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Wind News

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

Renewables body urges new Eskom chief to restore communications and momentum 

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2016 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has expressed the hope that the new CEO of Eskom will restore “constructive communication” with the renewable-energy industry, which it says has faced “increasingly irrational and inaccurate criticism” during Brian Molefe’s tenure. Molefe... 

Renewables body urges new Eskom chief to restore communications and momentum

Investment in wind energy cascades to communities

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2016 Africa’s leading wind energy event, Windaba, has wrapped up in Cape Town, with its organisers confident of the event’s role in transitioning South Africa to a cleaner energy future.  “Windaba has provided many comparable examples of global experience of achieving environmental sustainability,... 

CSIR study reveals optimistic renewable-energy scenario

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 A study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed that South Africa could radically cut its energy costs if it aims for a 70% renewable-energy share by 2040. CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz provided details of the study, titled ‘Least-cost... 

CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz
CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Global wind energy industry is soaring, hears Windaba

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 China is still leading the charge in the wind energy industry, outpacing by far the US, Germany, India and Spain. Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary-general Steve Sawyer, said the last two years in the global wind energy industry had seen substantial growth, after a flat period between... 

Global wind energy industry is soaring, hears Windaba

Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is considering legal options in a bid to get Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for round four of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Sawea says 26 projects totalling... 

Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

Company sees potential for growth in wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Owing to Southern Africa’s vast coastline and high winds, energy distributor Vert Energy believes that there are plenty of opportunities for the wind power division of its business to grow, in both the residential and independent power producer (IPP) sectors. Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson... 

GRANT ROBERTSON 
Vert energy has positioned itself at the forefront of the energy sector in Southern Africa
GRANT ROBERTSON Vert energy has positioned itself at the forefront of the energy sector in Southern Africa

WindAc Africa to spark wind energy discussions

28th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) highlights that a unique opportunity is arising for the first time for academics and researchers to share knowledge on wind energy in Africa, in the form of the first academic conference – WindAc Africa –  on the subject to be held on the... 

Offshore wind farm on track for first energy this year

28th October 2016 Digital industrial company GE unit, global energy financial solutions provider GE Energy Financial Services, and global bank Citi, announced earlier this month, the closing of tax equity financing on offshore wind and transmission developer Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm, the first... 

OFFSHORE WIND FARM 
The Block Island wind farm is a landmark project in the US renewable energy market
Photo by Bloomberg
OFFSHORE WIND FARM The Block Island wind farm is a landmark project in the US renewable energy market

Wind industry celebrates a million jobs

28th October 2016 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that wind industry growth has meant a 5% increase in employment in the sector, which has employed 1.1-million people globally. GWEC highlights the socioeconomic benefits generated by the global wind industry, in addition to supplying clean power.... 

REACHING FOR CLIMATE GOALS 
The wind industry has witnessed record growth in recent years
Photo by Duane Daws
REACHING FOR CLIMATE GOALS The wind industry has witnessed record growth in recent years

100 MW power purchase agreement signed in Nairobi

28th October 2016 In June energy company Kipeto Energy’s (KEL’s) Kipeto wind power project came one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it has formally signed a 20-year purchase power agreement with Kenyan power utility Kenya Power. This... 

ELECTRICITY CONNECTION DOUBLES 
The Kipeto project will be a key contributor to the Kenyan government’s initiative to provide 70% of households with electricity by 2017
Photo by Bloomberg
ELECTRICITY CONNECTION DOUBLES The Kipeto project will be a key contributor to the Kenyan government’s initiative to provide 70% of households with electricity by 2017

Windaba exhibitors showcase energy portfolio

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global providers of wind energy services to wind farm developers, owners, investors and others, UL-Dewi South Africa, which is part of US-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL), will exhibit at this year’s Windaba. Having participated in the Windaba for the past two years, the company points out... 

Wind energy investments increase future renewable energy plans

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Although the Department of Energy (DoE) has initiated the highly successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in South Africa, which has led to the rapid expansion of renewable energy, both wind and solar, integrated professional and technical services... 

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 This year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, which will take place during Wind Energy Week, aims to discuss ways in which South Africa could work towards achieving 30 000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. The conference – themed Towards 100% Renewables – will be held at the Cape Town Convention... 

100% RENEWABLES
This years theme has been informed by developments in the renewable energy industry
100% RENEWABLES This years theme has been informed by developments in the renewable energy industry

Further potential for wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa highlights that there is great potential for wind energy as a suitable energy source for South Africa. The company notes that the first wind farms are already on the grid and contribute to South Africa’s energy supply. Three... 

SUITABLE ENERGY SOURCE Wind energy is a cleaner fuel source as wind turbines do not produce atmospheric emissions
SUITABLE ENERGY SOURCE Wind energy is a cleaner fuel source as wind turbines do not produce atmospheric emissions

IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2016 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly increased its five-year growth forecast for renewable energy in light of what it describes as a “turning point” in 2015, when a record 153 GW of new renewables capacity was added globally. In its ‘Medium-Term Renewable Market Report’, the... 

Photo of Enel's Pulinda solar project in South Africa
Photo of Enel's Pulinda solar project in South Africa

Austrian FM highlights need for predictable regulation during South Africa mission

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2016 Austrian Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz used a business forum in Johannesburg this week to highlight regulatory stability and predictability as a “necessary condition” for future investment into South Africa and the rest of the continent. Kurz, 30, is Austria’s... 

Austrian Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz
Austrian Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William
Photo by Duane Daws
Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William

Nersa awaits RCA appeal before moving on new Eskom applications

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects its application for leave to appeal a recent North Gauteng High Court judgment, which found its approval of Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for the 2013/14 to be unlawful, to take... 

Nersa regulator Thembani Bukula
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa regulator Thembani Bukula

CSIR cost study shows new solar, wind to be 40% cheaper than new coal

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 A new comparative analysis of the cost of electricity generated from various supply sources in South Africa shows new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind to be 40% cheaper than the costs associated with new baseload coal-fired power stations. The analysis, conducted by Council for Scientific... 

Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Seabed clearance completed for UK wind farm project

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 Scottish subsea technology specialist Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has completed a second major seabed clearance project for gas and oil producer and energy supplier DONG Energy on what will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. ESS cleared more than 3 000 boulders at the site of DONG... 

SEABED CLEARING
The SCAR 2 Seabed System isa multi-purpose plough capable of boulder clearing, trenching and various seabed route preparation works
SEABED CLEARING The SCAR 2 Seabed System isa multi-purpose plough capable of boulder clearing, trenching and various seabed route preparation works

Enel’s first South African wind farm connected to the grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2016 The 88 MW Nojoli wind farm, located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, has been connected to the grid. The project, developed by Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA), is Enel’s first wind farm to start production in the country. 

The Nojoli wind farm
The Nojoli wind farm

Hulisani invests in Kouga wind farm through R145.2m acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th September 2016 JSE-listed Hulisani plans to acquire the entire issued share capital of Red-Cap Investment and Eurocape Renewables for a combined R145.2-million. Through the subscription of 400 ordinary shares in Red Cap, valued at R118.9-million, and 100 ordinary shares in Eurocape valued at R26.3-million,... 

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

GREEN SHOOTS OF GROWTH Special economic zones have managed to attract foreign and local investment in a lackluster economic environment
GREEN SHOOTS OF GROWTH Special economic zones have managed to attract foreign and local investment in a lackluster economic environment

Two more Eastern Cape wind farms inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2016 Two Eastern Cape wind farms – the 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni and the 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind facilities – were officially inaugurated this week. Both projects have been developed by Cennergi, the energy joint venture owned by Exxaro and Tata Power. The Amakhala Emoyeni  plant incorporates... 

The 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm
Photo by Stefanie de Beer
The 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Thebe executive chairperson Vusi Khanyile
Thebe executive chairperson Vusi Khanyile

80 MW Karoo wind farm officially inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2016 The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has been declared officially operational by Umsobumvo municipality district mayor Mzwandile Toto, following the completion of construction and the plant’s connection to the Eskom grid earlier in the year. Located 10 km east of the Karoo town of... 

80 MW Karoo wind farm officially inaugurated

Renewables investment in 2015 more than covers global power demand growth for first time

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that global electricity sector investment rose 4% to a record $682-billion in 2015 – a year when overall investment in the energy sector fell to $1.8-trillion, from $2-trillion, mainly as a result of lower oil and gas investment. The... 

Renewables investment in 2015 more than covers global power demand growth for first time

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux 

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2016 South African independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi, which is a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power, warns of possible investor “flight” unless the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of IPPs in South Africa is urgently resolved. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of... 

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux

Investec says release of updated IRP could ease IPP frustration and uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2016 Banking group Investec, which has supported various renewable energy and peaking power projects in South Africa, including the Avon and Dedisa open cycle gas turbines that recently entered commercial operation, remains convinced that the country will continue with its independent power producer... 

The Avon peaking power plant
The Avon peaking power plant

Editorial: Decisive leadership needed to address IPP impasse and industry structure 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2016 Eskom's hostility towards independent power producers (IPPs) can no longer be disputed, or ignored. The antagonism has also brought to the fore the oft-repeated warning about the genuine risk associated with the current structure of the industry, where IPPs are beholden to a dominant competitor... 

Editorial: Decisive leadership needed to address IPP impasse and industry structure

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement 

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Despite Cabinet having insisted at its recent lekgotla that South Africa has no intention of “changing course midstream” in its support of the independent power producer (IPP) programme and notwithstanding that all determinations are in terms of official Ministerial determinations, State-owned... 

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement

Offshore wind could replace UK’s Hinkley ‘at same cost’

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 Britain could scrap the $23-billion (18-billion pounds) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment. That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Rockefeller foundation backs African renewables platform

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2016 Private grantmaking foundation the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is participating in a $117.5-million investment in the Lekela Power Platform, which aims to build over 1.3 GW of wind and solar plants in Africa by 2018. The fund, created in 1940 by the sons of US oil industry pioneer John D... 

Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O’Connor
Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O’Connor

Nafcoc ‘alarmed’ by Eskom move against IPPs 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2016 The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) has added its voice to those questioning Eskom’s resistance to connecting new independent power producers (IPPs), saying it is “alarmed” by the State-owned electricity producer’s move. In a letter sent to Energy Minister... 

Nafcoc ‘alarmed’ by Eskom move against IPPs
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