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28 March 2017
                       
 
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22 Mar 2017
 
 
 
 
S&P affirms Eskom rating on ‘extremely high’ likelihood of govt support as liquidity weakens
ESKOM
S&P Global Ratings has sustained a negative outlook on Eskom after affirming its 'BB-' sub-investment-grade rating this week, pointing to the State-owned electricity utility’s weakening liquidity...
 
 
15 Mar 2017
 
 
 
Eskom initiates talks on triggering government support to cover IPP costs
ESKOM
Eskom has written to the signatories of the Government Support Framework Agreement (GSFA) – which guarantees support for the State-owned utility in meeting its obligation to buy electricity from...
 
 
28 Feb 2017
 
 
 
Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists
RENEWABLE ENERGY
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South...
 
 
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...
 
 
20 Feb 2017
 
Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE
COAL
Coal and energy company Minergy said on Monday that it will list on the Botswana Stock Exchange in the first half of this year and is also planning a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing in 2017’s...
 
 
17 Feb 2017
 
Watching brief
REAL ECONOMY: GREEN MANUFACTURING
The closure and possible liquidation of an Eastern Cape wind-tower manufacturing facility only four years after it opened raises serious questions about whether business can truly rely on...
 
 
03 Feb 2017
 
Power narratives
REAL ECONOMY: ENERGY
Those who have always been cautious about believing what they read arguably possess a genuine edge in this era of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘post-truth politics’. Our skills of discernment are being...
 
 
30 Jan 2017
 
 
 
Accelerating Off-grid Renewable Energy: Key Findings and Recommendations from IOREC 2016
RECOMMENDATION
The business case for off-grid renewables as a means to expand rural electricity access keeps growing stronger, thanks to steady cost reductions and technological innovation. Yet further...
 
 
25 Jan 2017
 
 
 
Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016
RECOMMENDATION
At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016, up from less than 10 in 2005. The forthcoming report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – of...
 
 
23 Jan 2017
 
MINISTER DAVIES TO ADDRESS THE MEDIA ON HIS UK VISIT
What's On
South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will address the media on his visit to the United Kingdom. During the visit Minister Davies will have a bilateral meeting with his...
 
 
20 Jan 2017
 
Power battle lines
ELECTRICITY
The delicate balancing of the factional interests within the African National Congress (ANC) was a significant feature of the National Executive Committee’s 105th anniversary statement. It was even...
 
 
19 Jan 2017
 
 
 
Planning for the renewable future: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies
RECOMMENDATION
Ambitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress have prompted countries around the world to turn increasingly renewable energy to expand their power...
 
 
18 Jan 2017
 
 
 
Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch
PLATINUM
Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and...
 
 
 
 
IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs
RENEWABLE ENERGY
A legal opinion secured by the South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) relating to the refusal by Eskom to conclude contracts with 37 independent power producers (IPPs) selected as preferred...
 
 
Gordhan takes a stand for emerging markets at WEF
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Although the US as a super economic powerhouse impacts the rest of the world, emerging markets also matter to the global environment. This was the message from Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on...
 
 
 
                       
 
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