Perspectives on the grand energy transition

This is the ninth consecutive year of the World Energy Council’s (the council’s) annual survey of key challenges and opportunities faced by energy leaders in managing a robust energy transition. This year’s report provides nine global maps, six regional maps and 38 national maps illustrating issues impacting the energy landscape in the different geographical contexts. […]

Five-nation event focuses on energy for the future

At a time when the international energy sector is discussing new low-cost, generation technologies based on clean, sustainable sources of primary energy, some BRICS member countries are negotiating loans to build old-fashioned, dirty, coal-fired power stations. Using the theme “Energy Transition 4.0”, the 2018 BRICS Business Council’s Energy Event 2018, which was held at the […]

Integrated Resource Plan vital for clarity in the energy sector

The Department of Energy’s long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is due for release soon, will help Eskom and other stakeholders in the power industry clarity and direction. Opening this year’s Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa 2018 power sector event at the Sandton Convention Centre, Eskom’s chairman, Jabu Mabuza, said that South Africa is making strides […]

Where are we on the road to clean energy?

Tracking energy transition indicators of both outcomes (e.g. CO2 emissions) and underlying drivers (e.g. clean energy investment) is important for developing a clear understanding of how far we’ve come, while additionally propelling further ambition and action. As the adage goes, “that which is measured, improves”. All around the world, sustainable energy transitions are underway. But […]

Importance of R&D and specifically energy R&D

Undoubtedly, the world faces serious challenges in recent times concerning future energy sustainability and security. In order to transform the “dangerous” path of the energy and environmental conditions thus far, it is widely accepted that the most crucial role is to be played by accumulation of knowledge that can be converted into technological progress and […]

An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future

.  An important new research report by Gregory Ireland and Jesse Burton, of the Energy Research Centre (ERC), University of Cape Town, was published on 30 May 2018. The report assesses the cost, emissions and supply security implications of South Africa’s coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme which was launched in 2014 in line with […]

The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA

A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, at the workshop on Air Quality, Emissions and the Low Carbon Economy hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) in Johannesburg on 30 May 2018. On 16 May 2018, I made a keynote presentation at the annual conference of the National […]