As oil crashed, renewables attracted record $329bn

2016-01-14 20:00

The slump in oil prices that’s brought upheaval and cost-cutting to the traditional energy industry spared renewables such as solar and wind, raking $329bn investment last year.

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign new deal on Nile dam

2015-12-30 16:18

Two French firms have been appointed to study the environmental impact of Ethiopia's dam as Addis Ababa pledge to respect Egypt's interests.

UK Supreme Court rules against Trump over wind farm

2015-12-16 15:35

Britain's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against tycoon and US presidential contender Donald Trump in his pitched battle to stop an offshore wind farm near his upscale Scottish golf resort.

France, Germany to fund renewables in Africa

2015-12-01 16:00

France will commit €2bn towards boosting renewable energy in Africa before 2020.

Nuclear and renewable: SA's ambitious new energy mix

2015-11-23 06:39

Heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity, SA is launching ambitious new projects aimed at diversifying its energy sources and avoiding load shedding.

Grid access trips up renewable energy sector

2015-11-04 22:30

The rules of the renewable energy game in SA are no longer clear due to grid connection challenges, says an IPP developer at Windaba.

No wind energy in SA without Danish - expert

2015-11-04 18:31

Without help from the Danish and other key investors, SA might not have had a wind energy sector, says the head of the Department of Energy's IPP office.

Greenpeace barred from bidding for German coal mine

2015-11-03 20:00

Greenpeace says it has been barred from bidding for the German coal operations of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, which the environmental activists intended to shut down.

Senegal turns to sewage in bid to meet renewable goals

2015-10-23 09:00

In one of the first projects of its kind in Africa, Senegal's government and charitable organisations are installing new toilets that turn waste into compost or break down matter with worms in a bid to lower health risks.

SA BMW plant to get power from manure, waste

2015-10-16 19:39

BMW SA’s Pretoria plant will get up to 30% of its power through renewable energy from a biogas project, says the German car maker.


Bladeless wind turbines – never bet against human ingenuity

2015-12-31 16:05

Alec Hogg takes a look at an amazing Spanish invention. At half the cost of existing turbines, commercialisation of the bladeless wind turbine is planned for mid-2017.

As hydropower dries up, Tanzania moves towards fossil fuels

2015-12-29 14:30

As drought cripples its hydropower plants, Tanzania is struggling to meet power demands and is moving towards using more fossil fuels to make up the shortfall.

Signs the renewable energy sector is overheating

2015-12-04 06:26

Energy expert Chris Yelland explores if there is an 'overheating' of the global renewable energy sector and a correction in the trajectory of adoption of renewable energy.

From dung to BMWs at green energy plant in Pretoria

2015-11-24 08:56

Forty minutes east of Pretoria, amid the lowing of thousands of cows and the strong stink of dung, a small factory has taken on the challenge of turning manure into energy.

Renewable energy supply to double in major economies by 2030

2015-11-05 11:00

Renewable energy supply in eight major economies will collectively more than double by 2030 due to new national climate and energy plans, a study. shows.

Eskom's money woes 'threaten renewable energy'

2015-11-04 19:30

Eskom's finances threatens to hinder the growth of the renewable energy sector in South Africa, just when it is needed most, warns an industry expert.

Joemat-Pettersson: Be part of winds of change

2015-11-04 15:25

The impact of wind energy on conserving the country's scarce water sources cannot be ignored, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Converting cow dung into (horse) power

2015-10-28 09:09

In an effort to go green, BMW SA's division recently partnered with biogas producer, Bio2Watt. This means a third of its electricity for its Rosslyn plant will be generated from cow dung.

IPPs on track despite Eskom freeze, says Nene

2015-10-21 14:57

The bid window for independent power producers is on track despite Eskom’s announcement that it has stopped issuing budget quotes,says the finance minister.

Gold Reef City hydro power idea ‘can be done’

2015-10-14 07:42

Turning Gold Reef City’s abandoned mine shafts into a pumped storage hydroelectric scheme can be done, says an executive with 40 years’ experience in the mining industry.

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