Posts tagged as renewables

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 […]

Electricity beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable power for all

  Energy transformation means the time is right for policy-makers to reappraise their approach to energy access. Advances in technology are rapidly changing the options available beyond the grid. Falling solar technology costs have spurred the growth of standalone home systems and are changing the economics of mini-grid systems.  Other technological advances are set to […]

Renewable energy contributes positively to electricity supply, economic development

  SAPVIA has read with concern a recent media report [1], attributed to Eskom’s CEO Brian Molefe, about the performance of renewable energy plants in South Africa. If the statements as reported are an accurate representation of the views of the CEO and his advisors, SAPVIA finds those views ill-informed at best, and misleading at […]