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Wind body seeks right to contest Nersa report on delayed renewables projects
Published: 25 Sep 18
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) Tribunal has invited the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) to present its case this week as to why the tribunal should hear the association’s arguments in opposition to a 2017 Nersa panel report. The document in question concluded that Eskom had not breached its license conditions by delaying, for more than two years, the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable-energy projects procured by government in 2015.
Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets
Published: 14 Sep 18
Global law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming increasingly attractive investments and more generation projects are being planned or in development. The guide details some of the key policy objectives for national governments and provides insight into current market conditions and notes some of the projects anticipated to deliver these goals.
Govt should remove the carbon tax threat hanging over the metal smelting sector
Published: 14 Sep 18
The renewable energy factor that predominates the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provide and excellent reason by the Cabinet should instruct the National Treasury to put a hold on its plan to introduce a carbon tax on January 1 next year. Enshrined in the latest IRP is the strongest promise yet of a more significant inherent decline potential in the emission intensity than anything the imposition of a carbon tax promises.
Inclusion of IPP coal slammed, procurement hole questioned
Published: 07 Sep 18
The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has added its voice to concerns being expressed over the three-year gap outlined in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) during which no allocations have been made for new renewable-energy capacity additions. In a statement, which broadly welcomes the draft document released for public comment by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe on August 27, SAPVIA cautioned that the lag period from 2022 to 2025 could undermine the consistent growth required for the solar PV industry to support job creation and local participation.
Join the least-cost highway
Published: 07 Sep 18
The release of a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) for public comment, is an extremely positive development. Likewise, the document’s acknowledgement that the least-cost new build option for South Africa to 2030 is a combination of solar, wind and gas represents major progress. This reality has been known by electricity planners for some time, but has, until now, not been openly acknowledged by the Department of Energy (DoE). It is equally good news too see that the policy adjustments made to the least-cost plan have been made transparent from the start – a departure from the recent past, when the devil of these adjustments was truly in the detail. The question now, is whether South Africans believe the costs associated with these policy adjustments are fully justified by benefits. Indeed, this is likely to be the major feature of responses that will be received by the DoE over the 60-comment period.
Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report
Published: 06 Sep 18
A new report into South Africa’s coal sector argues that any subsidies set aside for the country’s “inevitable” transition away from coal in electricity production should be tailored to protect workers, their dependants and communities, rather than Eskom, or the coal sector as a whole. Published by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC), the study warns that the domestic coal industry is in crisis, owing to environmental pressures, as well as a loss of competitiveness.
Zest WEG packages diverse portfolio into mining solutions
Published: 04 Sep 18
On display at Zest WEG Group's large outdoor stand at Electra Mining Africa this year will be not only its growing range of products, but also its integrated approach that offers customers significant added value in the execution of large projects. One of the new products being launched at the event which is expected to draw the attention of visitors and customers is the WEG Motor Scan solution. This innovative device facilitates the monitoring of electric motor performance from a mobile phone and will help mines to avoid unplanned downtime.
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Published: 31 Aug 18
Twenty-seven Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme project agreements were signed in April 2018.
Rising oil prices fuelling renewables
Published: 24 Aug 18
The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims renewable energy supply company juwi Renewable Energies. This drive for renewable energy corresponds to the drive by mines to reduce their blended levelled cost of electricity measured across different sources of energy generators, says juwi Renewable Energies CEO Greg Austin.
Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels
Published: 24 Aug 18
Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch. There is a growing global trend of decarbonisation and enhanced energy efficiency, and as a result energy efficiency efforts are gaining traction in the mining industry. This is owing to the demand for bottom-line cost reduction goals and environmental targets, says Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa regional director Joseph Mahendran.
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