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Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 A leading economist has warned the wind energy industry that it will need to become even more competitive and lower the price of wind power in a stagnant and increasingly challenging South African energy sector.   “Our power sector is bankrupt. Whether we like it or not, this will impact the wind... 

City of Cape Town gearing up for battle to directly procure power from IPPs

By: Kim Cloete     17th November 2017 The City of Cape Town says it is prepared for a legal battle with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in a bid to directly procure power from independent power producers (IPPs). This was the culmination of two years of trying to get permission, said City of Cape Town enterprise... 

Investment in solar has overtaken coal globally, says IEA

By: Kim Cloete     16th November 2017 Breaking all-time records, renewables currently account for two thirds of global net capacity additions, according to one of several reports about how renewable energy is powering ahead. The trend is set to continue. “All renewables will grow at double the velocity of fossil fuels within the next... 

Global wind power continues to propel forward in 2017

By: Kim Cloete     16th November 2017 China is surging ahead in wind power, blowing away the US – the world’s second-largest wind power market – by a long margin, while African countries are making more inroads despite facing challenges, delegates attending the yearly Windaba conference and exhibition, in Cape Town, have heard.... 

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is confident that the tide will turn and that Eskom will soon, and finally, sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) that have delayed the renewable energy industry for the past two years. SAWEA chairperson Mark Pickering outlined the... 

Study urges Eskom to accelerate station decommissioning, curtail Kusile to shore up solvency

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2017 A new study argues that cash-strapped Eskom could make immediate costs savings of up to R17-billion and boost its liquidity, without undermining security of supply, by accelerating the decommissioning of three of its older coal-fired power stations and by halting construction of units 5 and 6 at... 

Target 2018's biggest events in your marketing plans

14th November 2017 Creamer Media is a media partner for most of the important conferences and exhibitions on the 2018 events calendar. "Advertisers are urged to consider placements in those editions if your company has plans to exhibit at, or sponsor, any of our selected events," says Martin Creamer, Publishing... 

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 The prospects for wind power within and beyond the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will be discussed at this year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, exploring opportunities outside South Africa’s borders, and consider ways of establishing cross-border... 

Study makes economic case for renewables-first energy mix in SA

By: Kim Cloete     18th November 2016 A study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed that South Africa could radically cut its energy costs if it aims for a 70% renewable-energy share by 2040. CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz provided details of the study, titled ‘Least-cost... 

Presidency dismisses reports that Ministers will intervene in IPP PPA signing delays

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2016 The Presidency on Monday disputed media reports that President Jacob Zuma has tasked Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor to persuade Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign off on new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers... 

Investment in wind energy cascades to communities

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2016 Africa’s leading wind energy event, Windaba, has wrapped up in Cape Town, with its organisers confident of the event’s role in transitioning South Africa to a cleaner energy future.  “Windaba has provided many comparable examples of global experience of achieving environmental sustainability,... 

Ramp up efforts to lower carbon emissions, warns former Greenpeace leader  

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 Former Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo has called for major changes in a bid to deal with “irreversible, runaway and catastrophic” climate change. He told delegates at the annual Windaba, in Cape Town, that even the approach of the environmental movement and progressive parts of society... 

CSIR study reveals optimistic renewable-energy scenario

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 A study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed that South Africa could radically cut its energy costs if it aims for a 70% renewable-energy share by 2040. CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz provided details of the study, titled ‘Least-cost... 

Global wind energy industry is soaring, hears Windaba

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 China is still leading the charge in the wind energy industry, outpacing by far the US, Germany, India and Spain. Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary-general Steve Sawyer, said the last two years in the global wind energy industry had seen substantial growth, after a flat period between... 

Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is considering legal options in a bid to get Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for round four of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Sawea says 26 projects totalling... 

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 This year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, which will take place during Wind Energy Week, aims to discuss ways in which South Africa could work towards achieving 30 000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. The conference – themed Towards 100% Renewables – will be held at the Cape Town Convention... 

Windaba exhibitors showcase energy portfolio

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global providers of wind energy services to wind farm developers, owners, investors and others, UL-Dewi South Africa, which is part of US-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL), will exhibit at this year’s Windaba. Having participated in the Windaba for the past two years, the company points out... 

WindAc Africa to spark wind energy discussions

28th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) highlights that a unique opportunity is arising for the first time for academics and researchers to share knowledge on wind energy in Africa, in the form of the first academic conference – WindAc Africa –  on the subject to be held on the... 

New academic conference to be held alongside Windaba

By: Anine Kilian     6th April 2016 An academic conference WindAc Africa will, for the first time, be held alongside the South African Wind Energy Association’s (Sawea’s) yearly Windaba conference in Cape Town. “Increasingly, we received high-quality presentation submissions for Windaba that would fit in an academic conference.... 

Investors see opportunity in wind energy

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2015 Some wind energy developers are prepared to foot the bill to connect their projects to the national grid to save time and limit risk. “Independent power producers and developers are more than willing to pay for the grid. We’d prefer building the grid because we can control the risk and do it in... 

Installed wind energy capacity continues to show good growth 

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2015 Global installed wind capacity shot up by 44.2% in 2014 and is expected to continue showing good growth for this year. Global Wind Energy Council CEO Steve Sawyer told delegates attending the WINDaba conference, in Cape Town, that the wind energy industry had grown fourfold since 2007, with... 

DoE satisfied with boost in S Africa’s wind energy 

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2015 Wind energy is growing rapidly in South Africa and has helped to boost electricity generation during peak hours, the Department of Energy (DoE) has said. “I am proud to report that, of wind energy’s overall contribution to electricity generation, 15% of this has come during peak hours over the... 

Danish minister confirmed for Windaba as industry rides high on wave of SAIREC success

9th October 2015 As the renewables industry rides the waves of SAIREC's recent success in Cape Town, those focussing specifically on the wind industry have even more reason to attend Windaba given Government's most recent statement that the future of Africa is in 'the hands of energy'. The Danish Minister for... 

Acciona join list of prominent sponsors at Windaba 2015 as more speakers also confirm attendance

28th September 2015 Space is selling out fast in the exhibition hall as the number of high profile sponsors signing up for Windaba 2015 continues to grow, with Acciona the latest international organisation to sign up. Alberto Ansorena, Country Manager, South Africa at ACCIONA Windpower comments: "We are delighted to... 

All of SA’s turbine manufacturers are going for Gold at Windaba 2015

20th July 2015 Goldwind has signed as a gold sponsor for Windaba the wind industry’s leading conference – meaning that now most of the turbine manufacturers operating in South Africa have gone for gold. Enercon, Nordex, Vestas and Siemens have also taken up the premium sponsorship option. Windaba also welcomes... 

Construction Kick-off for Longyuan Mulilo De Aar Wind Projects

19th March 2015 A significant achievement was reached on February 24th, 2015, when Financial Close was concluded with Nedbank and the Industrial Development Corporation, for the financed portion of the funding required for the Longyuan Mulilo De Aar Wind Energy Facilities with a total installed capacity of 244.5MW. 

Turbine for low wind speed areas launched

28th November 2014 To help with meeting the need to increase the number of wind farms in South Africa, including in areas with moderate to low wind speeds, global engineering company Siemens in November launched its new wind turbine at wind energy exhibition event Windaba, held in Cape Town. “With the Model... 

New higher-yield Siemens wind turbine to be available early 2017

By: Leandi Kolver     5th November 2014 Electronics and electrical engineering company Siemens launched its new model SWT-3.3-130 wind turbine at the 2014 WINDaba, held in Cape Town this week, stating that the first of these units would be available in early 2017. This wind power unit, of which the rotor would measure 130 m in... 

Nordex launches light-wind turbine in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2014 German wind power company Nordex has launched an innovative turbine in South Africa, which it says is capable of achieving up to 28.6% more yield in light-wind locations. The new N131/3000 turbine was launched during this week’s WINDaba in Cape Town, which had brought together local and... 

South Africa’s energy system on knife-edge – NPC commissioner  

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom is in very real danger of a ratings downgrade, with the energy system on knife-edge at the moment, warns Professor Anton Eberhard, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). South Africa has been plunged into an energy crisis, which Eberhard says is the... 

Wind energy a pillar of Danish investment in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 Danish companies are keen to set up a green hub on renewable energy in South Africa, with an eye on developing markets in Southern Africa, Danish Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation Morgens Jensen has told Engineering News Online. He said he saw tremendous opportunity in South Africa,... 

Siemens direct drive wind turbine for high energy yields at low wind sites launched at Windaba

4th November 2014 • Siemens' new Model SWT-3.3-130 wind turbine • New generation of proven direct-drive D3 product platform • Generator, rotor hub, nacelle, yaw drive and cooling system reworked A growing number of onshore wind farms throughout the world are being sited in regions with moderate to low wind speeds.... 

Wind energy to benefit communities in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 Wind energy in South Africa is set to contribute more than R7-billion to communities and socioeconomic development over the next 20 years. “Utility-scale wind energy is already boosting economic development in South Africa,” South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) chairperson Dipolelo... 

Delay in SA’s renewable energy programme creates uncertainty  

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2014 The government has warned that the extended deadline of November 24 for the financial close of the third-bid-window projects in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may be missed. “It’s going to be tight. There’s a slim chance which will determine whether the... 

Power2the People: workshop to focus on socio-economic development alongside wind conference

31st October 2014 A one-day workshop running alongside wind energy conference Windaba will provide a forum for idea sharing and best practice development to ensure the ZAR5 Billion to be generated for communities from wind farms is invested collaboratively and effectively. The title of the event, which will be... 

High-powered panel to discuss critical issues in SA electricity sector at Windaba

22nd October 2014 The electricity sector in South Africa has been the subject of intense debate in recent weeks, with the Eskom new-build projected to start delivering much needed power in 2015. Questions around where the country will find the electricity to support the ambitions in the National Development Plan... 

Energy Minister and Head of Treasury’s PPP unit both confirmed to attend WINDaba

29th September 2014 Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Energy Minister and WINDaba patron and Karen Breytenbach, leader of the government’s Public Private Partnership Unit and figurehead of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme have both confirmed their attendance as speakers at Windaba 2014.... 

A Change of Seasons in the South African Energy Sector

17th September 2014 In the world of energy in South Africa, it has very much been the winter of our discontent. Structural challenges laid increasingly bare in years past have grown to fault lines. Inertia is no longer an option: with the country’s sovereign credit rating hovering precariously above junk status, we... 

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