Posts tagged as future

Is renewable energy really the future? Industry bodies say it is

In a presentation to the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg recently, Busi Nxumalo, the vice chair of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), said that renewable energy is a key element in South Africa’s economic growth plan. Renewable energy has been included in the Department of Energy’s integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity from […]

Flexible, distributed, stored energy: the utility of the future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Energy Initiative has undertaken the Utility of the Future study to serve as a guide for policy makers, regulators, utilities, existing and startup energy companies, and other power-sector stakeholders to better understand the factors which drive change in power systems worldwide. The report was supported by a consortium of 23 diverse […]

The future of electric utilities discussed

  The electric utility business, which was mostly stable and predictable in the past, is now seeing similar technological and societal challenges as were experienced by the mainframe computer industry in the 1980s and the film camera industry in the 1990s; namely the need to adapt to modern technologies and customer demands. There are many […]

Peering into the future of the electricity sector

  The electricity supply sector, for most, has to be one of the most boring sectors around. Electricity production is a simple process but operated on a huge scale. The sector has high capital costs but the product never changes so risks are low. For all the differences in geography, political systems and wealth of […]

The new world of energy: Digital, local and consumer focused

  The energy world is changing. From a concentrated and centralised system discovered in 1888, the energy system is evolving to a decentralised system with diverse energy generation sources. There are two main factors causing this transformation: the introduction of information technology (IT) in the energy sector, and the emergence of alternative energy generation sources […]

Dawie Roodt to speak on the next ten years: What should we expect?

  The Free Market Foundation extends an invitation to hear Dawie Roodt, Efficient Group’s chief economist, sharing his views on where South Africa and other world economies are going. From shadow-banking in China, to private property rights in South Africa, all the way to bonds in the US. What’s most interesting is how private property […]