Minister invites Nordic companies to invest in SA’s energy sector

Speaking to representatives from the governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden at a breakfast prior to the opening of the 2019 African Utility Week conference and exhibition in Cape Town, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said that South Africa has a distinguished relationship with the Nordic countries which supported the country during its […]

Open letter on the boiler and mill problems at Medupi and Kusile

. * Mr Alex Ham worked for Eskom for 30 years, where he held the position of Chief Engineer: Power Station Design. During this period, he was responsible for the overall design of Eskom’s Lethabo, Majuba, Matimba and Kendal power stations. During the latter part of his career, he was appointed Executive Director: Technology. He […]

Energy Transition 4.0 – Unlocking a just energy transition in South Africa

The seminar explores the need for a just energy transition in South Africa to ensure environmental sustainability and reduce the carbon intensity of South Africa – issues of job creation, education, training, reskilling and geo-location of clean energy resources for maximum impact and least cost.

Appointment of acting electricity regulator questioned as legal challenges mount

. Ms Nomfundo Maseti has been re-appointed acting electricity regulator board member at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) with effect from 1 March 2019, after her previous term as acting electricity regulator board member expired on 28 February 2019. This is the second 12-month term by Maseti as acting electricity regulator at […]

So where is the money from China? Still coming says the DPE…

Despite assurances by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that a R7-billion tranche of the R35-billion government guaranteed loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) to Eskom (that was due end March 2019) would be drawn on in the course of April 2019, the funds have still not been received. However, a statement issued by the Department […]

World-class training for data centre designers

MTW training centre hosted an Accredited Tier Designers (ATDs) training course recently. The course provides instruction to engineers, design professionals, design-build teams, project managers and project owners on the practical application of Tiers, including common issues and misconceptions. EE Publishers spoke to Isaac Borras Alcaraz, the course leader who was visiting South Africa from Uptime […]

The critical role of buildings in the green energy transition

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report which explores the critical role buildings can play in meeting climate change ambitions, using a portfolio of clean energy solutions that exist today. This is the executive summary of that report. The global energy sector is not on track for a low-carbon transition. The world’s energy […]

Decline in storage costs “staggering”

If the most recent numbers are to be believed, gas-fired peakers will increasingly be challenged by battery storage devices. Although it should come as no surprise to anyone following developments in the solar and energy storage technologies, it does.  The latest technology cost analysis released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that battery storage […]