World’s biggest miner sees coal's era ending in shift to the battery age

2019-05-22 13:00

BHP Group, the world’s biggest miner, sees the outlook for thermal coal as challenged and won’t add production as it prioritises growth in commodities tied to the shift to renewable energy and electric transport.

New York is killing off its last coal-fired power plants

2019-05-10 20:56

The state’s environmental regulator says that it has finalised regulations requiring all power generators to meet new carbon-dioxide emissions limits

Carbon emissions at historic high

2019-05-03 18:58

A global surge in energy demand drove carbon emissions up by 1.7% last year to an historic high of 33.1 Gigatons, according to the International Energy Agency.

Activists slam decision to pump water to coal mines

2019-04-30 21:50

South African environmental groups have challenged the government’s decision to grant permission for a water project which aims to supply developments for its future coal reserves.

Mining contractor serves 274 employees with notices of dismissal at Wescoal mine

2019-04-24 09:49

JSE-listed mining group Wescoal says that 274 contract employees at one of its subsidiaries have been served with notices of dismissal following what it described as "work stoppages, strike actions and riots".

Sunday Read: Load shedding through the years and how Eskom has struggled to keep the lights on

2019-03-24 09:28

It's been 12 years since South Africans first experienced load shedding. See the country's history of power cuts and the multiple promises throughout the years that it would come to an end.

South Africa must end its coal habit. But it’s at odds about when and how

2019-03-02 08:30

Eskom’s problems point to the much bigger issue of a country struggling to map out a new energy regime, says Jacklyn Cock.

5 reasons renewables are here to stay

2019-02-25 21:36

Government has included renewables in the country's energy mix as part of plans to mitigate the impact of climate change, says energy Minister Jeff Radebe.

Radebe: Renewables aren't causing job losses in coal sector

2019-02-24 13:31

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says the involvement of coal in SA's energy mix will become clearer in policy once the integrated resources plan update is finalised.

Unbundling Eskom will cost us, but not restructuring would be worse

2019-02-18 06:34

Unbundling Eskom will cost the state coffers another bailout, but without a restructure the power utility could drag down the country's credit rating which will have dire consequences for the economy and jobs, analysts warn.

 

Shale gas ultimately part of SA energy plan - Radebe

2019-05-14 11:52

At the same time, he added, the fact that SA has an abundance of coal reserves cannot be ignored, especially since the price of coal remains relatively low.

ANC wants banks to be forced to fund SA coal mines

2019-05-06 09:57

South Africa’s banks should be forced to invest in new coal mines in the country, the ANC’s head of economic transformation has said.

Retrenched mine employees get 50% stake in Arnot on Workers' Day

2019-05-01 12:45

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has handed over a 50% shareholding in Arnot mine to retrenched employees, some three years after the mine was closed following Tegeta's successful bid to supply Eskom with coal.

'Kusile should be cancelled' – Greenpeace report

2019-04-26 06:30

Greenpeace believes there should be no further investment in coal-fired power stations and that it 'makes no sense' for Eskom to complete the Kusile Power Station project.

Not so easy to decommission power stations - Eskom official

2019-04-12 17:10

Before Eskom decommissions coal-fired power stations, it must have adequate social plans in place to support communities depending on the power stations to drive their economies, says an official.

Plan for Medupi and Ingula stations will be known by month end, says Eskom internal memo

2019-03-21 11:00

In an internal memo circulated among Eskom employees about the generation recovery plan, Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer said that the way forward for Medupi power station would be known before the end of March.

Eskom starts shutting down old coal power plants

2019-03-01 06:30

Eskom has begun shutting down its old power stations, with the closure of three units at the Hendrina power station near Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

The sorry state of air pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations

2019-02-25 12:47

With all the emphasis currently focussed on Eskom’s financial and operational sustainability and future structure, the utility’s environmental performance and sustainability is inevitably neglected, and indeed has become the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the money Gods.

Forget cigarette smuggling. The big money is in stealing coal

2019-02-23 08:49

We’ve heard about gold theft, but coal theft is the biggest game in town. It’s costing Eskom and coal companies billions of rands a year.

Policy, political innuendo can make SA coal unattractive to investors – Exxaro exec

2019-02-10 19:45

Be aware of the policy environment and political innuendos which could make SA seem unattractive for investors in the coal industry, says the executive head of coal operations at Exxaro Resources.

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