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      Acknowledgement: This article was published here by Engineering News, and is republished with permission. Mike Levington, SAPVIA member and MD of energy resources company Navitas Holdings, reveals that because R38,5-billion of renewable energy purchases is already factored into the average Eskom sales tariff, Eskom has over-recovered some R7,6-billion through IPP tariffs since 2013/14. The […]

    The post Eskom has over-recovered R7,6-billion in renewables-related costs since 2014 appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      Over the past decade, the South African electricity sector has witnessed dynamic change. An economic shift from mining and industrial production towards a service industry has reduced electricity demand to pre-2008 levels. Under these challenging circumstances, the continued development of the electricity supply industry will prove essential in achieving business sustainability and providing power […]

    The post South African electricity market: Adaptive power generation models will become essential appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      When it comes to the heated energy debate in South Africa, “blessed are the peacemakers” is surely a principle to be encouraged. We need as many cool heads as we can get. So when Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North-West University writes that he “object(s) strongly” to article titles which make reference to “war” and […]

    The post Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      The Helen Suzman Foundation’s legal counsellors have taken a good look at Eskom’s financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017, which were released on 19 July 2017.  The purpose of this brief is to highlight the major cash flow issues which it will have to confront over the next few years. The […]

    The post Eskom’s financial problems – how is it going to dig itself out of the hole? appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      Having recently returned from the Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Copenhagen, I was amazed at how much momentum there is internationally in the support of renewable energy. There was clearly no shortage of talking points for the approximately 2500 delegates, and it seems clear that independent power producers (IPPs) who were part of the […]

    The post Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa appeared first on EE Publishers.


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  • 08/03/17--00:38: The African junkyard
  •   A recent tweet that drew attention to the fact that the problem of recycling old solar panels had been solved led me to delve into the subject of recycling renewable energy bits and pieces when they reach of life. The process is well established and there is no real problem as to how to […]

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      There appears to be no end in sight for resolution of the impasse caused by Eskom’s refusal to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) in terms of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) internationally acclaimed Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) programme. In an interview with EE Publishers’ […]

    The post No end in sight to Eskom delays in signing renewable energy PPAs appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      Storage is becoming one of the most important components of power generation, transmission and distribution, and consumption management. Efficient and cost effective storage is the next hurdle that needs to be overcome in the move to a higher penetration of renewable energy in the grid. EE Publishers will be hosting a dedicated conference and […]

    The post SA Energy Storage 2017: Why is energy storage important? appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      During a wide-ranging interview with Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Friday 4 August 2017, EE Publishers investigative editor Chris Yelland took the opportunity to get an update from her on the state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa. It was all on track This time last year, the procurement process for […]

    The post The state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      A study sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, programme director, I would like to welcome you to the IDC, and I am very honoured to stand in front of you this morning as we launch one of our greatest milestones. The global energy generation landscape […]

    The post Keynote address on release of South Africa Energy Storage Techno-Economic Study appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse to sign are so much […]

    The post New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape appeared first on EE Publishers.


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      Despite knowing that both coal mines and coal-fires power stations have a finite life, it speaks to poor planning and the poor implementation of policy in South Africa that nothing has been done to address what comes after or to deal with the need to transition to a lower-carbon economy. Misinformation in statements published […]

    The post A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy appeared first on EE Publishers.


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    A look at the nature of disruption, the characteristics of the innovation that underpins it, how disruption happens, and which industries are next in line. In short, are the machines coming for our jobs? Disruption, often imagined as a lurking threat ready to destroy established businesses and business models, is on everyone’s minds of late. […]

    The post Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce appeared first on EE Publishers.


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    Nuclear power was born in a sea of euphoria out of a collective American guilt over dropping the atomic bomb. And for at least two decades it was the “clean” alternative to coal that was going to meet all of our energy needs forever. . Perhaps the most decisive document in the history of nuclear […]

    The post Forward to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 appeared first on EE Publishers.


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    A serious engineering study and report has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and suspended Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko on the limits and costs of accommodating significant levels of variable renewable energy capacity in the South African power grid. Note: To ensure strict technical accuracy, significant parts […]

    The post Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid appeared first on EE Publishers.


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    Most serious grid problems can be traced to the distribution grid rather than the transmission network, says Reji Kumar Pillai, the chairman of the Global Smart Grid Federation. Speaking to Energize at the recent Smart Grid conference, which was held at Eskom’s convention centre in Midrand, Pillai said that the solution to distribution problems is […]

    The post Smart grids improve utility service, customer satisfaction appeared first on EE Publishers.