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Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2019 Rapidly falling renewable-energy costs, together with emerging opportunities to electrify other energy end-uses such as transportation and heating, are continuing to reduce the investment premium associated with placing the world on a more climate-friendly path, a new international report... 

Norway wealth fund to tighten coal ban, add green infrastructure

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2019 Norway plans to tighten restrictions on coal investments for its $1-trillion sovereign wealth fund while opening it up for renewable-energy infrastructure assets. The government proposes to expand its coal ban by adding absolute caps on production of thermal coal, or its use in power generation,... 

No, love, you’re not alone

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th April 2019 An extract from a song by Jacques Brel: "The newsreel of our life/I'll play it in reverse / Your pain will fall away / We'll relive yesterday / And start where we began, love . . ." So, yes, we have load-shedding. But we were not the first. Back in the day, to reduce electricity consumption, and... 

Demand for utility-scale battery solutions increasing

By: Thabi Madiba     5th April 2019 Advancements in energy storage technology are starting to reflect in the rise of utility-scale battery solutions, which could revolutionise the ability of intermittent renewables to have higher penetration into the grid, says solar energy company SOLA Future Energy CEO Dr Dom Wills. The company... 

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... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th April 2019 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th April 2019 All projects have reached their commercial operation dates. 

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... 

MMG joins Glencore, ERG in reviewing Congo plans after tax hike 

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Yet another foreign miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reviewing its future production plans after the government increased taxes and removed investor safeguards despite industry protests. MMG, the Chinese-owned copper producer, is considering whether to invest in more expensive methods... 

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,... 

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