Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner

  When it comes to the heated energy debate in South Africa, “blessed are the peacemakers” is surely a principle to be encouraged. We need as many cool heads as we can get. So when Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North-West University writes that he “object(s) strongly” to article titles which make reference to “war” and […]

Eskom has over-recovered R7,6-billion in renewables-related costs since 2014

  Acknowledgement: This article was published here by Engineering News, and is republished with permission. Mike Levington, SAPVIA member and MD of energy resources company Navitas Holdings, reveals that because R38,5-billion of renewable energy purchases is already factored into the average Eskom sales tariff, Eskom has over-recovered some R7,6-billion through IPP tariffs since 2013/14. The […]

The danger of preconceptions and misconceptions

  A recent visit to Moscow as part of as media delegation caused me to change my mind about the city and reminded me how easily we allow preconceived ideas to become entrenched in our thinking. Based on impressions drawn from numerous spy novels that abounded in the cold war era, I envisioned Moscow to […]

Starting the journey towards energy-efficiency

  According to the International Energy Agency, many companies are using up to 100% more energy than they would if they were best practice, energy efficient businesses. After the power crisis of 2007 and 2008, and the steep rises in electricity tariffs that followed, South African industrial groups moved quickly to reduce their energy consumption. […]

Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

  It’s unfortunate that titles such as “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” and “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” are used in articles about the energy sector. I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry proponents argue that renewable energy […]

Earthing and lightning protection association launched

  The Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) was launched on 19 June 2017 to regulate the lightning protection industry, establish a uniform interpretation of the codes of practice, and to protect the rights of the end-user. In his keynote address at the launch on the Wits University Johannesburg campus, Prof. Ian Jandrell, dean of […]

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