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28 April 2017
                       
 
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30 Mar 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure
ELECTRICITY
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on Eskom to urgently complete socioeconomic impact assessments for its coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga, five of which having been...
 
 
17 Mar 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Renewable Energy Prospects: Indonesia
RECOMMENDATION
Indonesia is the largest country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), accounting for around two fifths of the region’s energy consumption. Energy demand across the country’s more...
 
 
14 Feb 2017
 
Zuma's speech was full of 'alternative facts' rather than a reflection of reality
THE CONVERSATION
South African President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation speech will be followed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech next week on February 22. They represent the country’s two main...
 
 
29 Nov 2016
 
 
 
South Africa's new energy plan has sparked strong emotions. Here's why
THE CONVERSATION
The much awaited updated South African Integrated Resource Plan for electricity has been released for comment. The document makes far-reaching proposals about the target energy generation mix...
 
 
28 Nov 2016
 
South Africa has a new energy plan. But will it break the bank?
THE CONVERSATION
The release of South Africa’s long awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan is certain to inspire renewed debate about the country’s energy future. Once public consultation has taken place...
 
 
24 Nov 2016
 
Vietnam cancels nuclear reactor deal: a lesson for South Africa
THE CONVERSATION
Vietnam recently announced that it would be cancelling its contract to buy two nuclear reactors from Rosatom, the Russian nuclear vendor. The decision was subsequently ratified by the Vietnamese...
 
 
02 Nov 2016
 
South Africa's power utility wants to finance nuclear. This is a bad idea.
THE CONVERSATION
South Africa’s cabinet is to consider a proposal that a mooted nuclear power deal for the country be financed through the state-owned power utility Eskom. This is the latest twist in South Africa’s...
 
 
25 Oct 2016
 
IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’
RENEWABLE ENERGY
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly increased its five-year growth forecast for renewable energy in light of what it describes as a “turning point” in 2015, when a record 153 GW...
 
 
04 Oct 2016
 
Eskom: Power alert 1 - Eskom secures 75% of its funding for FY2016/17
STATEMENT
Eskom and the China Development Bank (CDB) yesterday signed an inaugural US$500 million credit facility agreement. The facility will contribute towards Eskom’s current capital expenditure...
 
 
19 Sep 2016
 
Why South Africa's public finance watchdog failed its mandate on nuclear
3 Opinion
South Africa’s Parliamentary Budget Office is a largely unknown but important institution. It was established in 2009 to provide technically credible, independent advice to members of parliament...
 
 
14 Sep 2016
 
 
 
Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks
NUCLEAR
A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request...
 
 
02 Sep 2016
 
The future is bright for renewables
LOW-CARBON FUTURE
It is hard for people to appreciate the history of renewables if they were not there from the beginning. Renewables started way before the large roll-out we have seen since 2012. Back then, it was...
 
 
26 Aug 2016
 
Is nuclear energy really the ‘cheapest source of electricity’?
AFRICA CHECK
The South African government’s nuclear ambitions have been dogged by controversy with questions about the secrecy surrounding procurement discussions and the potential costs involved. But Brian...
 
 
22 Aug 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows
ELECTRICITY
The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading...
 
 
03 Aug 2016
 
Eskom: Power alert 2 - Types of generating plants to meet electricity demand
STATEMENT
Electricity cannot be stored, and must therefore be used as it is generated. It is important that the amount of electricity needed at any point in time should be matched by the amount generated....
 
 
 
                       
 
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