Posts tagged as electricity

Minister calls on industry to light up Africa

  Addressing delegates at the opening of the 2017 PowerGen and Distributech Africa conference and exhibition, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, said that in satellite photos, Europe, North America and other regions were lit up like Christmas trees, while Africa remained the “dark continent”. In her keynote address, Brown called on stakeholders at […]

The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation

  In the brave new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic (PV) plant over the last […]

How to transform the electricity system

  Speaking at an event hosted by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) recently, Markus Steigenberger, the deputy executive director of Agora Energiewende, said that the transformation of the German electricity system from a dependency of coal and nuclear to renewables has resulted in a significant reduction in harmful emissions and pollutants.     The […]

Design for new PV plant ordered

  Phoenix Solar has been awarded an order to design a 39,5 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant near Perth, West Australia, as a partner in a joint venture established for the purpose of this project. The company will also be in charge of the offshore procurement of all vital components. The construction of the three […]

Eskom’s financial problems – how is it going to dig itself out of the hole?

  The Helen Suzman Foundation’s legal counsellors have taken a good look at Eskom’s financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017, which were released on 19 July 2017.  The purpose of this brief is to highlight the major cash flow issues which it will have to confront over the next few years. The […]

New data shows benefits of renewable energy

  The Renewable Energy Data and Information Service (REDIS) has been updated with new data up until June 2017. REDIS provides project data for 121 renewable energy generators, and now features more than one million hourly electricity production data records from 83 plants in operation, from April 2012 to June 2017. In this REDIS update, […]

Hydropower market forecasts regional growth

  The global hydropower market is set to exceed 1300 GW by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. Rising electricity demand coupled with increasing investment towards sustainable energy will stimulate the global hydropower market size. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), hydroelectric generation accounts for over 80% of the […]

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 […]

SANEA thinking energy workshop: grid resilience

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will be hosting its Thinking Energy Workshop: Grid Resilience at the Glenhove Conference Centre in Johannesburg on 31 August 2017. This event will provide an opportunity for delegates and experts to share experiences and gain a better understanding of the grid infrastructure in Southern Africa, while providing […]

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