ANC says transparency, affordability must guide South Africa’s electricity-mix choices
The governing African National Congress (ANC) has emphasised the need for transparency and affordability when determining the “optimal energy mix” for South Africa, while also underlining the importance of economic and environmental sustainability.
Engineering News, 12 October 2015
Solar PV projects to grow local economy
In South Africa, the Minister of Eenergy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, awarded ten clean power projects under the Department of Energy’s Small Projects Independent Power Producer Programme (SPIPPP) last week. Two of these projects include the 5.8 MW Adams and 5.8 MW Bellatrix solar projects, which will be developed, designed, funded, constructed and operated locally.
ESI-Africa, 12 October 2015
Costs of nuclear remains classified – Treasury
While South Africa’s National Treasury has completed most of the preliminary work into the country’s proposed nuclear build programme, all the details, including the cost to the fiscus, remained classified, MPs were told on Tuesday.
Briefing Parliament’s standing committee on finance, Treasury Director General Lungisa Fuzile said he was not cleared to share any of the specifics of the reports compiled on the nuclear build, most notably the cost implications.
Engineering News, 13 October 2015
South Africa’s renewables ramp-up "impressive", study shows
Between January and June this year, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants contributed 2% of the 114.1 TWh of electricity sent to the national grid, a material scale-up from the position of previous years.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says while the contribution may still seem small, it is in fact impressive, particularly in light of the notoriously slow evolution of energy systems.
Engineering News, 13 October 2015
IPPs could risk financial closure delay until 2018
National utility Eskom’s move to stop issuing budget quotes to IPPs until March 2018 has stirred frustration among those involved in the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) - these quotes are necessary for financial close on clean power projects, Moneyweb reported.
ESI-Africa, 13 October 2015
Eskom to plan future grid for renewable energy connections
The next big priority for Eskom will be planning its future transmission grid to ensure that it is able to connect increasingly widespread sources of power generation, senior GM Andrew Etzinger said on Tuesday.
The 2010 Integrated Resources Plan, a blueprint for SA’s energy needs over the next 30 years, required diversification of resources, a commitment to baseload generation and carbon emissions control. Mr Etzinger said Eskom’s generation side was on track to meet the goals, but it had to be accompanied by grid planning.
Business Day, 14 October 2015
US energy expert urges South African policymakers to cater for "disruptive" technologies
The head of US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has cautioned South African policymakers to cater for the emergence of “disruptive” energy technologies while still making the short-term decisions required to improve the reliability of the electricity supply industry.
“What we at NREL have recognised is that technology will continue to improve and it will continue at a rate that will surprise you. So public policy needs to be fashioned in a way that leaves open the opportunity and the flexibility to employ new technologies as they arise.”
Engineering News, 15 October 2015
Joburg to implement 3 MW in-pipe hydropower scheme
The City of Johannesburg is set to release a tender for a 3 MW in-pipe hydropower scheme. This announcement was made by Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau at a conference held last week.
The preliminary work on the in-pipe hydropower project has been completed and the first 3 MW of in-pipe power is expected to be introduced in Q1 of 2016, according to MD of City Power, Sicelo Xulu.
ESI-Africa, 15 October 2015