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Eight-day Sasol Solar Challenge starts on Saturday

Posted on 09/29/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 26 September 2014 The biennial, eight-day Sasol Solar Challenge kicks off in the country’s capital, Pretoria, on Saturday, and is set to end in Cape Town, on October 4. Fourteen teams will take part, of which eight are local, says race project manager Annalie van Vuuren. There are four classes in the race, with the Olympia […]

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Energy efficient buildings deliver better returns – study

Posted on 09/29/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 22 September 2014 Energy efficient commercial buildings in South Africa delivered better returns than non-energy efficient buildings, a new study by the Investment Property Databank and the Green Building Council of South Africahas shown. The study, which investigated 461 commercial buildings, found that the top-quartile energy efficient properties delivered a 15.9% total return, 170 basis points higher than the remainder of the […]

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Cape Town signs first embedded electricity generation contract

Posted on 09/29/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 23 September 2014 In a boost for renewable energy, the City of Cape Town has signed its first small-scale embedded electricity generation contract with Black River Park Investments, an office park in Observatory. The 74 000 m2 office park uses large-scale solar power systems to generate environmentally sustainable energy. Some of the electricity it produces is used to meet its own energy demands, and it […]

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SA electricity prices hurting the poor, despite protection measures – Frost & Sullivan

Posted on 09/22/14 in general, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 18 September 2014 Despite apparent legitimate reasoning behind State-owned power utility Eskom’s electricity tariff increases, increased costs would undoubtedly hurt those in the lower portion of South Africa’s income distribution,consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Africa energy and environmental research associate Thembie Chehore said on Thursday. Chehore pointed out that the utility’s tariff increases had grown from a modest rate of 5.1% in 2006/7 to a […]

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With 32 units in need of ‘surgery’, Eskom says unplanned outages to remain

Posted on 09/22/14 in general, General News, No Comments

ENGINEERING NEWS – ONLINE 16 September 2014 Electricity producer Eskom warned on Tuesday it would take some time to arrest the current high levels of unplanned outages, revealing that 32 of its 87 coal-fired generating units required “major surgery”, while four were in a “critical condition”. However, addressing the Portfolio Committee on Energy in Cape Town, interim CEO Collin Matjila stressed that […]

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Absa, FDA offering rebate on energy efficiency, renewable energy loans

Posted on 09/22/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 16 September 2014 Barclays Africa group company Absa, in partnership with the French Development Agency (FDA), was offering commercial businesses in South Africa an up to 7% rebate on loans of up to R100-million that are used to fund energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. Biogas, solar power, wind power and solar water heater projects could qualify for the incentive, whileenergy efficiency projects such as the […]

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NOTICE TO ALL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY (ESI) STAKEHOLDERS

Posted on 09/11/14 in Downloads, general, Member News, No Comments

This serves to notify all ESI Stakeholders that the new versions of the South African Distribution and Transmission Grid Code have been approved and posted on the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) website (http://www.nersa.org.za/). The new versions are as follows: 1. SAGC Grid Code Version 9 replacing version 8.0 (Transmission Grid Code) 2. RSA Distribution Code […]

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Invitation to a public forum to share the Transmission Development Plan (TDP) 2015-2024

Posted on 09/09/14 in Current Activities, events calendar, general, Member News, No Comments

The forum will take place in Midrand on Friday, 10 October 2014.  Click here to view further details.

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Power system ‘extremely constrained’ this week, Eskom warns

Posted on 09/09/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 08 September 2014 Energy utility Eskom said on Monday that the electricity system would remain tight over the evening peak on Monday and would be “extremely constrained” for the rest of the week owing to planned and unplanned outages. As a result, a high reliance on emergency resources would be required. The capacity available to meet Monday evening’s […]

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Small-scale IPPs should not delay bids

Posted on 09/08/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 05 September 2014 While the Department of Energy (DoE) has indicated that standard documents would be developed to reduce transaction costs related to bidding for the small projects Renewable Energy Independent PowerProducer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), local advisory firm Infrastream director Grant Berndsen has urged prequalified bidders not to delay their preparation for the first Stage 2 submission in anticipation of these […]

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