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SA to have 400 wind turbines spinning by year-end

13th June 2014 Driving along the West Coast road not far from Cape Town, it’s hard not to miss the 37 turbines reaching into the sky at the Hopefield wind farm. It may seem an unusual sight in South Africa for now, but not for too long. There are likely to be 400 turbines spinning by the time we wave 2014... 

Western Cape wind farm showcased as industry gains momentum

30th May 2014 Wind energy is pushing ahead in South Africa, with five wind farms in full operation, another 15 currently under construction and a further seven approaching financial close. By the time they are all up and running, 1 983 MW could be generated by more than 700 turbines, with further development... 

City of Cape Town scoops utility award

30th May 2014 The City of Cape Town has been named top municipality in the African Utility Week Awards, partly for its quality of electricity and moves to save water.“It is a city that is serious about service delivery and planning. The City of Cape Town’s infrastructure planning for short-term, medium-term... 

Top smart metering challenges debated

30th May 2014 Executives from around the world have listed cyber security, regulatory uncertainty and a need to close the skills gap as three of the top challenges facing the smart metering industry. Delegates to African Utilities Week in Cape Town heard how the threat of hacking remote devices was a very real... 

Obama’s Power Africa begins to take shape

30th May 2014 Private-sector partners have committed over $14-billion to the Power Africa project, which was launched by US President Barack Obama last year, doubling the $7-billion set aside by USAID for the project for the next five years. In an update on the project, Agnes Dasewicz, the director of USAID’s... 

Specialist suggests companies sharpen up on sustainability

28th May 2014 Businesses are increasingly under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. But a sustainability expert says they should see this as an opportunity rather than a threat. “It’s a great opportunity for companies to build a case for sustainability. Sustainability is not lack of profit. You can make... 

Calls for more integration of energy in Southern Africa

23rd May 2014 The African Utility Week has got under way in Cape Town with a call for more interconnectedness between countries and a concerted effort to power up more households and industries on the continent. Eskom transmission development group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo said he hoped Southern Africa would... 

Wind energy gathering momentum, Hopefield farm fully operational

16th May 2014 Wind energy is pushing ahead in South Africa, with five wind farms in full operation, another 15 currently under construction and a further seven approaching financial close. By the time they are all up and running, 1 983 MW could be generated by more than 700 turbines, with further development... 

City of Cape Town scoops utility award

14th May 2014 The City of Cape Town has been named top municipality in the African Utility Week Awards, partly for its quality of electricity and moves to save water.“It is a city that is serious about service delivery and planning. The City of Cape Town’s infrastructure planning for short-term, medium-term... 

Big challenges for smart metering

14th May 2014 Executives from around the world have listed cyber security, regulatory uncertainty and a need to close the skills gap as three of the top challenges facing the smart metering industry. Delegates to African Utilities Week in Cape Town heard how the threat of hacking remote devices was a very real... 

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