Posts tagged as renewables

Renewables, gas and coal can’t match nuclear powered electricity generation

  The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has welcomed the recent statements made by Eskom and the minister of Public Enterprises that nuclear energy is South Africa’s most viable option for safe, reliable, green and affordable base load power. Investments in nuclear power plants will just be the beginning. Supply chains, jobs, skills […]

Study of the capital costs and the cost of electricity from new-nuclear in SA

  A new study by EE Publishers looks at the initial capital cost as well as the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) generated by the proposed 9,6 GW new-nuclear build in South Africa. Note: Figures shown in RED were updated / corrected on 11 August 2016 at 21h30. The EE Publishers study estimates an initial […]

An appeal to Eskom to include all role players

  The South African Independent Power Producers Association, SAIPPA, has taken note of the recent statement about the decision taken by Eskom regarding suspension of signing any further power purchase agreements until it has engaged the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprise with concerns. While this comes as no surprise, the manner in which it […]

The world nuclear industry status report 2016

  The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016 (WNISR2016) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. The WNISR2016 edition includes again an assessment of the financial status […]

Assessing SA-US renewable energy projects

  A solar park under construction in the heart of the Northern Cape sheds light on a combined solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) model which sets out to create renewable energy for baseload power. The US Embassy recently invited EE Publisher’s assistant editor Pierre Potgieter on a tour of US funded renewable […]

Own-generation changes the business model for municipalities

  In order to execute on their mandate of procuring and selling electricity in a cost effective and safe manner, municipalities need to remain viable by protecting their revenue income in the face of increasing own-generation schemes. To achieve this, municipalities may have to revise the business models they have used for many years and […]

Renewable energy closes American nuclear plants

  Nuclear Energy Insider reports that California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has decided to shut down its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant by 2025 and increase investments in renewable energy and storage projects. Rising solar and wind capacity in California, and the State government’s plan to increase the renewable portfolio standard to 50% […]

Nuclear operator to cut O&M costs by 5% by 2018

  Nuclear Energy Insider reports that Electrabel, Engie’s Belgian subsidiary, is to reduce operation and maintenance costs by 5% by 2018. Engie, formerly GDF Suez, launched a short term programme in June to implement US AP 913 performance standards at Electrabel’s seven Belgian nuclear power plants in order to improve equipment reliability and reduce maintenance […]

Climbing the value chain: renewable energy manufacturing

  Discussing skills development can be a buzzword exercise and often sticky terrain in especially the renewable energy sector, because despite noble intentions and local content policies, most renewable energy jobs in South Africa are at the bottom of the value change, and are semi-skilled and often only temporary. The East London Industrial Development Zone […]