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Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2020 New statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre show that South Africa added only 100 MW of additional utility scale renewable-energy capacity in 2019, despite supply-side constraints and an intensive period of load-shedding. In fact, the report... 

Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd July 2020 The main transformer for the Perdekraal East Wind Farm has arrived by road from Pretoria, Gauteng. 

Global efforts needed to fast-track clean energy innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2020 A significant and concerted global push to accelerate innovation will be needed to pave the way to the energy sector reaching net-zero emissions, according to International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) Special Report on Clean Energy Innovation. The report discusses... 

Large power consumers call for overhaul of tariff-setting methodology 

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2020 South Africa’s largest power consumers are calling on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to urgently review the regulatory methodology being used by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to set Eskom tariffs. The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), whose mining and... 

Weekly Coal Index heralds vital new era of African pricing transparency  

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 Coal remains the dominant primary energy source for the production of electricity in South Africa. Even with high allocations for renewable energy in the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, as well as the prospect of coal-plant decommissioning over the coming ten years, coal is still... 

juwi to construct wind and solar farm in regional Western Australia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2020 The hybrid project consists of a renewable energy hub which will include a 4 megawatt solar farm combined with two 4.5 megawatt wind turbines integrated with a lithium ion battery system and gas generators. juwi Renewable Energy Pty Ltd, the Brisbane subsidiary of German renewable energy... 

Floating tidal farm on horizon

1st May 2020 Scotland-based tidal energy developer Orbital Marine Power has signed up to a second berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. This will pave the way for Orbital to deliver its first floating tidal turbine farm. 

Eskom gearing up to run philosophy maintenance ‘as a project’ following Covid-19 hiatus 

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2020 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is gearing up to implement philosophy maintenance as a centralised project across its unreliable coal fleet, where ongoing breakdowns have increased the risk of growth- and confidence-sapping load-shedding. The utility’s board has given its approval for the... 

Lessons from Brazil and India as South Africa gets set to resume renewables auctions  

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2020 Auctions have proved extremely successful for driving down the cost of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) tariffs in both Brazil and India in recent years and are, thus, set to remain the main instrument for introducing yet more variable renewable-energy capacity. Nevertheless, specialists from... 

Trudeau extends zero-emission-vehicle incentive to mining fleets

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd March 2020 The Canadian government will extend the zero-emission-vehicle incentive for businesses to include offroad vehicles, like mining fleets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a major mining conference in Toronto on Monday. The incentive would make it more affordable for businesses to invest... 

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