Wind turbine brake maintenance revolutionised with specialised tools
FIX WHAT IS BROKEN Svendborg Brakes’ LBS Yaw Brake Lifting tool allows service teams to carry out Wind Turbine maintenance in-situ

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2019 After stalling last year, global renewable energy capacity additions are expected to recover strongly in 2019, supported by a solid rebound in onshore wind deployments and ongoing solar photovoltaic (PV) growth. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects almost 200 GW of renewables capacity to... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

Wind energy on the rise in S Africa

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th October 2019 Although wind energy is a long way from being a dominant source of energy in South Africa, consulting engineering company Aurecon tells Engineering News that wind is one of the most competitive forms of electricity generation in the country. 

Wind energy on the rise in S Africa
JANICE FOSTER The contribution of wind energy to the power grid is likely to grow

Transformation through wind energy warranted

4th October 2019 South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), published in August 2012, contains 14 desired outcomes, providing a blueprint to grow the economy, eliminate poverty and reduce inequality. 

Transformation through wind energy warranted
Photo by Bloomberg
THE WINNING SPIN Wind energy contributes greatly to the 2030 target of connecting 20 GW of renewable power to the grid
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