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Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows

Posted on 08/24/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE  22 August 2016 There has been much discussion in recent months about the work done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Energy Centre into the role that renewable energy could play in South Africa’s future electricity mix. In an extensive interview with Engineering News Online, Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz outlines the key […]

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South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’

Posted on 08/24/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 22 August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.  Read more here…

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Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on diversified energy mix

Posted on 08/19/16 in Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

17 Aug 2016 South Africa: SA Pursuing a Diversified Energy Mix Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has reiterated that South Africa is pursuing a diversified energy mix that includes both independent power producers and the nuclear build.  Read more here… Click here to view full statement.

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Statistics of utility-scale solar PV and wind in South Africa in the first half of 2016

Posted on 08/10/16 in Downloads, general, No Comments

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We can’t turn back on the path of IPPs

Posted on 07/29/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Business Day – LIVE 29 July 2016 RENEWABLE energy has a key and lasting role to play in SA’s future. Our renewable energy sector has been built up in the past four years and has contributed significantly to the growth of our economy. We expect this sector to continue to grow in the years ahead. […]

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IPPs are still a key part of SA’s energy policy, says Pravin Gordhan

Posted on 07/28/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Business Day LIVE 27 July 2016 THE renewable energy independent power producers programme remains a key government policy, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday. Under the programme, which has attracted R195bn in direct investment, the government has partnered with independent power producers (IPPs) the private sector to provide renewable energy.  Read more here…

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Backlash over Eskom’s IPP move

Posted on 07/26/16 in Current Activities, Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

Moeketsi Thobela, Chief Executive of the SA Photovoltaic Industry Association, discusses Eskom’s decision to halt any new supply agreements with private operators.  Click here to view the interview.

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Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation

Posted on 07/25/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 22 July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any newpower purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy, industry participants warn.  Read more […]

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Renewables industry blasts Eskom

Posted on 07/25/16 in general, General News, No Comments

ITWeb 22 July 2016 The South African renewable energy industry has come out guns blazing, reproaching Eskom’s decision to no longer sign power purchase agreements with private producers after the current round is finalised. According to a Business Day report, in a letter to energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson from Eskom chairman Ben Ngubane, the power […]

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Op-Ed: Eskom has us over a barrel. Time for a different approach.

Posted on 07/22/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Daily Maverick 17 July 2016 Regulating a monopoly like Eskom is a hellishly hard thing to get right for a whole range of theoretical and practical reasons. It is even harder to regulate since Eskom is a vertically integrated monopoly as well. It is responsible for most of its own generation, it owns the transmission […]

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