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Solar PV industry criticises DoE for IRP base case assumptions

13th December 2016 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) has criticised the Department of Energy (DoE) for “grossly incorrect pricing assumptions” for solar PV in its updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) model. “The IRP is using numbers that are 40% higher than numbers available to them and... 

Political concealment alleged as report on state of PetroSA is withheld

25th November 2016 A controversial forensic audit report into embattled State entity PetroSA, which was to have been disclosed to the media and public during the course of a meeting of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, has been withheld. At the meeting, on Tuesday, which was closed to the media and... 

Investment in wind cascading to communities

18th November 2016 Africa’s leading wind energy event, Windaba, wrapped up in Cape Town earlier this month, with 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... 

Kumi Naidoo appeals for accelerated effort to lower carbon emissions

18th November 2016 Former Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo has called for major changes in a bid to deal with “irreversible, runaway and catastrophic” climate change. He told delegates at the annual Windaba, in Cape Town, that even the approach of the environmental movement and progressive parts of society... 

Study makes economic case for renewables-first energy mix in SA

18th 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... 

Global wind energy industry soaring – GWEC head

18th 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... 

Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

18th 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... 

Central Energy Fund grilled on controversial fuel stock sale

18th November 2016 The management and board of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been grilled by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, particularly on its controversial sale of 10-million barrels of crude oil reserves. The CEF has, however, been unable to come up with many answers. The main point of... 

DA alleges political concealment about the state of PetroSA

15th November 2016 A controversial forensic audit report into embattled State entity PetroSA, which was to have been disclosed to the media and public during the course of a meeting of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, has been withheld. At the meeting, on Tuesday, which was closed to the media and... 

Investors rattled by recent political developments

11th November 2016 Recent political developments in South Africa have made investors very jittery and the outlook for the economy is still fragile, according to an Absa/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) presentation, delivered in Cape Town in late October. “Our businesspeople in South Africa are clearly very... 

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