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Electricity News

Eskom outlines case for R67bn clawback amid tariff-hike hostility

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2018 State-owned electricity group Eskom has expressed confidence that its three applications to recoup nearly R67-billion through the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism will succeed, stressing that its submissions are fully aligned to the most recent RCA decision made in 2016 for the 2013/14... 

Nersa reappoints part-time regulator members

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has reappointed Jacob Modise, Maleho Nkomo and Fungai Sibanda as part-time regulator members of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Modise was reappointed as Nersa chairperson and Nkomo as deputy chairperson. 

Eskom considers sale of mortgage business

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 South Africa's state power utility Eskom is sounding out possible buyers for its mortgage business, a tender document showed on Wednesday, in what would be the first major privatisation deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa has made revamping state-owned firms like Eskom a top priority... 

Redstone project to deliver clean electricity to over 200 000 homes

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 The 100 MW Redstone solar thermal project, in the Northern Cape, which has 12 hours of energy storage capacity, will be able to reliably deliver a stable supply of clean electricity to the equivalent of more than 200 000 South African homes each year. The project, which is adjacent to the 75 MW... 

Agreement cements venture to deliver 1 800 MW of wind energy in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 Diversified family owned German renewable energy development and operations company Enertrag has concluded an agreement with South African renewable energy company Genesis Eco-Energy Developments (GEED) for the development of up to 1 800 MW of wind energy capacity in South Africa. This is one of... 

Agreement cements venture to deliver 1 800 MW of wind energy in South Africa
Diversified family owned German renewable energy development and operations company Enertrag has concluded an agreement with South African renewable energy company Genesis Eco-Energy Developments (GEED) for the development of up to 1 800 MW of wind energy capacity in South Africa

Digitisation playing increasingly important role in grid transformation

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 Increasing penetration of renewable energy has had a major impact on power grids all over the world, necessitating the need for digital technologies to handle factors such as variability, ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said at the ABB Customer World Africa Conference 2018 on... 

Eskom completes air quality control tests at Unit 1 Kusile power plant in Mpumalanga

By: African News Agency      11th April 2018 World-renowned power generation firm, GE Power, announced on Tuesday that it has successfully completed tests for performance of Unit 1 of the Wet Flue Gas Desulphurisation Plant (WFGD) at Eskom’s Kusile newly built plant in Mpumalanga, the first air quality control system of its kind in Africa.... 

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy has made significant progress with exploiting the commercial opportunity of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) technology within the energy storage market in the first quarter of this year.  

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Kibo to raise cash for expedited Botswana coal-to-power study

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2018 Aim-listed energy and resource company Kibo Mining said on Tuesday that it would raise capital to expedite its feasibility study for its coal-to-power project in Botswana and also announced changes to its board and management. Kibo said that it had received commitments to raise £1.5-million by... 

Manufacturing and construction to benefit from renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2018 South Africa’s manufacturing and construction industries stand to benefit from renewed momentum of the renewable energy programme, following the recent conclusion of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 projects procured under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon
Photo by Dylan Slater
Department of Energy director-general Thabane Zulu

Environmental Affairs Committee welcomes signing of IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Monday welcomed the signing, last week, of 27 contracts by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe with independent power producers (IPPs). This, the committee averred, indicates South Africa’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions... 

Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday welcomed government’s commitment to clean energy, following the signing of 27 power purchase agreements with renewable-energy producers, reigniting the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The projects,... 

eltherm awarded electrical heat tracing contract for Ilanga solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Private engineering and technology company Sener – and its procurement partners Emvelo and Cobra – has awarded global heat tracing specialist eltherm South Africa a contract for the design and installation of an electrical heat tracing (EHT) system at the 100 MW Ilanga solar thermal power plant... 

IPP signing ‘a symbol of hope for South African business’ – Sola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Solar energy company Sola has commended Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s signing of 27 outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs).  

IPP signing ‘a symbol of hope for South African business’ – Sola
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Ramaphosa refers Eskom allegations to Special Investigating Unit

By: News24Wire      6th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa referred allegations of mismanagement and graft at state power utility Eskom and rail and ports group Transnet to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). The SIU, which probes corruption and maladministration in the government, must include “any alleged serious... 

 Ramaphosa refers Eskom allegations to Special Investigating Unit
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Three-nation talks on Ethiopia dam fail to reach agreement

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Talks in Khartoum between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over a dam Ethiopia is building ended early on Friday without agreement, the Sudanese foreign minister said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion... 

ATProM to provide solutions for Eskom around ageing energy infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 A new research group Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM) is working on a study – based on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and State-owned power utility Eskom – to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world... 

Kibo, Tanesco to meet next week on PPA for MCPP

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) will convene a work session for the power purchase agreement (PPA) task team for Kibo Mining’s Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) on April 10. Representatives from Kibo and Tanesco will attend the session, which is aimed at finalising work on the... 

Bushveld’s Lemur progressing Madagascar coal and power project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Bushveld Minerals on Thursday provided an operational update regarding its coal and energy subsidiary Lemur Holdings, stating that the bankable feasibility study for the integrated thermal coal mining and independent power project, in Madagascar, is progressing.  

Bushveld’s Lemur progressing Madagascar coal and power project
Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati

WWF welcomes energy minister signing renewable energy contracts

By: African News Agency      5th April 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Thursday applauded South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's signing off of a R56-billion contract with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Radebe on Wednesday signed the hotly-contested renewable energy agreements with 27 independent power producers on... 

WWF welcomes energy minister signing renewable energy contracts
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Botswana's power utility lifts tariffs by 10%

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) said on Thursday it had increased electricity tariffs by 10% as the loss-making utility tries to recover costs. BPC has made operating losses for years due to high import costs, non-performing assets and operational inefficiencies. That has made the company... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts
Some of the key assets where Redefine has already installed rooftop solar PV plants include Boulders Shopping Centre, in Midrand

Num hits out at Radebe on IPP deal, threatens to end ANC support

By: News24Wire      5th April 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) has threatened to end its support for the African National Congress (ANC) if government continues with its renewable energy programme, saying clean power will destroy jobs and create ghost towns in coal mining areas. “Workers of this country will not... 

Num hits out at Radebe on IPP deal, threatens to end ANC support

Radebe says signing of 27 IPP agreements a ‘new dawn’ for renewables in South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2018 Agreements opening the way for the construction of 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, with a combined investment value of R56-billion and a combined capacity of 2 300 MW, were finally signed on Wednesday April 4, after a confidence-sapping delay of over two years. At... 

Radebe says signing of 27 IPP agreements a ‘new dawn’ for renewables in South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Kenyan fund targets $15m green bond for water projects

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 A nonprofit organisation plans to issue a 1.5-billion shilling ($15-million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities. Robert Bunyi, chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Pooled Water Fund, said on Wednesday it aimed to launch a 15-year instrument and to have it certified as a green bond. 

Long-delayed renewables IPP agreements to be signed on Wednesday

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Tuesday that agreements for 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, which have been delayed since 2016, will be signed on Wednesday, April 4. The projects have a collective investment value of R55.92-billion. 

Long-delayed renewables IPP agreements to be signed on Wednesday
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Kibo Mining’s acquisition of 85% stake in Botswana project completed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Multi-asset Africa-focused energy and resources company Kibo Mining has completed the acquisition of an 85% interest in the Mabesekwa Coal Independent Power Project (MCIPP), in Botswana, from Sechaba Natural Resources.  

EIUG scrutinises Eskom application for recovery of costs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa on Tuesday submitted its comments to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) regarding State-owned power utility Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for 2014/15 to 2016/17 and says Nersa should allow only... 

Eskom says plants run low on coal as Gupta mines undersupply

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2018 South Africa’s state-owned power utility said it’s running low on coal at six stations as mines owned by the Gupta family failed to meet their contractual supply obligations. The Optimum and Koornfontein mines, which supply Eskom Holdings SOC plants, are owned by companies linked to the Guptas... 

Eskom says plants run low on coal as Gupta mines undersupply

Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Power management multinational Eaton has launched a microgrid that powers its factory and campus in Wadeville, Gauteng, using second-hand lithium-ion electric car batteries for its storage component. The batteries come from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles driven in Europe, and have about 4.5 years... 

Wadeville microgrid  using second-hand car  batteries for storage
AERIAL VIEW OF EATON WADEVILLE The microgrid comprises lithium-ion battery storage, the rooftop solar PV system and a stand-by generator, as well as two connections to the Eskm grid

Gas seen playing key role in Africa’s decentralised power landscape

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Africa is aiming to raise its installed power generation capacity by 250 GW by 2030. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) can serve as a baseload energy source and gas-powered generation assets can be built modularly and scaled up as use increases, says modular infrastructure, engineering services and gas... 

Court rules against Numsa on renewable energy IPP application

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2018 The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday ruled against the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and civic group Transform RSA’s urgent application to stop State-owned Eskom from signing contracts with private renewable energy projects. Numsa had asked the court to block the... 

Nersa to make earlier decision on Eskom RCA applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has moved forward public hearings into Eskom’s regulating clearing account (RCA) applications for 2014/15 to 2016/17.  

South African court dismisses bid to block $4.7bn renewable deals 

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A South African court on Thursday dismissed a bid to block $4.7-billion in renewable power contracts, an energy ministry spokeswoman said, removing an obstacle to the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. The last-minute legal challenge was lodged earlier this month by the... 

South African court dismisses bid to block $4.7bn renewable deals

US power group touts microgrids ‘as the way forward’

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 Decentralisation, through the implementation of microgrids, could be the key to improving grid resilience, US-based electricity supplier Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power Company CEO Charles Bayless told an audience in Johannesburg this week. The design of microgrids, which... 

Moody's downgrades Eskom's ratings to a negative outlook 

By: African News Agency      29th March 2018 Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday, announced a decision to downgrade to B2 from B1 the long-term corporate family rating (CFR) of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom) and the zero coupon eurobonds to B2 from B1 in line with the CFR.  "The rating action reflects the fact that, despite a number... 

Moody's downgrades Eskom's ratings to a negative outlook

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