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27 April 2017
                       
 
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CSIR’s formal IRP submission deviates dramatically from Base Case
ELECTRICITY
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) formal input into the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) public consultation process, which ended on March 31, proposes a new-build mix...
 
 
23 Mar 2017
 
Break Free: Funeral procession outside the Department of Energy to highlight the impacts of Fossil Fuels
STATEMENT
Today, activists of the BREAKFREE coalition have taken part in a funeral procession outside the Department of Energy (DoE) in Pretoria to highlight the impacts that coal-fired power stations are...
 
 
01 Mar 2017
 
Greenpeace Africa: Greenpeace Africa response to the coal truck driver strike action in Tshwane
STATEMENT
Chaos has descended upon the capital city as truck drivers brought the city to a halt. Coming together under the leadership of the Coal Transporters Forum, the drivers have expressed grave concern...
 
 
23 Feb 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost
ELECTRICITY
The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity...
 
 
06 Feb 2017
 
Commodity prices and investment prospects for African countries in a brave new world
SAIIA
How drastically the world has changed since this time last year. The cumulative odds on a Trump electoral win and a ‘yes’ to the Brexit referendum were 20 to 1. This shows how poor we are at...
 
 
17 Jan 2017
 
 
 
"Eskom wrong about renewable energy costs"
OPINION
Eskom claims that renewable energy is causing a “net loss to the economy”, but if we look into the future and beyond vested interests, it is easy to see that renewable energy is now the cheapest...
 
 
10 Nov 2016
 
 
 
Carbon tax will help lower South Africa’s emissions, study shows
CARBON TAX
A newly published analysis of South Africa’s proposed carbon tax suggests that the intervention could have a “significant impact in reducing the country’s emissions”, while having only modest...
 
 
04 Nov 2016
 
The order is fading
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY
A line from American folk singer Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic ‘The Times They Are a-Changin'’ has deep resonance for the position the domestic and international electricity supply industry currently...
 
 
12 Aug 2016
 
Eskom letter opens festering wounds
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY
Revelations last month that Eskom is insisting on consultations with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson before signing any further power purchase agreements with private generators has opened...
 
 
21 Jul 2016
 
 
 
Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector
ELECTRICITY
News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent...
 
 
11 Jul 2016
 
Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report
RESEARCH REPORT
This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility...
 
 
07 Jul 2016
 
NT: Statement on the IMF report
STATEMENT
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has today published the outcome of its Article IV consultation with South Africa that took place between 18 April and 4 May 2016. The IMF holds bilateral...
 
 
03 Jun 2016
 
Realities of modern energy planning
LOW-CARBON FUTURE
Energy technologies involve two realities that influence the way we do our planning: certainty and uncertainty. There is certainty in tried and tested stuff, and this relates to our experience and...
 
 
11 May 2016
 
SA: Committee congratulates team SA for doing a good job
STATEMENT
The Select Committee on Appropriations noted with appreciation the recent decision by Moody’s Investors Service (or Moody’s) to keep South Africa’s credit ratings unchanged. For this reason, the...
 
 
26 Apr 2016
 
Low commodity prices hamper South Africa’s job creation efforts
ECONOMY
There is little hope that South Africa’s manufacturing, mining, electricity, construction and transport sectors will create jobs unless commodity prices strengthen, economist Mike Schüssler...
 
 
 
                       
 
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