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‘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... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

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,... 

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).  

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 The global race to develop batteries for electric cars is reaching deep into the pine forests of central Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life. Woxna, situated about 259 km north of Stockholm, was mothballed in 2001 amid a slump in prices. Now, a Canadian company... 

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

Consortium appointed as EPC contractor for Mpumalanga biomass project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 A consortium comprising engineering consultant ELB Engineering Services, environment equipment manufacturer KC Cottrell and the ELB Educational Trust, has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass project, in Mpumalanga.... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th March 2018 Boxes. Labels. Books. Biochemicals. It’s paper – a renewable, recyclable material that is an inextricable, often invisible, part of daily life. Much is done with paper, and the world would be at a loss without it. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) has been actively... 

City of Cape Town's planned hikes for water, sanitation, electricity and rates  

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The introduction of fixed charges for water and electricity and a hefty increase in water and sanitation tariffs are some of the proposals for the next year in the City of Cape Town's draft budget, tabled on Wednesday. The total proposed budget for the new financial year that starts in June is... 

Policy implementation vital to ‘vibrant’ energy sector in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 Growth in renewable energy investment in developing countries has overtaken that of developed countries, which is testament to the role renewable energy plays in the energy sector, says Energy Security Services Africa head for strategic energy and client delivery Gareth Gregory. This, he told... 

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Ingeteam reaches the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants

28th March 2018 To cap this achievement, in this same sector, the company also boasts a total of 12 GW in O&M contracts and 3 GW in plant automation. The energy generated in one year by those converters would be equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households Ingeteam. 

Living Building Challenge – A reality for South Africa?

23rd March 2018 The Living Building Challenge is possibly the most rigorous green building certification programme and sustainable design framework in the world. Developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) with the mandate of leading transformation toward a civilization that is socially just,... 

AMCU demands summit to discuss renewable energy jobs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has called for an urgent summit with labour, State-owned Eskom and government to discuss renewable energy and jobs. The trade union said in a statement on Friday that the Departments of Trade and Industry and Economic Development had to... 

Radebe to address power roundtable in April

23rd March 2018 South Africa’s power sector has again entered a period of uncertainty after a planned signing ceremony for 27 independent power producers (IPPs) failed to materialise on March 13, following a legal challenge by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. The court case, planned for March... 

Early days, but some SA firms responding to Zimbabwe’s open-for-business pledge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 Robert Mugabe may no longer be at the helm of Zimbabwe Inc, but the mess he created over his 37-year rule remains – the country’s infrastructure is, for the most part, in a sorry state, its economy is moribund and unemployment has reached ridiculously high levels, with figures as high as 90%... 

Decisive shift in energy debate

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2018 South Africans should be in no doubt that the content and tone of the conversation about electricity has shifted decisively, notwithstanding the unexpected decision by the Department of Energy to refrain, last week, from signing long-awaited agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects. Prior to... 

Municipalities seek new rules to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2018 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has called for an overhaul of the policy and regulations governing electricity supply in South Africa to facilitate a transition towards a more decentralised electricity system. Addressing a well-attended Salga Energy Summit... 

Early days, but some SA firms responding to Zimbabwe’s open-for-business pledge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 Robert Mugabe may no longer be at the helm of Zimbabwe Inc, but the mess he created over his 37-year rule remains – the country’s physical and social infrastructure is, for the most part, in a sorry state, its economy is moribund and unemployment has reached ridiculously high levels, with figures... 

Norway optimistic Ramaphosa will restore predictability to business environment

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2018 The Norwegian government is optimistic that the new South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, will promote a more stable and predictable business environment that is conducive to higher levels of trade and investment between the two countries. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister... 

Biomass: untapped potential in Africa

20th March 2018 There is significant potential for biomass power generation to supplement the energy mix and support Speaking ahead of the pan-African power sector forum POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018, international power sector experts participating in the conference noted that biomass optimisation... 

Enel starts conversion to new PV panel manufacturing technology at Italy factory

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 Multinational renewable-energy corporation Enel Green Power has started a technology conversion project at its 3SUN factory, in Catania, Italy, to enable the facility to become the exclusive manufacturer of heterojunction technology (HJT) bifacial photovoltaic (PV) panels. The HJT bifacial PV... 

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

AfDB teams up with international organisation to drive solar development in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the development of solar energy in Africa. The joint declaration recognises the bank's leadership in working with several parties, including governments, the private sector... 

Wind body dismisses as ‘false’ link between IPPs and tariffs surge

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has dismissed as a “falsehood” claims by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and Transform RSA that the 27 renewable-energy projects, which the two organisations are seeking to block through a court challenge, will raise the cost of... 

Renewables advisory firm still bullish on South African prospects despite setbacks

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 International renewable-energy advisory firm K2 Management remains convinced that, despite recent setbacks, the role of wind and solar will continue to rise in the South African electricity mix. Therefore, the company is preparing to expand its presence in the country, as well as the rest of... 

Small-scale power projects fast becoming part of new wave of electricity generation

16th March 2018 “A Tale of Two cities”. The dynamic energy landscape of South Africa When one thinks of the current state of the energy industry, the immortal words of iconic author and thespian Charles Dickens come to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It really is a tale of two cities. 

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group will exhibit at Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) on March 27 and 28 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng.  

PV monitoring solutions cater for increasing solar use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Leading Germany-based solar monitoring, smart energy and feed-in management company Solar-Log will showcase its professional solution for qualified photovoltaic (PV) system monitoring and energy management at the Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event on March 27 and 28, which will be held... 

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission report. "To avoid a state of national panic, similar to that which occurred... 

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