Tag Archives: Africa

South Africa: Nation Faces More Widespread Power Cuts

Johannesburg – With the increase in electricity demand, load shedding remains a reality for the near future for South Africa, says power utility Eskom. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said the country had just about exhausted the electricity reserve margin and any slight pressure might trigger power cuts. Matona spent […]

South Africa: Power Supplier Announces Rolling Blackouts

Johannesburg — Eskom took to social media on Friday to announce it had implemented stage one rolling blackouts. “Due to the electricity demand that has exceeded the supply; Eskom implemented load shedding Stage 1 from 11h00 until 22h00 tonight,” it posted on the social media website Twitter shortly before noon. “Schedules for Eskom customers are […]

South Africa: Petrol Price To Drop By Over R1

The price of 93 and 95 octane petrol will decrease by R1.27 and R1.23 a litre on Wednesday, the energy department said on Friday. The price of diesel would decrease by between R1.04 and R1.05 per litre. The price of illuminating paraffin would decrease by R1.44 per litre. Liquefied petroleum gas would decrease by R2.10/kg. […]

Africa: What Tech Will Take Off in Developing Nations in 2015?

By Katia Moskvitch ‘Light’ will be the buzz word next year. The UN has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, with the goal of raising global awareness of how such technologies can help development by providing solutions to challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. But besides light, developing nations are […]

Ghana: Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP)

Comments On The 2015 Budget Statement With Focus On The Energy Sector POWER SECTOR 1. The Power Sector as the Anchor in the Budget The budget exposed the country’s over-reliance on energy for the achieving the transformation agenda. Particularly, the fundamental pillars expected to derive the economy in 2015 are: i. The completion of Ghana’s […]

South Africa: Coal, Nuclear and Gas Lobbies Hold Back Progress Made On Carbon Policy

South Africa has made good progress on climate policy, but that could be held up by a new emerging political economy in the country that can only be described as “more coal, more nuclear, and more gas”, said Saliem Fakir of the WWF . Sadly for South Africans, while there is an understanding of the […]

Africa: Harnessing Water to Power Africa

opinion By Zerihun Abebe Yigzaw Looking at the earth during a night flight across the continent Africa tells all the grim story of a darker and invisible continent; face it, it is not as illuminated as many continents are on earth – mainly Europe, North America and parts of Asia. Save for the North-Eastern corner […]

South Africa: Early Christmas Gift for Motorists

The price of all grades of petrol will fall by 69 cents a litre in December, said the Department of Energy (DoE) on Friday. A litre of petrol will cost R12.47, while it cost R12.06 at the coast. The price of Diesel 0.05% Sulphur will decrease by 53.3 cents a litre, while that of Diesel […]

Africa: Africa’s Biggest Solar Plant Opens

The new 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar power project in South Africa’s Northern Cape province is now online and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs. The Jasper plant, near Kimberly, is the largest on the continent and can produce 180 000 megawatt-hours of energy a year for South African residents, enough to […]

Africa: New Software to Help World Go Green

By Jan Piotrowski New software could help the world go green efficiently – while minimising environmental damage. Called SWITCH, the tool was presented by a team from the US-based University of California, Berkeley, at the International Alliance of Research Universities’ Sustainability Science Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark on 23 October. The program determines the most efficient […]

Africa: Will Cheaper Oil Reduce Your Grocery Bill?

By Chris Arsenault Rome — After years of high prices, the cost of oil has fallen by around 20 percent in recent months, and some consumers are enjoying cheaper food as a result. International food prices have dropped to their lowest levels since August 2010, a U.N. agency announced on Thursday. Analysts believe falling energy […]

Africa: Climate Change, Energy, and Stopping the Ebola Epidemic

press release By Africa Progress Panel Caroline Kende-Robb — Ebola has already dealt a catastrophic blow to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – all emerging from the shadows of conflict – and far too many are still dying from one of the world’s most virulent diseases. On current trajectories we can expect to see 1.4 […]

Africa: Renewable Energies – a Double-Edged Sword

By Bradnee Chambers Bonn — The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has set a target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2. One way countries can meet their obligations is to switch energy production from the burning of fossil fuels to “renewables”, generally understood to include wind, wave, tidal, hydro, solar […]

Southern Africa: Mozisa Transmission Line to Boost Power Trading in SADC

By Kizito Sikuka Construction of a new power transmission line linking Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe is expected to improve connectivity and electricity trading in southern Africa. Commonly referred to as the Mozambique-Zimbabwe-South Africa (MoZiSa) Transmission Project, the venture involves the three countries who are all linked to the regional grid. All the power utilities […]

South Africa: Survivor – Eskom Edition, in Two Easy Episodes

analysis By Dirk De Vos Our Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, says privatisation has been rejected and Eskom’s chairman, Zola Tsotsi, also says privatisation of the utility will not happen. We should probably wait for Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to present his medium-term budget policy statement next week, which will have to include how […]

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