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China speeding up wind energy development

16th March 2004 The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) will be hosting its third World Wind Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Exhibition, including Wind Power Asia 2004, in Beijing, China, later this year. 

Africa calls for renewable energy

2nd March 2004 Civil society organisations from 11 African countries made a joint call for renewable energy use in the continent, Earthlife Africa said yesterday. 

Universal electricity access by 2010

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th February 2004 Universal access (UA), in regard to the national electrification programme, is what the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) is aiming to achieve by the year 2010, says chief director of electricity Ompi Aphane. 

The burning question of biofuels

By: Karel Smrcka     13th February 2004 “We have started to make good use of the one big energy source this planet has, that’ s the huge yellow thing in the sky,” says Hugh Loxton, technical director with Bical, a company developing uses for miscanphus, a grass originally from Asia, and now a vital biofuel. 

Electricity access within SADC is made easier

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th February 2004 With the electrification industry in South Africa experiencing a significant transformation it is important to keep abreast of developments in the market. 

Solar pilot under way in Angola

6th February 2004 A $250 000 pilot project demonstrating how solar energy can play a role in the reconstruction of rural communities has been launched in Angola. 

UK aims for 20% green power by 2020

23rd January 2004 The UK is reportedly now hoping to raise the percentage of its electricity supply to be provided by renewable energy to 20% by the year 2020 and which will double its earlier target of 10% by 2010. 

Wind-energy showcase proposed

By: Jill Stanford     22nd January 2004 A visitor centre, showcasing the benefits of wind and other renewable sources, is being proposed for the Darling wind farm, which is taking shape on the farm Windhoek, about 70 km north of Cape Town. 

Wind-farm stirs interest in wind energy technologies

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st January 2004 Research and public interest in wind energy technologies have been awakened in South Africa since the inception of Eskom’s Klipheuwel wind-farm, in February 2003, said Ian Smit from Eskom Enterprises’ TSI Division. 

Global renewable-energy-axis call

By: Zonika Botha     5th December 2003 World Council for Renewable Energy chairperson Dr Hermann Scheer has called for like-minded countries to form an alliance to expedite the further development of renewable energy around the world. 

Cape Town set for green-energy revolution

By: Jill Stanford     5th December 2003 THE City of Cape Town is to become the first city in South Africa to offer green electricity to its customers with its decision to purchase electricity from the Darling wind farm from next year, said Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Wind Energy Conference held... 

SA failing to exploit its clean-power potential

By: Jill Stanford     5th December 2003 LESS than 1% of the 200 000 GWh of electricity generated each year in South Africa originates from renewable energy sources, yet the renewable energy resource in South Africa is significant and renewable energy independent power generation presents a promising business opportunity. 

Call made for renewable-energy support

28th November 2003 The second World Wind Energy conference came to an end in Cape Town on Wednesday, with a call to the world community to create a level playing field and fair conditions for renewable energies. 

Cape Town set to buy wind-farm power

By: Jill Stanford     26th November 2003 The City of Cape Town is to become the first city in South Africa to offer green electricity to its customers with its decision to purchase electricity from the Darling wind farm from next year said Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Wind Energy Conference in Cape... 

World wind conference under way in Cape Town

25th November 2003 Around 300 delegates from 34 countries are currently attending the second World Wind Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Exhibition, at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, which started on Sunday and will end tomorrow. 

'Urgent need to focus on renewable energy'

By: laurian clemence     21st November 2003 The chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy Dr Hermann Scheer made an impassioned plea yesterday for renewed vigour in the global pursuit for renewable-energy solution, warning that unless urgent steps were taken in this direction the world would run short of energy resources before... 

South Africa

21st November 2003 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, email whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

New framework adopted by African utility regulators

17th November 2003 The African Forum for Utility Regulation (Afur) announced at the weekend that it has adopted a framework for utility regulation in Africa, at its first annual general assembly meeting, held in Yaounde, Cameroon. 

South Africa

14th November 2003 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, email whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Promoters of energy efficiency to be recognised

13th November 2003 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and State-owned power utility Eskom will tomorrow host the eta Awards at a ceremony to be held in Midrand. 

November declared Energy Month in Cape Town

10th November 2003 The City of Cape Town has designated November as Energy Month by officially releasing its first state of energy report and the process to develop an integrated development energy strategy for the city. 

South Africa

7th November 2003 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, email whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Powered by the sun

7th November 2003 The owners of Energy Efficient Options, a small family business with 16 years experience in photovoltaics, have been living solely on solar power for more than nine years. 

Eskom targets R3,1bn BEE spend by Dec

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st October 2003 Power utility Eskom Holdings’ generation division has so far this year procured goods and services worth R2,4-billion from empowerment companies?but expects the figure to increase to R3,1-billion, which is about 50% of the projected procurement spend for 2003. 

Black firms want to produce 30% of SA’s power by 2010

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st October 2003 The African Minerals and Energy Forum (AMEF) has cobbled a draft transformation charter for the electricity supply industry (ESI) which, if adopted, will result in empowerment companies generating 30% of South Africa’s electricity by 2010 and eventually owning at least 51% of the planned... 

South Africa

24th October 2003 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, email whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Mlambo-Ngcuka’s natural-gas prayer

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2003 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s nightly prayer goes something like this: “Thank-you God for this day, and please let us find more natural gas”. 

Gauteng agency launches business week

21st October 2003 Gauteng development agency Blue IQ launched a business week this morning, which is designed to highligh investment opportunities for the private sector in targeted high-growth industries such as the services and high value-added manufacturing. 

South Africa

17th October 2003 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, email whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Mlambo-Ngcuka to court Indian oil, gas explorers

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2003 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will market South Africa’s oil and gas opportunities to Indian energy companies during her visit to the country this week. 

Competitive power-purchase contracts proposed

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th October 2003 National Electricity Regulator (NER) CEO Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi says that new investments in electricity-generation ventures must be supported by power-purchase contracts to be awarded after a competitive bidding process. 

Gauteng gears up for industrial expo

30th September 2003 Gauteng is gearing up for what is set to be the largest gathering of industrialists of the year at the Blue IQ Smart Industry Expo to be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre, from October 22 to 24, 2003. 

Cape Town industrial show rebranded

22nd September 2003 The Cape Town Industrial Technology Show, which takes place in September next year and coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Cape Business Chamber, has a new name. 

SA to host world wind-energy conference

19th September 2003 Cape Town will play host to the World Wind Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Exhibition (WWEC) from November 23 to 26. 

Local fuel industry faces sea change

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 There have been several changes affecting the local fuel industry, such as the decision to phase out leaded petrol, the implementation of black economic empowerment and the 

Camden power station to be demothballed by 2005

By: Zonika Botha     5th September 2003 State-owned power utility Eskom is planning to resuscitate three of its mothballed power stations over the next six years. 

Gauteng expo to focus on value-added manufacture

2nd September 2003 The Blue IQ Smart Industry Expo has reportedly received support from the industries targeted for all of the nine specialist pavilions. 

Role of women in renewable-energy promoted

22nd August 2003 The Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is hosting a one day conference in Mmabatho today, which is being held under the auspices of Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) on Jewellery and Renewable Energy. 

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