US duties on solar products will cause 'serious harm': China

2015-01-22 17:27

A US trade panel's move to impose import duties on solar products made in China and Taiwan will cause "serious harm", Beijing said Thursday, warning of the decision's global repercussions.


South Africa's dependence on fossil fuels to generate electricity is unsustainable, say environmental experts Happy Khambule and Neoka Naidoo. The country has the capacity to switch to renewable energy sources; watch to find out why.

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Four-point plan for Eskom turnaround

2015-01-21 13:55

The core problem with SA's electricity supply industry is that it has been over-regulated and nationalised for more than a century, says a business body.

Multiple dangers threaten the Okavango Delta

2015-01-20 12:10

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of Africa's natural wonders, but the new Unesco World Heritage Site is facing a multitude of threats, which could lead to its ecological collapse.

Eskom: It’s load-shedding or die

2015-01-18 17:51

Eskom has finally abandoned its “lights on at all costs” policy – and not a moment too soon for its beleaguered, ageing power plants.

Zuma refers energy bill back

2015-01-16 19:03

President Jacob Zuma has referred the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill back to the National Assembly for reconsideration, the presidency says.

Offshore wind would boost jobs

2015-01-14 20:23

Developing offshore wind technology in the Atlantic Ocean would produce twice the energy and job growth as drilling for oil would - group.

Power cuts will affect mine output, warns body

2015-01-14 18:00

An industry group has told Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson that further power constraints would lead to reduced mine output and plant closures.

R16.5bn biofuel plants won't affect food security

2015-01-14 07:30

The two canola seed biofuels plants being developed at a cost of R16.5bn in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumulanga will not affect food security in this county.

Madagascar government resigns over blackouts

2015-01-13 14:46

The government of Madagascar has resigned, the presidency announced, amid growing criticism and violent protests over the cabinet's handling of recurring power blackouts.

No indications of blackouts - Eskom

2015-01-13 11:38

There was no indication of rolling blackouts on Tuesday, but the power grid remains under pressure, says Eskom.

Power cuts not expected - Eskom

2015-01-12 17:34

Eskom is hopeful that power cuts would not become necessary on Monday evening.

Looming power blackouts threaten economy

2015-01-11 08:34

South Africa's capacity to generate electricity is shrinking due to ageing power plants, latest statistics show.

Zuma focuses on corruption

2015-01-10 15:38

President Jacob Zuma has devoted much of his speech talking about corruption, saying there is a misperception that the ANC is largely responsible for it.

Energy agency to inspect Japan’s disaster-hit plant

2015-01-08 13:25

The International Atomic Energy Agency will send a team of experts to Japan in mid-February for a fresh review of the country's efforts to scrap the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Power grid under significant pressure - Eskom

2015-01-07 11:18

South Africa's power grid is under significant pressure at the moment with reserve margins expected to be especially tight next week, says Eskom.

Statnett sees final decision on $2bn UK cable

2015-01-05 18:45

Norway's grid operator Statnett plans to make a final investment decision on a $1.8 - $2.48bn project to build the world's longest subsea cable to Britain.

First UAE nuclear plant to start in 2017

2014-12-22 14:45

The first nuclear reactor being built by the United Arab Emirates will come on line in 2017 and the rest will be fully operational by 2020, says an official.

Craving sugar? Blame your brain

2014-12-18 17:00

A mechanism that appears to sense how much glucose is reaching the brain and prompts animals to seek more if it detects a shortfall may play a role in driving our preference for sweet and starchy foods.

SA to start nuclear procurement process

2014-12-17 12:46

Government continues its engagements with various prospective nuclear vendor countries, says the presidency.

Denmark may get energy-rich Arctic waters

2014-12-15 14:38

Denmark will lay claim to energy-rich, but contested territory around the North Pole by submitting data to the UN which it says demonstrates the area is an extension of its continental shelf.

Apartheid to blame for blackouts - Zuma

2014-12-12 22:26

South Africa's energy problems are a product of apartheid and government was not to blame for the current blackouts, President Jacob Zuma says.

Jozi old age home in the dark due to power failure

2014-12-11 08:56

A power failure has caused the last working lift in an old-age home in Brakpan to break down, leaving its elderly residents no choice but to climb stairs in the eight-storey building.

Solar power runs home, office

2014-12-10 21:15

While frustrations mount because of Eskom's energy crisis, a Fin24 user shares how solar power is running his home and office - even leaving power to spare.


Eskom: We can provisionally meet demand

2015-01-22 17:27

If there is no technical breakdown this week Eskom will meet electricity demand, says the parastatal.

Tepco execs won't be prosecuted over Fukushima

2015-01-22 16:42

Japanese prosecutors have stuck to their decision not to indict three former Tepco executives over their handling of the Fukushima disaster, but a citizen's panel could still force an indictment.

UK energy watchdog sets price comparison codes

2015-01-21 15:30

Britain's energy regulator is introducing a code of practice for price comparison websites to make it easier for consumers to find better deals.

Minister favours split in energy and mining law

2015-01-21 13:39

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says he would prefer that South Africa's laws on oil and gas exploration be split from mining legislation.

Clean energy risks after oil price fall

2015-01-19 21:42

The fall in oil prices poses a threat to global efforts to boost renewable energy use and lower carbon emissions.

2015: The year to reach your fitness goals

2015-01-15 15:52

Get fit in eight weeks with SSISA'S GO-4-IT programme.

Egypt looks at gas imports from Israel - minister

2015-01-14 19:19

Egypt is open to importing gas from Israel, another sign that it may lean on its neighbour to help tackle its energy troubles, says the oil minister.

China orders more regions to cut coal consumption

2015-01-14 14:33

China's state planning agency has ordered the city of Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong to draw up plans to reduce coal consumption in a bid to improve air quality.

Calls for overhaul of France nuclear reactors

2015-01-13 17:13

France should build a new generation of nuclear reactors to replace its ageing power stations, the energy and environment minister says.

2015: The year to reach your fitness goals

2015-01-13 13:35

Get fit in eight weeks with SSISA'S GO-4-IT programme.

Fear of unforeseen Eskom system collapse

2015-01-13 10:59

A big worry is the fear of unforeseen incidents that might cause SA's entire electricity system to collapse, warns a business chamber.

$4bn India solar factory planned, demand climbs

2015-01-12 15:24

SunEdison is planning a $4bn factory in India to supply the country’s booming market for clean power.

Zuma: We have to serve the people

2015-01-10 18:20

President Jacob Zuma has listed energy, land, local governance and combating corruption as top priorities for the year ahead.

US House approves bill for Keystone oil pipeline

2015-01-10 11:34

The US House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorising the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation.

Govt at war with itself over Eskom - DA

2015-01-07 17:30

Government is at an ideological war with itself over whether to keep the Eskom monopoly or to allow greater market participation and competition, says the DA.

Brothers on the run after woman electrocuted

2015-01-06 19:42

Two brothers were on the run after illegal power connections to their shack resulted in the death of a woman in Intshawini, near Stanger.

SA power crisis: is hydrogen the answer?

2015-01-05 08:55

The Cape Flats Nature Reserve building is powered by a prototype hydrogen fuel cell power generator, which could hold the key to SA's energy shortage.

SA should have enough festive fuel

2014-12-22 12:34

Despite oil companies saying SA should have enough fuel for the festive season, the department of energy has sent out an urgent request to all South Africans.

Earthlife Africa slams nuclear 'pipe dream'

2014-12-18 09:06

Earthlife Africa has criticised plans to build nuclear power stations, saying they are not transparent and large infrastructure projects won't solve energy ills.

Tanzanian attorney general resigns over graft

2014-12-17 11:40

Tanzania's attorney general has resigned, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid.

13 killed at power plant site in Ecuador

2014-12-15 07:46

A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador's largest-ever infrastructure project has killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials say.

SA electricity compared to other countries

2014-12-12 21:15

Many households suffering blackouts have little sympathy as they face a further 12.69% rise in electricity prices next year.

What makes the world go round?

2014-12-11 06:45

There is more to the world than paying less for petrol at the pump, says Leopold Scholtz.

Prevent load shedding from spoiling your holiday

2014-12-10 20:00

A little planning and creativity can alleviate a lot of the unpleasantness of load shedding during the holidays, says an expert.

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