Posts tagged as energy

Significant growth reported in renewable energy investment and usage

  Renewable energy continued to grow in 2014 against the backdrop of increasing global energy consumption, particularly in developing countries, and a dramatic decline in oil prices during the second half of the year. Despite rising energy use, for the first time in four decades, global carbon emissions associated with energy consumption remained stable in […]

The energy wars are over, and sustainability has won

  South Africa’s unique position in its electricity sector causes a fact not yet universally acknowledged to be increasingly self-evident to us: renewable energy is the way to go. It is cheap, clean and able to support a modern economy. It creates jobs, supports rural development, and is supremely compatible with long term sustainability (which in our […]

South African wind atlas launched

  Speaking at the launch of phase one of the wind atlas for South Africa (WASA) project, the Department of Energy’s Nomawethu Qase said that the report demonstrates that South Africa has sufficient wind resources for it to be a viable source of renewable energy. The event, which was hosted by the Department of Energy in […]

Special speaker at tenth annual energy efficiency convention

  The tenth annual Southern African energy efficiency convention, to be held at Emperor’s Palace near OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng, on 11 and 12 November 2015, will have the deputy minister of energy, Ambassador Thembisile Majola, as its key note speaker. Other highlights from the conference: A training track featuring five energy training […]

First generating unit at Medupi goes live

  President Jacob Zuma opened Unit 6 of the Medupi Power Station recently. Unit 6 was first synchronised to the national grid on 2 March this year and has been producing electricity to the national grid intermittently whilst undergoing regular optimisation tests. Eskom’s acting chief executive, Brian Molefe, says the commercial operation of Unit 6 […]

First half of 2015 sees huge cost savings from renewable energy

  A second independent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) found that renewable energy from South Africa’s first wind and solar (photovoltaic) projects created R4-billion more financial benefits to the country than they cost during the first six months of 2015. The full presentation may be downloaded here The study is […]

Conference addresses taking energy efficiency more seriously

  Over 100 men and women from institutes of higher education, the City of Cape Town, the public power utility, and industry gathered to attend the twelfth annual Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy (ICUE) conference recently. The conference, which was hosted by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), was held at the Belmont […]

A new Africa energy world: a more positive power utilities outlook

Africa faces a huge electricity demand challenge. Existing infrastructure is insufficient to meet current requirements, let alone the growth of the coming decades. Installed power capacity is expected to rise from 2012’s 90 GW to 380 GW in 2040 in sub-Saharan Africa. Nonetheless millions of Africans remain without access to electricity. Fortunately, difficulties such as […]