Posts tagged as Renewable

Renewable energy: Friend or foe?

The new minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, says that outstanding power-producers’ agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) will be signed on 13 March 2018. But while the renewable energy industry celebrates the minister’s promise, the voices of those opposed to this technology are growing louder, and in some cases more aggressive. The PPAs the […]

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 […]

The renewable energy, new coal and gas-to-power IPP programmes in SA – quo vadis?

South Africa’s energy sector is at the cross roads in an uncertain and incoherent policy environment caused by the self-induced chaos of the Zuma administration, with three ministers of energy in 2017 alone, and further political change likely after the ANC’s elective conference in mid-December 2017. According to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, failures of governance, […]

Eskom – a laggard in electricity utility transition

In South Africa, where electricity prices have quadrupled since 2007 and an expensive coal-fired power build-out threatens to drive prices even higher, renewables appear ever more appealing. Unfortunately, for the last two years Eskom has been stonewalling on this front, refusing to sign new renewable energy power purchase agreements, while claiming that renewable energy is […]

Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid

A serious engineering study and report has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and suspended Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko on the limits and costs of accommodating significant levels of variable renewable energy capacity in the South African power grid. Note: To ensure strict technical accuracy, significant parts […]

Upcoming energy storage conference launched

  EE Publishers hosted a cocktail party and workshop at Emperors Palace on 29 August 2017 to launch its latest industry event: the SA Energy Storage 2017 Conference and Exhibition. The conference will take place at Emperors Palace on 28 and 29 November 2017, followed by site visits on 30 November. Chris Yelland, the MD […]