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ESKOM WARNS RISK OF LOAD SHEDDING REMAINS

Posted on 12/17/14 in general, General News, No Comments

EYEWITNESS NEWS 17 December 2014 Eskom says four generators which stopped working yesterday, threatening power supply, are back online but the risk of load shedding remains. The units went offline due to what officials say were technical problems.  Read more…

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South Africa solar booming as REIPPPP comes under scrutiny

Posted on 12/15/14 in general, General News, No Comments

PV TECH 12 December 2014 The completion of South Africa’s latest utility PV power plant has coincided with new figures showing an “exponential” rise in the contribution solar is now making to the country’s grid. As Spain’s Acciona Energía announced its 94.3MWp Shishen project had begun operation, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) this […]

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RENEWABLE ENERGY INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS PROCUREMENT PROGRAMME (REIPPP) FINANCIAL CLOSE OF WINDOW 3, ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINDOW 3.5 PREFERRED BIDDERS AND ADDITIONAL DETERMINATIONS

Posted on 12/15/14 in general, General News, Press Releases, No Comments

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY – MEDIA STATEMENT On the 19 August 2013, 93 bid responses were received of which 65% were for the Solar Photovoltaic and 29% Onshore Wind Technologies. Preferred Bidders were announced on the 5 November 2013. The bidders have finalised their contractual arrangements. This will result in an additional 1 456MW of green […]

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SA to announce 1,000 MW of renewable energy contracts

Posted on 12/15/14 in general, General News, No Comments

MONEYWEB 14 December 2014 South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects on Monday that will add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power into the country’s constrained electricity grid, sources close to the deals told Reuters. Africa’s most advanced economy is in the midst of a severe power crisis because of the government’s failure to build […]

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Does South Africa face an electricity grid collapse?

Posted on 12/12/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 11 December 2014 South Africa is facing its worst power crisis since 2008. As the country’s struggling power utility, Eskom, battles to cope with demand for electricity, millions face the prospect of years of  “load-shedding”. Eskom’s CEO Tshediso Matona has said that these planned outages are here to stay. “Over the years, in an environment of strained capacity, we have delayed critical maintenance because […]

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Cabinet sets up electricity ‘war room’ as it unveils five-point stabilisation plan

Posted on 12/11/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News  - ONLINE 11 December 2014 Cabinet has approved a five-point plan to address the current strain on South Africa’selectricity system as well as the creation of a technical “war room” to undertake various interventions to improve supply security over the short and medium term. Since the start of November, the country has descended into protracted periods of […]

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MORE ROLLING BLACKOUTS ON THE CARDS FOR TODAY & TOMORROW

Posted on 12/11/14 in general, General News, No Comments

EWN  11 December 2014 Eskom says there’s a high risk of load shedding today and tomorrow as diesel supplies are running out. The utility implemented rolling blackouts for three consecutive weekends and again on Monday due to several problems at existing power plants. Read more…

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Call for Eskom to declare national power crisis

Posted on 12/09/14 in general, General News, No Comments

FIN24 09 December 2014 Eskom must declare the rolling blackouts a national crisis, DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Maimane was speaking outside the offices of the public enterprises ministry in Pretoria where he handed over a list of demands addressed to minister Lynne Brown.  Read more…

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Call for rethink amid delays to South Africa’s renewables procurement

Posted on 12/09/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Africa Energy – Issue 2940 04 December 2014 An industry body has called for a fundamental rethink of renewable energy procurement as third- and fourthround REIPPP bidders face new delays, writes Dan Marks. The announcement of preferred bidders in the fourth round of South Africa’s multi-billion dollar renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme has been put back […]

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ESKOM: SORRY, BUT LOAD SHEDDING IS HERE TO STAY

Posted on 12/09/14 in general, General News, No Comments

EWN  08 December 2014 Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tshediso Matona says load shedding is here to stay, at least for the next few months as the utility tries to stabilise an extremely constrained system. The country experienced load shedding for a third consecutive weekend and again this morning, because certain units which were undergoing maintenance have not come […]

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