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OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     Updated 2 hours 7 minutes ago In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court

By: African News Agency      Updated 4 hours ago The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

Wärtsilä supplies 15 MW solar plant in Burkina Faso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has entered into an agreement with independent power producer Eren Renewable Energy’s 90%-owned Essakane Solar, in Burkina Faso, to supply it with a 15 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The remaining 10% is owned by Eren’s development partner African Energy... 

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... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

Automation products on display at event

     17th March 2017 Industrial product supplier Magnet’s stand at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference and exhibition, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29, will highlight the company’s Carlo Gavazzi automation products portfolio.  

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Olkaria V geothermal power plant project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Olkaria V geothermal power plant will expand existing power plant facilities in the Olkaria geothermal field. 

Zambia agreement seen paving way for further solar power solutions

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The government of Zambia last month signed a second mandate with Scaling Solar, an initiative of the World Bank Group, which is helping developing countries procure low-cost, privately financed, solar power.  

Dubai’s CSP price cap seen driving technology’s competitiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2017 A leading developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Africa and the Middle East believes the price cap proposed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for an upcoming CSP project could add significant impetus to improving the technology’s cost competitiveness, which may... 

Economic development a competitive advantage for renewables bidders – juwi

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Since renewable-energy feed-in tariffs have decreased over the last few years – 35% and 78% for wind and solar respectively since 2008 – project owners are paying more attention to the competitive advantage they gain by focusing on economic development (ED) targets, such as increasing the number... 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     9th March 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Turnbull concerned by impending Australia gas supply cliff

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th March 2017 Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday said warnings of potential shortfalls in gas were “very concerning”, and called on the CEOs of east coast gas companies to address the threat to customers. Turnbull’s comments come after the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released a... 

SolarReserve completes Netcare rooftop solar roll-out

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Energy developer SolarReserve has completed the roll out of commercial-sized solar photovoltaic rooftop installations at 15 of healthcare company Netcare’s facilities. Installations have been completed at the Netcare 911 head office, in Midrand, and 14 Medicross family medical and dental centres... 

West African gold mine signs solar power agreement

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2017 West African gold mine Iamgold Essakane has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with renewable-energy providers in a move that will cut its diesel use and lower its carbon footprint.  EREN Renewable Energy and its partner African Energy Management Platform (AEMP) on Monday announced that... 

Investor in UK solar assets plans secondary listing on JSE from April

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2017 A London Stock Exchange-listed investor in UK ground-based solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, Foresight Solar Fund, has announced its intention to pursue a secondary listing on the JSE through a private placement with institutional South African investors. The listing is expected to raise... 

Adams and Pulida solar photovoltaic power plants project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The power plants were brought into operation in February 2017. 

German-backed initiative to help increase use of solar energy in industrial processes

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) announced last month that they had teamed up for the international Solar Payback project, which aims to increase the use of solar thermal energy in industrial... 

Renewable energy storage solutions ‘go green’ with RTS Africa Engineering and Nel Hydrogen

     2nd March 2017 Hydrogen is emerging as one of the most viable and effective storage solutions for renewable energy in many key industries, including the transportation and power sectors. Since 1996, the Tshwane-based specialised engineering company, RTS Africa Engineering, has had the sole agency to represent... 

Lack of reskilling of coal miners, truckers a concern – Greenpeace

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2017 In light of industrial action by truck drivers in the coal transportation sector on Wednesday morning, in protest at Eskom's expected signing of power purchase agreements with more independent power producers, which they believe threaten their jobs, Greenpeace Africa campaigner Nhlanhla Sibisi... 

MCA urges states to do more to attract mining investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st March 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has urged state and territory governments to “raise their game” to attract mining investment, pointing to the latest data from the Canada-based Fraser Institute that shows Australian states are slipping in terms of investment attractiveness and policy... 

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirming its willingness to consider an application from the State-owned utility... 

India's coal oversupply to persist, despite recent drawdown in power plant stocks

By: Ajoy K Das     28th February 2017 Thermal power plants across India have achieved significant drawdown on existing coal stocks this month, but this is not expected to be a sustained emerging trend. According to government data, total coal stocks carried by all thermal power plants in the country were pegged at 24-million tonnes... 

Opinion: Eskom supports renewables, but flags cost-recovery uncertainty as a worry

     27th February 2017 Eskom has noted with concern various misleading reports in the media regarding the signing and execution of budget quotations and power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) participating in the Department of Energy’s procurement programmes. In 2012, Eskom established the... 

New Affordable Interface Flooring Range Now Available Locally From KBAC

     27th February 2017 KBAC Flooring, sole South African distributor of the world’s leading modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has locally launched the new Interface Employ Loop and Lines ranges which have been hailed overseas for their unlimited creative design options in commercial installations.  Lesley... 

Zuwa Solar to develop a 80 -120 MW Solar PV farm on the Bwana Mkubwa tailings dams

     24th February 2017 Zuwa Solar Limited, a Zambian registered solar PV Development company proposes to construct an 80 – 120 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on approximately 150 ha of land on the surface of old copper ore tailings dams that are derived from copper mines operated by First Quantum Mining and... 

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

Continued support for renewables IPPs an economic boost – Sarec 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the confirmation by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that the continuation of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme was imperative, given the need to boost investment in the short term. In a statement following... 

Nuclear deal – The calm before the storm? 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 National Treasury’s 2017 Budget Review and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s speech kept a wide berth from mentioning nuclear energy, following President Jacob Zuma’s cue in his 2017 State of the Nation Address.As anti-nuclear energy protesters chanted "no, no nuclear power" outside Parliament on... 

IPP programme identified as imperative for boosting investment

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom’s delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) whose bids were approved by the Department of Energy could result in manufacturers going out of business, National Treasury warned in its 2017 Budget Review. “Lack of clarity on Eskom’s... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

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... 

Bacanora buys 50% stake in German lithium project

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora will acquire a 50% stake in the Zinnwald lithium project, in Germany, from European solar panel producer SolarWorld for €5-million, plus an undertaking to invest a further €5-million on a feasibility study (FS). The FS is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. 

Germany shares its renewable-energy lessons

By: Kim Cloete     21st February 2017 Germany is on an all-out campaign to decarbonise its energy system, with plans to slice carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80% to 90% by 2050. It has identified hydrogen as an essential part of decarbonising its energy system. 

EOH, Steag join forces to boost energy services in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH Industrial Technologies on Tuesday entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with German energy group Steag Energy Services broaden EOH’s services offering in South Africa. The JV will cover all aspects of power project developments, from inception... 

New panel established to guide Gauteng on infrastructure projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2017 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) has established an economic advisory panel to advise it on the roll-out of social and economic infrastructure projects planned for the next two years. GPG aims to leverage the various infrastructure projects planned for the next two years to promote the... 

African Utility Week Industry Awards include new gas, small scale and ICT categories to reflect evolution of energy and water sectors

     20th February 2017 Nominations are open for top industry professionals and projects   “I know the energy revolution is powering up and ready to take off. We should embrace energy trade with each other”.  With these words Mr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the... 

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