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ABB becomes minority investor in GridBeyond
16th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Technology company ABB has joined investors EDP, ESB, TotalEnergies, Act and DublinBIC in becoming an investor in energy management solutions company GridBeyond, which uses artificial intelligence... 


South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls
16th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key... 


IIoT a potential solution for mitigating illegal connection challenges
15th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Illegal connections are one of the leading causes of electricity-related injuries and deaths in South Africa, while also posing a risk of fires and electrocutions in communities. It also adds to... 


Solar PV sector provides many opportunities for South Africa, but there are challenges
12th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The growth of the photovoltaic (PV or solar) sector worldwide has resulted in a current manufacturing overcapacity, which has driven down the prices of PV modules by almost 50%, solar PV... 


Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build
12th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more... 


Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


Standby gensets not viable option while loadshedding persists
12th April 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

Selecting a generator set with a standby power rating might have been sufficient ten to 15 years ago but is no longer a viable option to cope with the current severity of local power disruptions... 


Wind energy poses increased fall risks
12th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational... 


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Coal & Diesel

Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


Global coal power grew 2% last year, the most since 2016, GEM survey says
11th April 2024

The world's coal-fired power capacity grew 2% last year, its highest annual increase since 2016, driven by new builds in China and decommissioning delays elsewhere, according to research published... 


South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 - IISD
10th April 2024

A new study has found that South Africa's fossil fuel subsidies tripled between 2018 and 2023, rising to R118-billion from R39-billion over the period, with subsidies having been increased largely... 


Energy Efficiency

Schneider launches entry-level circuit breakers for basic applications
5th April 2024

Energy management and automation group Schneider Electric has launched two new entry-level market products – the GoPact Moulded Case Circuit Breaker (MCCB) and the Manual Transfer Switch (MTS).... 


IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
20th March 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 


Defy launches solar-powered off-grid fridge, freezer range
19th March 2024

Amid the compounding effects of loadshedding in South Africa and increasing concerns about climate change, appliance manufacturer Defy Appliances has launched its Solar Off-Grid fridge and freezer... 


Gas to Power

Role of gas in SA’s future energy mix under intense scrutiny
5th April 2024

Given South Africa’s ongoing energy crisis, there remains much debate around whether gas should be included in the future energy mix and, if so, how much. Advocates argue that the fossil fuel is a... 


BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’
2nd April 2024

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the... 


Release of Gas Master Plan approved at Cabinet’s last official meeting ahead of May poll
28th March 2024

Cabinet approved the publication of the long-awaited Gas Master Plan for public comment during what was the last formal meeting of the executive ahead of the May 29 election. However, Minister in... 


Nuclear

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
20th March 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 


Conclusions in opaque IRP 2023 are ‘incorrect and economically damaging’
19th March 2024

In an excoriating assessment of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), Meridian Economics points to serious problems with the modelling and cost assumptions used by the Department of... 


Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council
19th February 2024

The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council... 


Regulation

Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


Eskom defends pollution record, saying it’s spending billions
8th April 2024

South Africa’s State power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to... 


Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
5th April 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 


Renewable Energy

South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls
16th April 2024

South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key... 


Solar PV sector provides many opportunities for South Africa, but there are challenges
12th April 2024

The growth of the photovoltaic (PV or solar) sector worldwide has resulted in a current manufacturing overcapacity, which has driven down the prices of PV modules by almost 50%, solar PV... 


Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build
12th April 2024

South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more... 


Storage

Globeleq says R5.7bn Red Sands will be largest standalone battery storage project in Africa
5th April 2024

Leading African independent power producer Globeleq says the 153 MW/612 MWh Red Sands project, which was recently awarded preferred bidder status under South Africa’s inaugural battery storage... 


Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
5th April 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 


Clean energy company implements renewable energy system for major agri business
2nd April 2024

South African clean energy infrastructure development and operation company Blue Energy Africa has highlighted its implementation of hybrid solar and battery energy systems for a major Western Cape... 


Transmission Distribution

Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build
12th April 2024

South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more... 


Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


Ramokgopa says ‘degree of convergence’ reached with NTCSA on unlocking private participation in grid
9th April 2024

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that a “degree of convergence” has been reached between his Ministry and the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) regarding private... 


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