Province’s newly launched transport projects draw on geospatial data

  The Gauteng Provincial Department of Roads and Transport has partnered with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to launch three key research projects to address the province’s transport challenges. The cost of transport and extensive travel times, along with concerns over taxi violence have inspired the research projects, which were announced at […]

New realisation of the ITRS reference system

  How many millimetres has the sea level risen? How fast are the continents moving? How dependent is the impact of high and low pressure areas on the altitude of landmasses? In order to answer these questions, measurements are being made around the clock at more than 1700 globally distributed observing stations. The data are […]

Eskom secrecy to be challenged in court

  Following Eskom’s continued refusal to provide EE Publishers with generation performance information, EE Publishers has approached the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) to assist in its legal quest to obtain the required information. The information, requested through a Promotion of Access to Information Act application submitted in June 2016, includes information such as the […]

IEA report: Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016

  The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report on global energy intensity which shows that although energy intensity fell in 2015, the rate of progress needs to accelerate much more if sustainability targets are to be achieved. This is the executive summary of the report The full report is available here Global energy […]

IEA report: Boosting the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa

  Over the past 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP growth accelerated substantially. Growth averaged at 5% per year between 2008 and 2015. It slowed to 3,5% in 2015, but is expected to increase to 4% in 2016. Limited access to electricity is a significant constraint to sustained economic growth across the continent. Chinese companies are increasingly […]

CSIR Energy Centre presents its outlook for South Africa’s future electricity mix

  In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power capacity and energy mix from 2016 to 2040. The CSIR study by Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, Jarrad Wright, Joanne Calitz and Crescent Mushwana was […]

Updated: Appeal stalls RCA clawback of R42-billion by Eskom from electricity customers

  Both Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) have submitted applications for leave to appeal a 16 August 2016 judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius in the Pretoria High Court . (See editor’s note below.)  The judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius had set aside NERSA’s R11,2-billion regulatory clearing account (RCA) award for […]