ARTICLES RELATING TO ENERGY

Natural gas can keep motors running

2014-08-19 10:54

Cheap natural gas is starting to revolutionise traffic on US roads, cutting bills for some of the country's heaviest fuel users while reducing carbon emissions.

Sweden may build a nuclear reactor for research

2014-08-14 13:52

The Swedish government is looking at building a nuclear reactor purely for research, although a decision will not be taken until after a general election in September.

SA's coal clean-up digs deep with gasification

2014-08-13 16:28

If scientists are right, coal in the future could produce electricity without ever leaving the ground.

Bangladesh approves $4.6bn energy project

2014-08-13 14:00

Bangladesh has approved a $4.6bn project to build coal-fired power plants and a deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal with Japanese funding.

Mexican president signs landmark energy law

2014-08-11 20:09

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed into law a package of laws that promises to lure big investment in the ailing oil, gas and electricity sectors.

Pollution from Keystone more than expected

2014-08-11 09:50

The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the state department calculated earlier this year, a new study says.

Eskom app off to a solid start

2014-08-08 08:00

Eskom appears to have had a solid start to the launch of their smartphone app designed to encourage electricity users to be aware of their consumption.

DBSA gets R1.4bn for N Cape solar project

2014-08-07 06:00

The Development Bank of Southern Africa has signed a R1.4bn finance contract to support a concentrated solar power project in the Northern Cape.

R80m US solar plant to open in Cape Town

2014-08-05 08:46

A United States firm is set to open an R80m, 120 MW solar production facility in Cape Town, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Eskom gives Free State reprieve on power cut

2014-08-02 09:31

Eskom has agreed to suspend the disconnection of bulk electricity to Free State municipalities.

Go solar and save

2014-07-31 09:23

Households may have to examine alternative forms of energy after Eskom has been given permission to raise electricity prices above the 8% previously granted.

5 things to know about coal & climate change

2014-07-28 14:28

Here are 5 things to know about how US coal exports shift the global warming problem onto other countries.

Greenpeace protest against Lego & Shell

2014-07-28 08:57

Greenpeace activists protested outside a Lego store in Chile, condemning a deal between the Toy Company and Shell that the environmental group says is 'polluting kids' imaginations.'

Fraud a problem in the energy sector

2014-07-23 15:55

Africa's oil and gas sector shows growth despite regulatory uncertainty, but fraud and corruption remain an impediment, according to a report.

Jihadists kill 90 in Syria gas field takeover

2014-07-18 12:48

Jihadists have killed at least 90 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group says.

Putin tells Brics to set up energy bloc

2014-07-16 09:35

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed setting up a Brics energy association, including a fuel reserve to increase the energy security of emerging nations.

Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina

2014-07-13 10:18

Putin has signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on a trip to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America.

9 items for your worry list

2014-07-09 09:40

Worrying can make you sick – yes, really. Your mother-in-law, your boss, your bank manager, your husband’s pretty secretary – they all occupy time and energy.

A bird that holds sway over US Senate

2014-07-07 14:17

An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the US Senate in the coming elections.

Num against nuclear energy

2014-07-02 19:35

The National Union of Mineworkers does not support nuclear power to alleviate the country's energy crisis, says its acting president.

Eskom coal is a killer, new study says

2014-07-02 13:58

New research has found that Eskom is responsible for the most dangerous pollution in the country.

Electricity supply very tight - Eskom

2014-06-26 16:06

The power system will be heavily constrained on Thursday night (tonight), Eskom has warned.

Zim switches $1.3bn tender to new China firm

2014-06-25 12:34

Zimbabwe has awarded a $1.3bn thermal power generation project to China's Sino Hydro after another Chinese company failed to conclude the contract.

Brazil offers Angola $2bn credit

2014-06-17 09:46

Brazil has offered Angola a new credit line worth $2bn for use in its energy and construction sectors.

India says Greenpeace endangers economic security

2014-06-13 09:39

India's domestic spy service has accused Greenpeace of hurting economic progress by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food.

 

Prepare for big electricity shock

2014-08-18 14:48
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Eskom is so far behind with its maintenance that growing instability of its power stations is becoming a serious threat to the country.

Eskom focuses on illegal connections

2014-08-13 18:00

During the Eskom National Electricity Safety Week Eskom is promoting and educating the public on the safe use of electricity.

New Malawi president stakes claim to lake

2014-08-13 15:41

Malawian President Mutharika has affirmed his country's claim to Lake Malawi as a feud simmers with Tanzania over the vast territory where both sides are hoping to find oil.

Energy revolution will be on roads and railroads

2014-08-12 13:11

The most important question for energy analysts is what technology will revolutionise the system next.

Scientists store energy in used cigarettes

2014-08-11 12:38

Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could help power mobile phones to electric cars.

Risk of disruption of energy supply - expert

2014-08-10 12:20

The world's energy resources are primarily extracted from "volatile" or underdeveloped regions, creating a real risk of disruption of supply, warns an expert.

Eskom break-up remains taboo - expert

2014-08-06 13:24

An expert explains why there has been a long-standing taboo in South Africa regarding the possible break-up of Eskom and move to private power generation.

Shell 'failing' to clean oil pollution in Nigeria

2014-08-04 08:04

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell, Amnesty International and other groups have charged.

More gloom amid bigger electricity hikes

2014-08-01 13:51

An additional increase in electricity tariffs on top of the 8% already granted to Eskom is unlikely to aid economic growth, says an expert.

Act now on climate or see costs soar: White House

2014-07-29 13:02

Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the US more in the long run, the White House says in a report meant to bolster actions to address global warming

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

2014-07-28 13:30

Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

Ramaphosa: SA caught with its pants down

2014-07-25 05:00
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SA ran out of energy and financial institutions should help government fund a nuclear build programme to rectify this, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Don't overcharge electricity consumers - Nersa

2014-07-23 05:00

A standardised tariff for electricity resellers is needed to avoid consumers being overcharged, says energy regulator Nersa.

Future of Toyota in hydrogen fuel cells

2014-07-17 11:09

Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

UK energy sector under pressure

2014-07-15 15:43

British energy companies are under pressure to improve the way they announce outages or capacity reductions.

Eskom posts R7.1bn profit

2014-07-11 14:56
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Eskom has reported a first-quarter net profit of R7.1bn, up from R5.2bn the previous year, but says revenues and profits are traditionally higher in winter.

Greenpeace blocks Chevron's shale gas site

2014-07-08 09:42

About 20 Greenpeace activists have blocked access to a Romanian shale gas exploration site run by US energy group Chevron, in a third attempt to scupper the company's operations.

Hawaii utility using lasers to protect seabirds

2014-07-03 22:31

An electric utility in Hawaii is experimenting with using lasers to protect migrating seabirds. Threatened species are being injured and killed when they fly into lines and poles while migrating.

NUM against nuclear energy

2014-07-02 19:34

The National Union of Mineworkers does not support nuclear power to alleviate the country's energy crisis, says its acting president.

Residents fear oil discovery in Malawi

2014-06-27 09:53

No one knows for sure if Malawi has oil. But, as work gets underway, residents wonder whether the oil will be a blessing or a curse, which will destroy their life.

Mozambique to build two hydropower plants

2014-06-25 16:01

Mozambique has approved a plan to build two hydropower plants to meet growing energy demand in the central province of Tete.

N Zealand may allow oil rig in dolphin sanctuary

2014-06-24 11:42

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has dismissed concerns about allowing oil exploration in waters set aside to protect the world's rarest dolphin as 'mumbo jumbo'.

Eskom update about weekend power

2014-06-13 12:37

Eskom has given an update about electricity supply over the weekend after deliberate power cuts became necessary due to constraints on the power system.

Anger rises as India swelters

2014-06-12 16:20

Swathes of north India are sweltering under the longest heatwave on record, triggering widespread breakdowns in the supply of electricity and increasingly angry protests over the government's failure.

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