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Electricity supply programme of R2.4bn for Ekurhuleni informal settlements

By: African News Agency      19th April 2017 A R2.4-billion programme for electricity in informal settlements across Ekurhuleni will be completed by the end of this financial year covering 16 000 households, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina announced. The legalities on the roll-out of the programme in privately owned informal... 

SA urged to focus on producing components for battery supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2017 South Africa can use the development and local production of various battery components in global energy storage supply chains to develop local industrial capacity, says University of the Western Cape South African Institute for Advanced Material Chemistry director Professor Vladimir Linkov.... 

City Power calls on residents not to buy electricity meters from unauthorised sellers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 With a spike in the theft of electricity meters in the residential areas of the West Rand, Johannesburg electricity utility City Power has appealed to residents to refrain from buying electricity meters from unauthorised resellers. “This is supporting the illegal trade of stolen meters and... 

Least-cost base case essential starting point for IRP process – Sawea

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th April 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has rejected the current base case scenario used for the 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Update for Electricity, calling for the scenario to be remodelled as a “least-cost energy plan” and re-issued for consultation. The public participation... 

Least-cost base case essential starting point for IRP process – Sawea

CSIR’s formal IRP submission deviates dramatically from Base Case 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) formal input into the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) public consultation process, which ended on March 31, proposes a new-build mix that deviates materially from the IRP Base Case released by the Department of Energy (DoE) in November.... 

CSIR’s formal IRP submission deviates dramatically from Base Case

US launches partnership with African electricity company

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 The US Department of State, in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) on Tuesday with a summit in Washington, DC, attended by African and US utility CEOs. The summit was opened by acting Special Envoy and... 

Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation seal long-term power supply deal

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Eskom, which has excess capacity of about 4 000 MW, on Wednesday said it has signed a three-year “firm power supply agreement” with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). The power utility said the move was is in line with its plan to increase electricity exports to neighbouring states. 

Bushveld’s Lemur, Sinohydro to build coal-fired power plant in Madagascar

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th April 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation to codevelop an initial 60 MW independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power plant and an... 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

Eskom board probes allegations of impropriety against acting chief executive

By: African News Agency      30th March 2017 Eskom's board on Thursday said it had initiated a probe into allegations that acting CE Matshela Koko’s stepdaughter’s shareholding in Impulse International – a company which won nine tenders from the power utility worth a billion rand. In a statement Eskom said its “board resolved, in its... 

Eskom considers special pricing deals for energy-intensive companies 

30th March 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom considering, once again, entering into special pricing deals with energy-intensive firms in light of the energy surplus and stagnant electricity demand. 

Eskom considers special pricing deals for energy-intensive companies
Eskom considers special pricing deals for energy-intensive companies

Universal electrification a necessity for Africa   

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2017 The African continent must ensure universal access to electricity to resolve energy poverty, Energy Security Services Africa head Gareth Gregory said on Wednesday. Addressing a global audience at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference, he noted that it was unacceptable that the vast... 

Universal electrification a necessity for Africa
Energy Security Services Africa MD Gareth Gregory talks about the need for Africa to resolve its energy poverty. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

EIB backs last-mile power connectivity in Kenya

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2017 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €60-million loan agreement with Kenya to support an ongoing project designed to connecg 300 000 Kenyan households to the national electricity grid. The loan for Kenya Power’s ‘Last Mile Connectivity’ project forms part of a “blended” €180-million... 

EIB backs last-mile power connectivity in Kenya

DA to ask public protector to investigate Eskom acting CEO’s R1bn deals to stepdaughter 

By: African News Agency      27th March 2017 The Democratic Alliance will ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to launch an investigation into Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko for allegedly awarding tenders worth R1-billion to Impulse International, a company of which his stepdaughter is a director, the party said on Sunday. “Impulse... 

DA to ask public protector to investigate Eskom acting CEO’s R1bn deals to stepdaughter
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko

Eskom, NamPower sign five-year supply deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 Eskom on Thursday signed a five-year firm electricity sales agreement with Namibia’s national electricity utility NamPower, providing energy security to the neighbouring country and facilitating economic development and growth. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko noted at the signing, held alongside... 

Soweto hearings on prepaid electricity begin

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2017 Petition hearings on Soweto prepaid electricity metering concerns get underway Wednesday morning at the St John’s Church, Jazzyville in Diepkloof extension 1, Parliament has announced. “The hearings will be held under the auspices of Parliament’s Committees on Public Enterprises and Cooperative... 

AFD, Eskom sign R6bn financing deal 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 To further support its investment in the extension and reinforcement of its power transmission grid, State-owned Eskom has signed a R6-billion multi-tranche framework agreement with the French Agency for Development (AFD). “This multi-tranche loan facility will contribute towards Eskom plans to... 

AFD, Eskom sign R6bn financing deal

Eskom connects a further 35 000 Eastern Cape households to grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 During the 11 months to February, State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 35 000 more Eastern Cape households, in rural areas, to its grid. “We have intensified our implementation programme throughout the country and we intend achieving an additional 15 000 new connections in the... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

City Power's board to be replaced

By: News24Wire      16th March 2017 The entire of board of City Power, including chair and ANC stalwart Reverend Frank Chikane, will be replaced after its term was not renewed. The announcement was made during City Power's Annual General Meeting on Thursday. 

City Power's board to be replaced
Reverand Frank Chikane

Salga NEC welcomes ‘progress’ made in resolving impasse between Eskom, municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2017 The South African Local Government Association’s (Salga’s) national executive committee (NEC) has welcomed the progress made in reaching a resolution in the matter of the nonpayment of historical debt owed by municipalities to State-owned power utility Eskom. Speaking shortly after the NEC’s... 

Off-grid solutions attractive proposition for private-sector investors

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Small-scale off-grid electricity solutions may be the best method to help reduce the electricity deficit in Africa, argued global power and automation group ABB senior VP and ABB Africa director Tobias Becker during a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, which took place in Johannesburg... 

Eskom connects 40 000 KwaZulu-Natal households to grid in under a year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 State-owned Eskom has electrified over 40 000 households in KwaZulu-Natal between April 2016 and February this year, including more than 13 000 connections in the uMkhanyakude district. “With this achievement, the historic label of KwaZulu-Natal being one of the least electrified provinces is... 

Johannesburg’s City Power MD takes leave pending investigation

By: African News Agency      24th February 2017 Sicelo Xulu, the MD of City Power, has taken leave to allow for the completion of a forensic investigation into fraud and corruption. The announcement was made on Thursday in a statement issued by City Power, the Johannesburg municipal entity that supplies Johannesburg with electricity. 

Partnership aims to catalyse digitalisation within power utilities

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate the digitalisation of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers has been agreed upon by electrification, automation and digitalisation technologies company Siemens, and architecture and engineering... 

Nersa allows Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in 2017/18

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has allowed State-owned Eskom to raise its tariffs by 2.2% for the 2017/18 year. Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise on Wednesday said the regulator had confirmed Eskom’s allowable revenues of R205-billion for the period. 

Nersa allows Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in 2017/18

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more

Outa calls for judicial enquiry into Eskom’s affairs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday called for a full judicial commission of enquiry into State-owned Eskom's affairs, following the release of a redacted version of the so-called Dentons report into corruption at the parastatal. International legal firm Dentons conducted a... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented
Photo by Duane Daws
MOMENT IN THE SUN Governments will be showcasing high priority renewable energy projects to attract private sector participation and investment

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy
LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP Members of the Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries have been involved in the South African energy sector since 2013

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects
TSIDISO DISENYANA Foreign investment is targeted at establishing Africa’s green economy, therefore renewables will become a driver of socioeconomic growth

City Power clamps down on corruption, welcomes forensic investigation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Johannesburg City Power chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane on Thursday said the company’s board welcomes any forensic investigation into multibillion-rand tenders awarded by the entity. City Mayor Herman Mashaba earlier this month said he would start such an investigation after hearing of serious... 

City Power clamps down on corruption, welcomes forensic investigation
City Power chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane

Northern Cape municipalities avoid Eskom power cuts after making payment plans

By: African News Agency      15th February 2017 Eskom has said that it would not be implementing power cuts to the Northern Cape municipalities of Ubuntu and Renosterberg that were scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Eskom had initialy announced that it would implement “scheduled bulk power supply interruptions” to defaulting municipalities... 

Microlevel electricity grids advantageous for African applications

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Although the price of electricity and cost of generation in many African countries are major challenges, they also present opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can use existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources, says energy, water,... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

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