Helping SA companies to be more competitive

Offerings and products of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Subcontractor and Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme have been incorporated into the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The SPX programme recently reported a positive impact on local industrial manufacturing companies. Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the TLIU, […]

Company invests in training for increased demand for renewable energy

  ABB South Africa reported a 66% increase in revenue in its year-end results to December 2013. This was mainly achieved through the increased demand for renewable energy. The company’s CEO, Leon Viljoen, is positive about prospects based on South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes a significant portion of future energy generation emanating […]

Minister bids farewell to utility’s GCE

  Malusi Gigaba, the minister of public enterprises, has noted the resignation of Eskom’s group chief executive Brian Dames whose last day of service is 31 March 2014. The minister has directed the board to expedite the recruitment process to find a suitable successor to ensure a smooth transition. Dames led Eskom when the company […]

Electricity supply situation

  The circumstances that resulted in Eskom declaring a system emergency on 20 November 2013 continue to cause the system to be severely constrained. Although the company continues to assure the public that it has sufficient generating capacity, it is well known that the utility regularly relies on its open cycle gas turbines to meet […]

Call for papers for SARPA’s annual convention

  The Southern Africa Revenue Protection Association (SARPA) extends a call for papers for its 18th Annual Convention which is to be held from 10 to 11 July 2014, in Knysna. This convention aims to share information and knowledge between role-players in the revenue protection environment for utilities. The convention will address revenue protection (RP) […]

49M congratulates eta awards winners

  Andrew Etzinger, spokesperson for 49M, said that the organisation commends the winners for their innovation and commitment to energy efficiency, and that the quality of entries indicated that South Africans were heeding the call to reduce their energy consumption. This year’s submissions ranged from an innovative smokeless stove, designed for use by those without […]

Solar PVs proliferate In Australia

  Electricity demand has fallen by 4,3% in Australia since 2009, but this cannot be blamed on the 2008 global financial crisis as Australia has actually prospered through the crisis. Moreover, according to Hugh Saddler, a consultant in Canberra, there is no reason to believe that this is a temporary phenomenon. Saddler identified four main factors, including energy […]

Restructuring of the Electricity Distribution Industry: a proposal

  The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) hosted a workshop last year to debate possible alternative approaches to the Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) performance and restructuring, following a number of criticisms by parliamentarians, large customers and the media, of the industry tariffs (mainly municipal) and performance. The workshop was attended by several members of […]

City introduces landfill gas to electricity projects

The City of Johannesburg has implemented two landfill gas-to-energy projects. At the Robinson Deep landfill site and the Marie Louise project, landfill gas is extracted, combusted and flared as carbon dioxide, to generate electricity. Soon, a total of 19 MW of electricity will be generated from five landfill sites, which could be used by about […]

Copper helps to power the winds of change

  Copper helps to power the winds of change The rapid growth of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, tidal, hydro, biomass, and geothermal in recent years has been as a response to the increasing costs of fossil fuels as well as their negative environmental impacts. In 2012, the global wind power market grew […]