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AfriForum to take legal action against defaulting municipalities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Friday said it would call on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to withdraw the licences of municipalities that have defaulted on their payments to power provider Eskom. “[We will be approaching] the courts in terms of the protection of... 

Eskom acknowledges payment extension decision for defaulting municipalities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 Eskom has welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to grant municipalities until the end of January to settle their arrear debt with the power utility. Brown on Thursday instructed the parastatal to allow municipalities until January 31 to settle arrears before switching off... 

EU grants Zambia $69m for energy projects

By: Reuters     20th January 2017 The European Union (EU) has given Zambia about $69-million to expand electricity supply in the continent's second biggest copper producer, which faces a power deficit that has hit mining and agriculture. In a statement, the EU said the grant would fund projects to provide access to reliable and... 

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Tesla expects SA offering to become increasingly attractive as tariffs rise

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Eskom ordered to halt power cuts to towns 

By: Reuters     19th January 2017 South African power utility Eskom has been instructed to allow municipalities until January 31 to settle arrears before switching off lights, a Cabinet Minister said on Wednesday. Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said halting electricity supply to towns, who collectively owed more than... 

Eskom ordered to halt power cuts to towns
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Construction under way at 7.5 MW Burundi solar park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Solar and social development enterprise Gigawatt Global on Wednesday broke ground on a 7.5 MW solar field that will boost Burundi’s electricity generation capacity. The $14-million project is being built in the Mubuga district, in one of the world's least-developed nations and is expected to be... 

Construction under way at 7.5 MW Burundi solar park

Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head 

     19th January 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the impasse between Eskom and renewables IPPs on the signing of power purchase agreements. 

Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head
Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head

Eskom continues with supply interruptions in North West

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Eskom on Thursday said that unless defaulting municipalities meet its requirements of cash payments as negotiated, a written undertaking in the form of a council resolution that current accounts will be honoured going forward, and a payment plan for the arrears, it will continue to interrupt bulk... 

Cosatu calls for probe against defaulting North West municipalities

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in North West on Wednesday called on the provincial government to investigate the municipalities who have failed to pay their Eskom electricity bills. Eskom interrupted its bulk electricity supply to the North West municipalities of Naledi,... 

Committee calls for permanent solution to municipal electricity debt problem 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 The Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Wednesday said it was concerned about Eskom’s plans to cut electricity to certain municipalities that were defaulting on payments and that it would hold a meeting with all the affected parties to find a lasting solution to... 

Sapvia welcomes Ramaphosa’s support of REIPPPP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2017 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) on Wednesday welcomed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recognition of the success of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Ramaphosa was addressing delegates at the World Economic... 

Kenya's Lake Turkana wind power scheme readying for production by end June

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Africa's biggest wind power scheme, the Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Kenya, should be fully connected to the national electricity grid and producing power by the end of June, a director at the consortium building the project said on Wednesday. The scheme had faced a series of setbacks,... 

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2017 A legal opinion secured by the South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) relating to the refusal by Eskom to conclude contracts with 37 independent power producers (IPPs) selected as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy (DoE) more than a year ago states that the IPPs “would be... 

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs

Eskom cuts power to some defaulting municipalities in North West, Northern Cape

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 As part of its debt collection efforts, State-owned Eskom on Wednesday started interruptions of bulk electricity supply to some defaulting municipalities in North West and the Northern Cape. The municipalities of Naledi, Lekwa-Teemane and Kgetlengrivier, in North West, as well as the Ubuntu and... 

Eskom cuts power to some defaulting municipalities in North West, Northern Cape

Outa questions timing of publication of energy efficiency strategy, requests extension for comments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called for an extension for public comments on the New Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES), which was gazetted on December 23. The organisation believes the timing of the gazette’s release and the rationality of publishing an energy strategy... 

Outa questions timing of publication of energy efficiency strategy, requests extension for comments

Gaia acquires 25% interest in Dorper wind farm

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2017 Infrastructure investment holding company Gaia Infrastructure Capital has transitioned its JSE-listing from special purpose acquisitions to the investment services sector after a R501-million acquisition of a 25.2% economic interest in Dorper wind farm. The acquisition became unconditional in... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures

Eskom reports progress in municipal debt recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has suspended its planned interruption of bulk electricity supply to 21 municipalities that have made payments or had signed payment plans for outstanding debt. The parastatal on Tuesday said encouraging progress was being made in recovering some of the billions of... 

Eskom reports progress in municipal debt recovery

Tanzania seeks $200m World Bank loan to clear arrears of State utility

By: Reuters     16th January 2017 Tanzania is seeking a loan of $200-million from the World Bank for debt-ridden state power supplier Tanesco, the country's energy ministry said on Monday, two weeks after the president refused to allow the utility to hike prices to cover costs. President John Magufuli wants cheap electricity to... 

Loeriesfontein, Khobab wind farms edge closer to completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Around 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, near Calvinia, in the Northern Cape, between January 12 and September. The components are being transported from the Port of Ngqura, outside of Port Elizabeth, in the... 

Loeriesfontein, Khobab wind farms edge closer to completion

Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to receive $44.5-million in funding. These projects include a 4.6 MW hybrid microgrid project in the... 

Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

IPPs want solution for all 26 outstanding renewables projects, not only some 

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) indicated on Friday that, while it welcomed indications that Eskom was willing to reopen lines of communication on 26 outstanding renewables projects, it could only entertain a solution that remained faithful to the procurement process already... 

IPPs want solution for all 26 outstanding renewables projects, not only some
Brenda Martin

Eskom takes issue with negative reporting on nuclear expansion plans

By: African News Agency      13th January 2017 Eskom on Friday said the public discourse on its nuclear procurement plans was biased, lacked intellectual depth and failed to grasp the technical complexities or the social benefits of the programme. Responding to an article in Business Day, Eskom’s head of corporate affairs, Chose Choeu,... 

F4SD wants municipal officials fired for not paying Eskom 

By: African News Agency      13th January 2017 Municipalities must fire officials responsible for failing to honour arrangements to pay their debts to Eskom, the Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) said on Friday. “We are concerned that all residents,including those who pay for their electricity will be affected when Eskom starts to cut... 

F4SD wants municipal officials fired for not paying Eskom

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, will interrupt poultry producer Astral’s feed and poultry operations in Standerton with “catastrophic” results, the company has warned. Astral has received notification that Eskom plans to start interruptions of its bulk... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss 

By: Terence Creamer     12th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has slammed as a “blatant distortion of facts” Eskom’s claim that the country suffered a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 as a result of the State-owned utility’s purchases of power from the country’s renewable-energy plants. It has also... 

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss

Trial mining starts at Edenville’s Rukwa coal project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2017 Trial mining has started at Edenville Energy’s 120 MW Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania. The project hosts 171-million tons of measured and indicated coal, sufficient to support a power station over a 30-year project life. 

Gordhan to act against municipalities which owe Eskom money 

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said National Treasury will act against municipalities which have failed to settle their debt to Eskom, Fin24’s sister publication Netwerk24 reported. In a letter to Democratic Alliance MP for the Free State David Ross, Gordhan raised his concern over Eskom’s... 

Gordhan to act against municipalities which owe Eskom money

CSIR responds to Eskom claim of R9bn renewables-related economic loss in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has responded to Eskom’s claim that buying power from the country’s renewable-energy plants resulted in a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 – a trend that could persist for the next five years, owing to the country’s surplus supply... 

CSIR responds to Eskom claim of R9bn renewables-related economic loss in 2016

Eskom expects net economic loss to South Africa from renewables for next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 Amid growing frustration around the pending amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan and the impact this will have on future renewable-energy projects in South Africa, State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday revealed that the economy has suffered a R9-billion net loss for 2016, owing to a... 

Eskom expects net economic loss to South Africa from renewables for next five years

Bouygues clinches €1.7bn Hinkley Point C construction contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 French firm EDF has contracted Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, in a consortium with British company Laing O’Rourke, to construct the buildings that will house the two European Pressurised Reactor (ERP) nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England.... 

Nersa gets new boss

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 Christopher Forlee will take over the helm as chief executive officer of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Nersa announced on Monday that Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson made the appointment for a period of five years, effective from 1 January 2017. He will also be... 

Nersa gets new boss
Nersa CEO Christopher Forlee

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

By: News24Wire      11th January 2017 The environmentalist groups taking the Department of Energy (DoE) to court over the nuclear procurement programme claim its decision in late 2016 to make Eskom the nuclear energy procurer was unlawful. This view is contained in an answering affidavit filed by Earthlife SA and the Southern African... 

Surprise move to make Eskom nuke procurer ‘unlawful’, court told

Shumba, HMS Bergbau sign exclusive marketing agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Botswana-based energy development company Shumba Energy has signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HMS Bergbau Africa, a subsidiary of German trading house HMS Bergbau. Under the terms of the agreement, the latter will be responsible for the exclusive marketing of all export... 

Shumba, HMS Bergbau sign exclusive marketing agreement

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March

Kenya Power says technical fault causes blackout in Nairobi, other regions 

By: Reuters     9th January 2017 Kenya Power said on Monday a technical fault at one of its substations in the north of the capital has caused an electricity outage that was affecting Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Coast regions. Kenya Power said its technicians were working to restore the supply as soon as possible. 

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