OPINION Wind & Solar Are Always Ruinously Expensive

  A very similar plan was actually implemented in South Australia and shows us what to expect in the real world. Driven by green ideology, South Australia shut down coal stations, which had been providing cheap, reliable electricity, and built a lot of wind turbines and some solar power. Australia, unlike us, has an abundance of cheap gas. The result was soaring electricity prices to final customers and two total state black-outs. At one point in July 2016, the price of electricity reached $14/kWh. This is R140/kWh. Their IRP’s “least…

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SA’s energy map should consider all role players

South Africa should consider all energy sources available in its future energy plans, says Energy Minister Jeff Radebe. “During the energy planning process, we therefore cannot discriminate against or favour any particular energy carriers,” said Radebe. Addressing the BBQ Awards held at Emperor’s Palace on Friday, Radebe said the country cannot ignore the fact that South Africa is endowed with abundant coal reserves that come at a cheap price. “However this is counter-balanced by the high carbon content that coal has, and this cost has been internalised when we analysed…

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Energy, utilities and resources – diversify or disappear?

By Colin Beaney, IFS Global Industry Director for Energy, Utilities & Resources Renewables accelerating even faster than previously predicted, CX and UX driving innovation, a new generation of proactive consumers driving demand for more diversified energy, business and payment models: In 2019 energy and utility companies face the challenges of an industry rapidly diversifying, decentralising and digitising. The sure-fire way to keep up? Make sure you stay ahead. By 2040, 66% of the global energy market will be in renewables, driving an urgent race to diversify in 2019   GLOBAL…

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Concentrated solar power could help ease electricity woes – Stellenbosch University

JOHANNESBURG – With more electricity disruptions likely to occur in the next few years as state utility Eskom struggles to meet demand, South Africa should look at concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies as an alternative when coal power stations fail, Stellenbosch University has said. The university cited Dr Toyosi Craig, a project manager with AEE Power in Johannesburg who recently received his doctorate in industrial engineering at Stellenbosch, as saying mass deployments of CSP would not only provide clean and supporting energy to the grid, but also boost the local…

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Renewable energy programme will not collapse Eskom

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the independent power producer (IPP) programme. Responding to oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday, the President said the IPPs would not collapse Eskom. He said the power utility’s headwinds are as a result of a number of factors – from State capture to poor maintenance of its power plants. “The severe financial and operational challenges currently being experienced by Eskom are not caused by the independent power producers programme, and…

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5 reasons renewables are here to stay

Although there have been calls for the scrapping of independent power producers from some quarters, including trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters, government is determined IPPs are here to stay to ensure security of electricity supply. Among other objections, the announcement of the unbundling of Eskom stirred fears job losses in the coal sector, particularly through the introduction of renewable IPPs in the generation space. In response, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe on Sunday held a briefing to clarify government’s rationale for including renewables…

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Smart grid technology to change the face of energy

South Africa needs to move with speed in deploying smart grid technologies if it is to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says the Department of Energy. Addressing the South African National Energy Development Institute’s (SANEDI) breakfast held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday, the department’s acting Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Clean Energy, Mokgadi Modise, called on the sector to catch up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “With the Fourth Industrial Revolution advancing faster, we too need to move with speed to intensify the deployment of…

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Schneider Electric Research Tracks Corporate Energy and Sustainability Progress, Obstacles

⦁ More than 50 percent of respondents work for companies that have made public commitments to energy, carbon and waste reduction, and are turning words into action ⦁ Access to capital is a misleading barrier; getting funds for projects and programs comes down to demonstrated return on investment and executive leadership ⦁ Businesses have plenty of data, but source, quality and sharing issues continue to stunt the value of the information Davos (Switzerland), January 22, 2019 – Schneider Electric, the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation,…

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Future thinking translates into energy efficiency

Electric cars, light bulbs communicating, fuel-efficient heavy-duty vehicles all have moved from drawing board to market. “Transport is one of the largest causes of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in South Africa, which has a high ratio of cars, taxis, buses and trains all using fossil fuels,” says Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager Energy Efficiency for the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). “Green fuels are being developed for diesel consumers, particularly buses and electric cars are moving from drawing boards to parking lots. Electric vehicles make sense economically, again when…

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Minister impressed by innovations at hydropower plant

The Minister of Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti has expressed appreciation for the innovative technologies at the Bloemwater hydropower plant in Mangaung. The Minister was taken on a tour of the plant on Friday. The plant is able to produce 96 kilowatt of electricity and provides 70% of Bloemwater offices’ power needs. “The plant also uses a changeover panel specifically designed to sense when a dip in electricity supply occurs and changes over automatically to the grid. If all power fails then the changeover panel will automatically activate a diesel…

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