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Eskom warns on IPP connections as it defers some transmission capex

Posted on 10/16/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLNE 10 October 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom has made significant changes to its transmission infrastructure expansion plan for the coming ten years, owing to financial constraints that made its previous plan “no longer realistic”. Group executive for transmission Mongezi Ntsokolo reported on Friday that the latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), covering the period from 2015 to 2024, had been […]

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ESKOM DISMISSES CLAIMS POWER CRISIS COULD LAST UNTIL 2020

Posted on 10/03/14 in general, General News, No Comments

EWN 03 October 2014   JOHANNESBURG – Eskom says the length of the power crisis will depend on several factors and not just on when the new Medupi andKusile Power Stations come on line. Yesterday, National Planning Commission member Professor Anton Eberhard, said the power crisis could last until 2020 because that’s when the new stations will reach full capacity. […]

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Call made for commission of inquiry into South Africa’s power crisis

Posted on 10/03/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 02 October 2014 A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reformingEskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton Eberhard, who is professor of management of infrastructure reform and regulation at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate […]

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WWF research demonstrates renewable energy growth opportunities in SA

Posted on 10/02/14 in Downloads, general, No Comments

The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has always advocated in favour of renewable energy as a necessity to combatting climate change and increasingly expensive fossil-fuel generated electricity. Our previous work has shown that investing in renewable energy, together with energy efficiency in industry, will provide cheaper electricity by 2020 than further investment […]

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Mazars Renewable Energy Networking Event: Tax and Commercial Presentations

Posted on 10/02/14 in Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

GreenCape, Mazars and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr recently partnered together for a networking event on Tax and Commercial Matters Pertaining to the Renewable Energy Sector. Mike Mulcahy, GreenCape, gave an update on the progress of the Atlantis SEZ; Tessa Brewis, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, presented on the secondary market for REIPPP renewable energy projects in South Africa; and Mike Teuchert, Mazars, […]

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Renewables delay a ‘concern’ as connection risks rise

Posted on 10/02/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 01 October 2014 Some concern has been expressed about recent delays to South Africa’s hitherto successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), under which 26 projects have already been connected to the grid following three bid windows during which more than 60 mostly solar and wind projects were selected to proceed. The anxiety arises primarily from the fact […]

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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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