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The Grid Needs a Symphony, Not a Shouting Match

RMI 12 June 2017 We Cannot Afford to Stifle Innovation by Enforcing Outdated Notions of “Baseload” Power For more detail on the topics covered in this article, readers should see Amory Lovins’ FERC comments, a recent article on Forbes, and a forthcoming article in The Electricity Journal. In April, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a 60-day study on electricity market design and grid reliability, meant to assess to what extent current market designs fail to adequately compensate “baseload” (i.e., coal- and nuclear-fired) power plants. The memo commissioning the study presents as “fact” a curious claim: “baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid.” This notion has been thoroughly disproven by a diverse community of utilities, system operators, economists, an...

SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard

Secure PV installations for South Africa and a database of reliable installers The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association SAPVIA launched their new PV GreenCard in Johannesburg on Friday, 26th May. As main motivation for the programme they state the "peace of mind that your solar PV installation complies with industry and international best practice".

Solar PV industry looks to self-regulate

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association is creating a system to ensure quality and safe solar PV installations.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: ESTABLISHMENT OF A JOINT VENTURE WITH BOTSWANA POWER CORPORATION FOR A 100 MW SOLAR POWER PLANT LOCATED IN BOTSWANA

The Republic of Botswana is facing a huge power supply deficit owing to diminished surplus generation capacity in the region and the growing electrical energy requirements in Botswana.  This has been compounded by the low availability of Morupule B power station. The base generation plants currently consist of Morupule “A” with an installed capacity of 132MW and Morupule “B” with 600MW. The available base generation capacity averages 260MW only from Morupule B power station since the Morupule “A” plant is undergoing refurbishment. The current peak demand stands at approximately 600MW and the supply gap is met through imports mainly from South Africa (Eskom) and some from Mozambique (EDM). The two emergency plants, Orapa 90MW and Matshelagabedi 105MW are also dispatched when the imports are...

Renewables 2017 Global Status Report Launch Events: Don’t miss out!

7 June 2017:  REN21 will release its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, the world’s most frequently referenced report on the global renewable energy market, industry and policy landscape. Join our Thunderclap campaign to get the word out! Come to our launch event 7 June, 13:30-16:00 at the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial in Beijing, China Webinars: REN21 is also holding a series of webinars.  Please join us. 7 June: Renewables Rising: What is driving uptake? 9:00 EST / 15:00 CEST / 21:00 CST Registration 8 June: Breaking Down Silos: What does linking renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency really look like? 9:00 EST / 15:00 CEST Registration 14 June: Status of Renewables Held in cooperation with the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) 06:00 EST / 12:00 CEST Regist...

IPP programme identified as imperative for boosting investment

Engineering News – ONLINE 22 February 2017 Eskom’s delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable energyindependent power producers (IPPs) whose bids were approved by the Department of Energy could result in manufacturers going out of business, National Treasury warned in its 2017 Budget Review.  Read more here…

Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) [COMPLAINANT] and ESKOM [RESPONDENT]

SUMMARY OF CASE AND STATEMENT OF FACTS AND CONTEXT ON BEHALF OF THE COMPLAINANT Please click here to downlaod the full document.

Green energy saves city mall 2 200 electricity units each day

A Cape Town shopping mall is saving 2 200 units of electricity each day due to the installation of renewable energy systems. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities today (16 February 2017) visited Bayside Mall in Table View as part of the Western Cape Government’s month-long energy efficiency awareness campaign.  Read more here…

SONA: Zuma commits SA to renewable energy

FIN24 09 February 2017 Eskom has for months refused to issue final budget quotes to preferred bidders in Round 4 and the Round 4 extension of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. It has caused widespread concern in the renewable energy sector, which had praised South Africa for years.  Read more here…

Zuma says Eskom will sign renewables contracts in disrupted, economy-focused Sona

Engineering News – ONLINE 09 February 2017 President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday that Eskom would sign the outstanding power purchase agreement (PPAs) for renewable energy projects that had been procured during the most recent rounds of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPPP). Read more here…

Sekunjalo's R500m lifeline to entrepreneurs (to boost renewable energy initiatives)

Business Report 09 February 2017 South African entrepreneurs yesterday received a shot in the arm after Sekunjalo Investment Group committed R500 million to boost renewable energy initiatives and women-owned businesses.  Read more here…

Op-Ed: Impasse in renewable energy procurement – a political power play

Daily Maverick 09 February 2017 While it has been interesting to see the level of debate around the price of electricity, much of this is mere noise and overlooks the fundamental questions of how we supply our future energy needs at the lowest cost, in the cleanest fashion, and with the greatest economic development benefits possible. By GREG AUSTIN.  Read more here….  

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