Warning: Eskom’s new pricing plan could scupper rooftop PV in South Africa

To address its ever-decreasing revenue income, Eskom is considering a new pricing structure which will have a material impact on the value proposition of solar installations. Eskom generates revenue from two sources: fixed connection charges and electricity tariffs which vary based on usage. As a customer, the fixed connection charge is currently a relatively small […]

Status of nuclear power as world switches to renewables

The energy sector is the largest cause of global greenhouse gas emissions. The pertinence of mitigation strategy options needs to be judged, among others, according to three key criteria: feasibility, cost and speed. The latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 (WNISR2019) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on age, […]

Financial institutions are restricting thermal coal funding

To date, over 100 globally significant financial institutions have announced their divestment from coal mining and/or coal-fired power plants. When significant investors act, global momentum increases. New announcements are occurring on average every week. One of the most recent to publish its policy on thermal coal financing is First Rand. The organisation says it recognises […]

Teenagers rewarded for scientific investigations

Are school uniforms “silent killers”? This question was studied and answered by two teenagers from Cape Town’s Rondebosch Boys’ High School recently. Research undertaken by Grade 10 learners André Toerien and Zuhayr Halday, revealed an unexpected result and went on to win them the Hendrik van der Bijl  prize, sponsored by EE Publishers, at the […]

Annual energy-efficiency conference announced

The annual conference of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation serves the energy management; environmental; facilities; building; energy engineering; cogeneration; power generation and efficiency improvement industries by bringing together all stakeholders on one platform. The conference, known this year as 2019SAEEC, is an important energy event of national scope for end-users and energy professionals in […]

Too late for gas to save a looming power deficit?

It is already too late to hope that the introduction of gas generation in the new energy mix would contribute to avoiding the projected power deficit from about 2023, according to panelists at a recent gas forum. The consensus was that to implement such a project would require at least six years, if everything was […]

Changes in electric network design essential, conference hears

The energy system of the future will be ubiquitous, diverse, complex and diversified. This is the view of a panel drawn from a number of experts representing companies active in the British and European energy sectors. Speaking at the recent Solar & Storage Live event in Birmingham, England, the panel concluded that the way in […]