Posts tagged as electricity

Global shift to renewable power growing steadily, report shows

Progress in renewables remains concentrated in the power sector, while far less growth has occurred in heating, cooling and transport. The year 2018 saw a relatively stable market for renewable energy technologies. A total of 181 GW of renewable power was added, a consistent pace compared to 2017, and the number of countries integrating high […]

Flexibility from the Carolinas to South Africa

Among the biggest challenges for flexible operations is to determine how long a power plant can run at a lower level without incurring damage or increasing costs. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is helping Duke Energy and Eskom to fine-tune power plants for lower loads and other flexible modes.  Duke Energy, based in Charlotte, […]

Is loadshedding imminent? – Ask the weatherman

We should be grateful we’re having a mild winter. Without the power received from the independently owned and operated renewable energy-sourced power stations we’d be in the dark – or facing serious loadshedding events right now. Since we are not experiencing loadshedding at present,  some may believe that Eskom’s power stations are on the mend […]

Wilec: A new owner with a new vision

Actom sold its Wilec division to Makarenge Electrical Industries (MEl) recently. MEI is a black-empowered company based in Gauteng. Energize caught up with MEI’s CEO, Nene Mathebula, at the company’s factory in Olifantsfontein and asked him about his plans and vision for the company. Energize: Congratulations on your acquisition of Wilec. How did it come […]

Technology could help South Africans turn sunshine into income

As Eskom struggles with excessive debt, its ability to extend grid-power to rural communities remains limited. However, the country could take advantage of the power utility’s challenge by increasing the use of modern technology to turn sunshine into income for residents and businesses in these rural areas. The way energy is produced and distributed is […]

Balancing in-house and outsourced overhead powerline technical expertise

Most overhead transmission line (OHTL) asset owners employ a mix of in-house and outsourced expertise for the project management, engineering (system analysis and facility design), construction and maintenance of their OHTL facilities. The use of solely one of or a mix of in-house and outsourced expertise is done in a myriad of ways and for […]