Scaling up variable renewable power: the role of grid codes

  The power sector globally is accelerating its transition towards a sustainable energy regime. Since 2011, over 100 GW of annual capacity additions have been from renewables: more than fossil fuel and nuclear power additions combined. The share of renewables in total electricity production in 2014 exceeded 22%. Hydropower accounted for 16,4% and variable renewable […]

Railway solution for grid-scale energy storage

  Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES) developed a new storage system for potential energy, which uses gravity, railway lines, shuttles and concrete, and works on a similar concept as a pumped storage hydropower system. The system provides a solution for grid-scale energy storage. The company’s mission is to enable the electric grid to integrate clean, […]

NECSA and Auditor General engage over decommissioning and decontamination costs

  A year after South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (NECSA) refused to sign off its 2014/15 annual report prepared by the Auditor General of South Africa for the financial year ending 31 March 2015, the same issue with the Auditor General has hampered progress in respect of NECSA’s 2015/16 annual audit and financial […]

Satellite launch completes radar pair

  The second Sentinel-1 satellite, Sentinel-1B, was launched on 25 April 2016 to provide more radar vision for Europe’s environmental Copernicus programme. The satellite joins its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, in orbit to deliver information for numerous services, from monitoring ice in polar seas to tracking land subsidence, and for responding to disasters such as floods. […]

SA Department of Energy in quandary as SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

  After months of financial uncertainty, international solar giant SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE; OTC: SUNEQ), and some of its international subsidiaries, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US on 21 April 2016. This uncertainty has seen its share price tumble from a high of US $33,45 in July 2015 to $0,34 before filing […]

ICASA sanctions SA Post Office following complaints by publishers

  The Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has fined the South African Post Office (SAPO) R125 000 for failure to deliver mail. However, the fine has been suspended for three years. Click here to download the full judgement The judgement follows formal complaints lodged with ICASA against […]

ICASA appoints four new councillors

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has appointed four new councillors: Botlenyana (Botle) Mokhele, Paris Mashile, Peter Zimri and Keabetswe Modimoeng. The new councillors were sworn in by Judge de Villiers on Thursday, 7 April 2016, at the ICASA offices in Sandton. In a statement, the Authority said the appointment of new councillors comes after […]

Survey reveals infrastructure spending forecast

  Members of Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) have indicated low confidence in all of their sectors owing to ongoing tough economic times, and the agreement that it will continue to decline in the coming three years. CESA released its Bi-annual Economic and Capacity Survey for the period July to December 2015. The survey research […]

Ironic end to OUTA’s application for urgent interdict

  The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) approached the North Gauteng High Court for an urgent interdict to prevent Eskom from implementing the electricity tariff increase of 9,4% on 1 April 2016. OUTA’s case was based on the fact that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) had not provided reasons for its decision made […]