Posts tagged as Hydro

New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. After a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. Many new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa. Hydropower represents a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production in eastern and southern Africa. Around 90% […]

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 […]

Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

  Big dams have a bad reputation. They’re often associated with social disruption and environmental damage. That perception is now shifting. The challenges of climate, urbanisation and economic growth in countries and communities already burdened by poverty and underdevelopment is leading to a radical change in attitudes. Dams and related water infrastructures are once again […]

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary of five major submissions made, […]

Rethinking energy, 2017

  Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. Governments all over the world are joining that consensus. The use of renewables is their prime choice for enhancing access to affordable, reliable and cleaner sources of modern energy services. This is the executive summary of IRENA’s new report “REthinking […]

Energy experts back renewables after massive outage

  A South Australian news service reports that renewable energy experts have gathered in South Australia to defend the use of solar and wind power in the aftermath of a state-wide blackout. According to the news service, The Lead, the state of South Australia is still recovering from the electricity outage of 28 September 2016, […]

Assessing SA-US renewable energy projects

  A solar park under construction in the heart of the Northern Cape sheds light on a combined solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) model which sets out to create renewable energy for baseload power. The US Embassy recently invited EE Publisher’s assistant editor Pierre Potgieter on a tour of US funded renewable […]