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 […]

SAREC: Failure by DoE to solve PPA saga disappointing

  The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is deeply disappointed that the Department of Energy (DoE) and Eskom failed to provide any certainty for investors during the recent update to parliament on Eskom’s failure to sign Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). The inter-governmental task team has instead proposed further delays […]

Eskom’s revolving door, endless scandals cloud SA’s energy future

  Eskom’s revolving door and constant scandals have not only crippled the state power utility, but hampered any meaningful debate on what energy technologies could shape South Africa’s economy. On Monday night embattled Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane announced his exit, the latest in shock to hit the tumultuous state utility. While Eskom and South Africa’s […]

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