Posts tagged as electricity

Municipal electricity tariffs to increase by 12,2%

  The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) has approved the municipal tariff guideline increase of 12,20% and the benchmarks for the 2015/16 municipal tariff review process on 29 January 2015. The municipal tariff guideline increase and benchmarks will be implemented on 1 July 2015 and are meant to assist municipalities in preparing their tariff reviews. The […]

Cigré chairman’s report for 2014

  Cigré South Africa has continued to fare extremely well in Cigré internationally and this is reflected by the election to senior positions of South African delegates by the international community. R. Stephen was re-elected to the steering committee of Cigré in 2014. For the Paris 2014 session there were four papers selected for publication for […]

South African natural gas can match coal for electricity generation

  South African natural gas reserves could provide the country with as much as 15 GW of electricity, says Kishan Pillay, the director for upstream and midstream oil and gas at the Department of Trade and Industry. Speaking at the SANEA Action for Energy event in Sandton on 20 February 2015, Pillay said that natural gas […]

Minister: Eskom is achieving important milestones

  In a speech delivered at the recent State of the Nation Address debate, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, said that Eskom has stopped its practice of keeping the lights on at the cost of increased wear and tear on equipment at its power stations, and is following its preventative maintenance schedules “to […]

South Africa “does not have a shortage of generation capacity”

  South Africa does not have a shortage of generation capacity, says the Department of Energy, but a shortage of available generation capacity. Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the minister of energy at the Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton on 17 February 2015, Dr. Wolsey Barnard, the department’s acting director general, said that […]

Energize Inbox, Jan/Feb 2015

re: Loadshedding and the cost of unserved energy Sir If one were to ask an iron and steel factory whether if it would be prepared to pay 50% more for reliable power versus a blackout, what would its answer be? Similarly, how would a country or national economy respond to this question? The answer to […]

The new world of energy: Digital, local and consumer focused

  The energy world is changing. From a concentrated and centralised system discovered in 1888, the energy system is evolving to a decentralised system with diverse energy generation sources. There are two main factors causing this transformation: the introduction of information technology (IT) in the energy sector, and the emergence of alternative energy generation sources […]

Renewables provide over 16% of US electricity

  The total renewable energy sources now account for 16,6% of the entire installed operating generating capacity in the US. Out of this, water constitutes 8,4%, wind 5,5%, biomass 1,38%, solar 0,96% and geothermal steam 0,33%. Renewable energy capacity now records a higher production rate than that of nuclear (9,14%) and oil (3,94%) combined. Renewable […]

High temperature low sag power line conductors

  The increasing need to expand the capacity of transmission networks, and limits on servitudes available, has lead to the development of methods to increase the capacity of existing routes. This has resulted in a new breed of overhead conductor which can remain within physical limits at higher currents and higher operating temperatures. One of […]