Company celebrates 100 years, opens new HQ

Cummins, a 100-year old corporation of complementary business units which design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions, launched its state-of-the-art premises in Waterfall City, Midrand recently. Dubbed the “Power Hub” the facility demonstrates the company’s confidence in the Southern African region and supports the company’s aspiration to be Africa’s preferred power […]

Energy transition in doubt as affordability, sustainability stall

The world’s energy systems have become less affordable and are no more environmentally sustainable than they were five years ago. While access to energy has substantially improved, with less than one billion people now living without access to electricity, concerns over affordability and equity of energy transition are increasing. The Energy Transition Index (ETI)  in […]

Minister says regional energy projects “essential” for growth and prosperity

Speaking at the recent DLO Africa Power Roundtable 2019 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said that regional energy projects and a just transition to a low-carbon economy are essential for the region’s growth and prosperity. The integration and interconnection of the sub-region, with power and trade initiatives, will improve […]

Potential impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa

For as long as markets have existed, businesses and industries have been disrupted by new technology. While the shape of decline has looked different in each industry, every structural change or “transition” has resulted in losses which have impacted investors, banks, workers and government. Transitions associated with climate change pose great risks to established economic […]

Least-cost integrated resource planning with cost-optimal climate change mitigation

The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre recently undertook an alternative technical assessment of South Africa’s electricity future to inform debate on IRP 2018, South Africa’s latest electricity plan, which is due to be released shortly. The authors used a similar modelling methodology, with the addition of an economic model to account for key […]

SA nuclear medicine facility to restart again after another two-week shutdown

Following a lengthy period of shutdown in 2017 and 2018 which resulted from safety scares, the production of radioisotopes by NTP Radioistopes (SOC) started up again in November 2018 and ran until February this year, at which point it was stopped again for a short period to ensure that the system is working properly and […]

SAIEE lightning safety webinar

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) is planning to hold a webinar on the topic of lightning safety on 26 March 2019 from 18h00 to 19h00. The webinar will focus broadly on the topic of lightning, with particular attention being given to practical safety guidelines, basic physics of lightning (including video footage), injury […]

The advantages of corporate power producer agreements

Baker McKenzie, a specialist global law firm based in Johannesburg, hosted a seminar recently which considered the benefits of corporate power producers’ agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) in South Africa. Principal benefits for corporates include protection from load-shedding, the ever-increasing tariffs, unreliable electricity supply, compliance to clean energy and low emission targets, and […]

Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019

. After several delays, the Draft IRP2019, updated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to incorporate the comments arising from the public participation process which closed on 26 October 2018, was finally submitted to Nedlac on 6 March 2019. This now enables Nedlac to commence its work of reviewing the Updated Draft IRP2019 and making […]