Posts tagged as energy

Government’s roadmap to “reform” SA’s electricity industry

On Tuesday 29 October 2019, South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises published its “Roadmap for Eskom in a reformed electricity supply industry“. The report states that Eskom will be divided into three operational entities; that power stations will compete with one another to reduce the cost of electricity to users for the good of the […]

Offshore wind to become a US$1-trillion industry

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that offshore wind power will expand impressively over the next two decades, boosting efforts to decarbonise energy systems and reduce air pollution as it becomes a growing part of electricity supply. Europe is set to be the engine of growth for this flourishing renewable energy technology, followed closely by […]

Greater flexibility in electricity generation essential, delegates hear

Renewable energy has changed everything because renewable energy is the cheapest technology for generating electricity in most parts of the world today. This, according to panelists at a recent seminar held in Johannesburg, will make fossil fuel-fired and nuclear power generation redundant, particularly when coupled with energy storage technologies whose prices are decreasing rapidly too. […]

Government urged to expedite IRP

The minister of mineral affairs and energy, Gwede Mantashe, says the long-awaited integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity will go before Cabinet this week. Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA’s) president Sipho Pityana, is urging the government to expedite the gazetting of a least-cost, least-regret option which will power the economy and create and sustain jobs. Pityana […]

Power developments in Africa, October 2019

PV project grows Egypt’s renewable energy portfolio A new 50 MW solar power plant is to be built in Egypt. The plant, which will be built in Zafarana, will be funded by the German Development Bank and is expected start delivering power before the end of 2020. The Zafarana plant is the second project executed […]

Nedbank / EE Publishers seminar: Flexible power generation: A new paradigm in SA

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: Flexible power generation: A new paradigm in SA and an alternative to “baseloadism” This is the 4th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Tuesday 22 October 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: Nedbank Main […]

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 […]

Case study: Largest wind farm in Africa

The Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, located in Marsabit County, Kenya, is the country’s single largest private sector investment at €685-million; and the largest renewable energy project ever undertaken in the country. With 365 turbines spread over 40 000 acres and a maximum installed capacity of 310,25 MW, the wind farm is also the […]