Government takes the next step to address power supply

2019-12-13 15:29

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy says it will launch a risk mitigation power purchase programme to alleviate current electricity supply constraints.

Comparing me to Trump is an insult, Mantashe claps back at renewables jibe

2019-10-23 18:48

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe South Africa was not as developed as European and western economies and could not be held to the same standard as these advanced economies when it came to reducing emissions.

Electricity generation master plan to be tabled before Cabinet next week, Mantashe says

2019-10-08 11:03

The Integrated Resource Plan describes the state's plan for future energy generation, including projected electricity demand, cost estimated, and energy sources.

Axing of renewable energy office head a major setback, say energy experts

2019-07-24 05:00

Energy experts say the axing of the head of the Independent Power Producer’s office Karen Breytenbach will be a major setback to South Africa’s renewable energy programme that will send the wrong signals to potential investors.

OPINION: Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa's poor

2019-06-01 16:00

The negative impacts of climate change increase as the temperature increase – and the poor suffer the most, say Harald Winkler and Andrew Marquard.

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.

Most South Africans want investment in renewables, not coal – survey

2019-04-25 05:00

Most South Africans want foreign investment in electricity generation to focus on renewable energy and not on coal, according to an international survey released on Wednesday.

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.

SA faces hefty $124bn energy 'transition risk'

2019-03-27 22:05

South Africa faces a “transition risk” of $124 billion between now and 2035 if it carries on with business as usual while the rest of the world cuts greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

Want to boost foreign investment and limit load shedding? Look to renewables

2019-03-15 06:00

The CSIR found that without renewables, load shedding would have hit SA harder in 2018. In 2015, 85% of all foreign direct investment in SA was attributed to local renewables. So why is the Coal Transportation Forum taking Eskom to court? asks Brenda Martin.


Gordhan: Govt won't scrap costly renewables contracts, but will renegotiate them

2019-12-03 18:41

Government has no plans to scrap costly contracts with renewable energy independent power producers, but is trying to renegotiate the contracts down, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Mantashe: I'm no coal fundamentalist

2019-10-08 15:46

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said a golden opportunity lay ahead for wind energy investors to exploit, as off-grind energy solutions would boost the country’s energy consumption without burdening the national energy grid.

The world's biggest offshore wind farm could be cheaper than coal

2019-09-21 08:00

The world’s biggest offshore wind park will probably in the next decade generate power more cheaply than by burning coal.

Carbon tax way too low to curb emissions, say experts

2019-06-07 07:00

Experts say the carbon tax introduced this week is so low it will have almost no effect in curbing South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions that are increasing at a rate faster than the world average.

SA could be renewables forerunner - expert

2019-05-18 10:29

There's no reason why SA shouldn't be among the forerunners in creative renewable energy solutions, according to the chief digital officer at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Saudi Arabia may build new oil refinery in SA - Radebe

2019-05-02 13:45

South Africa is in discussions with Saudi Arabia about building a new oil refinery in the country, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

Standard Bank confirms withdrawing funding of new coal IPP projects in SA

2019-04-17 22:00

Standard Bank has now explicitly confirmed that it is not involved in the financing of either the Thabametsi or Khanyisa new coal IPP projects.

With the new power price, solar geysers are almost – but not quite – starting to make financial sense

2019-04-04 05:26

Thanks to the latest electricity price increases, solar geysers are looking like a much better financial proposition than before. But unless you get money cheap, or have a horizon of more than five years, our calculations suggest it is not yet time to rip out and replace a working electric geyser.

SA could hold the key to an energy game changer

2019-03-20 06:30

SA holds two-thirds of the power generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa and it has abundant resources – including a key component required for a potential game changer in Africa's energy landscape. But it needs to align its focus with what investors want, says Bhavtik Vallabhjee.

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.

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