Posted on 27. Mar, 2013 by Marcus.
South Africa must cut power consumption by 10 percent to 15 percent to avoid a repeat of rolling blackouts that crippled the mining industry in 2008, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said. “South Africans are starting to realize that we need to use energy efficiently,” Peters said in an interview in Durban yesterday. State-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. [...]
Electricity demand has remained static, requiring an urgent change in future energy plans, National Planning Commission (NPC) member Anton Eberhard said on Wednesday. “Electricity demand today is still at 2007 levels. It’s unprecedented. In the entire history of the electricity industry in South Africa we’ve never had such a long period of static demand,” he [...]
Posted on 12. Dec, 2012 by Marcus.
By Paul Frazier In the long term, green energy could be more cost efficient than conventional energy in South Africa and this idea is steadily growing. Over the past few years, South Africa has aimed to attract global green energy investors to help develop the country’s renewable energy programme, which is behind schedule compared to other [...]
Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by Marcus.
The specific energy consumption reductions achieved by various energy efficiency projects or technologies must be proven and be sustainable if they are to receive funding from development organisations and fund managers for energy efficiency projects. In fact, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Green Energy Efficiency Fund (GEEF) team leader Jose-Luis Bobes and KfW principal programme manager Dr Wolfgang Ryllargue [...]
I wonder how many of you know that yesterday was the first day of COP 18, the UN climate change conference in Doha. It’s the sequel to COP 17 in Durban last year, which was the sequel to COP 16 in Cancún the year before, which was the sequel to COP 15 in Copenhagen, which was the sequel [...]
Posted on 23. Nov, 2012 by Marcus.
A series of Certified Energy Manager (CEM) training programmes has been implemented to keep up with the demand for CEMs to support the energy efficiency programmes where building owners and managers are trying to reduce overall energy consumption. A CEM is experienced in all the aspects of energy management. The approved training provider for the [...]
The Presidency and Department of Energy South Africa have come under fire for failing to accept a memorandum from groups protesting against the expansion of nuclear energy projects in the country. Thousands of activists on Saturday took to the streets of central Johannesburg, demanding that Eskom abandon its plan to build six nuclear power stations. [...]
South Africa’s first ever institutional Green Bond has been launched. The R5bn bond will be used to fund the growth of green and energy efficient industries. Issued by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa‚ Nedbank‚ in line with its ongoing commitment to sustainability‚ is the lead arranger and manager of the Green Bond. [...]
Posted on 09. Nov, 2012 by Marcus.
South Africa will experience twice the global average temperature rise caused by climate change‚ Bob Scholes‚ CSIR systems ecologist‚ told the Geological Society of South Africa’s conference on South Africa Energy Production. “Whereas the global temperature will rise by 3 degrees Celsius‚ in southern Africa the rise will be 6 degrees over the next fifty [...]
Posted on 08. Nov, 2012 by Cara.
Standard Bank Group Ltd. (SBK), Africa’s largest lender, increased funding for wind energy and solar energy projects in South Africa and took equity stakes in four clean-power ventures as the country expands its renewable-energy industry. Standard Bank will underwrite 9.4 billion rand ($1.1 billion) of debt for 11 of the 28 projects approved by the government [...]