Posts tagged as electricity

State-of-the-art premises for generation company

Cummins South Africa recently held a sod-turning ceremony at its new premises in Midrand. The company plans to build a modern facility in the Waterfall Logistics Precinct. Speaking at the ceremony, the company’s MD, Thierry Pimi, said that relocation to the new premises is of critical importance to the company as it positions itself at […]

Cigré reviews its purpose, mission and vision

As I look back at the end of my first year as President of Cigré, I am amazed at the dedication and willingness of Cigréans (i.e. members of Cigré) to perform work for Cigré on a volunteer basis.  The production of over 40 brochures per annum as well as articles for Electra and Cigré Science and Engineering […]

Regulator decides on new electricity tariffs

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced on 15 December 2017 that it has approved Eskom’s allowable revenue of R190,34-billion for the 2018/19 financial year. This is R29-billion less than the power utility had requested. The approved allowable revenue of R190,348-billion will result in an average percentage price increase of 5,23%/kWh. Announcing Nersa’s […]

Strategic national smart grid vision for the South African electricity supply industry

The Smart Grid 2030 Vision was developed by South African Smart Grid Initiative (SASGI) under the guidance of the Department of Energy and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). The document takes into account all the relevant policies, legislation and other indications of the national direction for the energy sector. The Vision forms […]

This is an exciting time for the energy sector, conference hears

A more exciting time can be expected in the electrical industry, as the scale and pace of change increases. This is the view of Mark Waldron, the chair of Cigré’s technical council, and Dr. Rob Stephen, the organisation’s president. The changes will affect the way in which infrastructure is built, while the main drivers for […]

Switchgear company embraces local manufacture, diversification

Elias Monage, the CEO of Afika Group – a 100% black-owned company – says his company, which through its subsidiary Afika Power, recently acquired Powertech Switchgear and Powertech QuadPro, will differentiate itself by localisation and diversification. Monage says the company plans to open a factory to manufacture panels and structures for CTs and VTs in […]

Massive growth in energy storage anticipated, conference hears

Energy storage is globally considered to be the new wave in the energy sector following on from and supporting recent developments in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. It is said that, between 2016 and 2024, about $44-billion will be invested in the construction of new energy storage facilities, with an estimated increase from 162 […]

Eskom’s latest work on the IRP for the DoE rejects nuclear

The findings of the latest work on the draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP 2017, by Eskom for the South African Department of Energy (DoE) are proving to be somewhat problematic for Energy Minister David Mahlobo. Click here to download the full Eskom IRP 2017 study for DoE dated November 2017 As a result, […]

Moving towards the giant battery

When Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb, he never could have foreseen the industry of today – a global connection of wires that brings individual homes and businesses light and electricity. His simple creation paved the way for an industry that our society depends on daily. However, the power industry cannot progress if it […]