Posts tagged as renewables

Cabinet reshuffle: what this means for the energy industry

  South Africans are in a state of shock following President Zuma’s seemingly abrupt decision to reshuffle his cabinet. Paired with the subsequent credit downgrades, the country’s future is, yet again, riddled with uncertainty. The new minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has held positions within the telecommunications and postal services industries, and is a member […]

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, […]

Industry association responds to draft IRP

  The public participation process for SA’s Integrated Resources Plan 2016 update report (IRP2016) is an ideal opportunity for South African citizens to sway the long-term investment choices that will serve the country up to 2050. We don’t often have an opportunity to influence government policy, so this is a significant moment, not just for […]

Next generation wind and solar power: from cost to value

  Wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are currently the fastest-growing sources of electricity globally. In 2015, their additional annual generation met almost all incremental demand for electricity. This is the executive summary of a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Click here to download the full report Variable renewable energy (VRE) costs, especially […]

Getting wind and sun onto the grid

  Wind and solar PV capacity has grown very rapidly in many countries, thanks to supportive policy, and dramatic falls in technology cost. By the end of 2015, these technologies – collectively referred to as variable renewable energy (VRE) – had reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries. This is the executive […]

Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix

  Renewable energy falls short of being a base load power source in South Africa, suggests a researcher. Ben Heard, director of Bright New World organisation and PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide, has conducted research to dispute the claims by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that renewables have the capacity […]

Nuclear power in Vietnam: challenges and alternatives

  This article provides information regarding different issues which need to be carefully considered in various steps of nuclear power development, from the planning phase to the dismantling and waste treatment. It is based on scientific information and experiences from Germany, Japan and South Africa. Recommendations proposed here are consolidated from existing research, a recent […]

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 storage trends and opportunities in emerging markets

  Energy storage is a crucial tool for enabling the effective integration of renewable energy and unlocking the benefits of local generation and a clean, resilient energy supply. The technology continues to prove its value to grid operators around the world who must manage the variable generation of solar and wind energy. However, the development […]

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