Tag Archives: ENERGY

U.S. net energy imports in 2017 fall to their lowest levels since 1982

Total net energy imports to the United States fell to 7.3 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2017, a 35% decrease from 2016 and the lowest level since 1982, when both gross imports and gross exports were much lower.

Africa: Why African Energy Choices Need to Be Low Carbon – for the Continent’s Own Sake

analysis By Mark New, University of Cape Town Africa is the , with the fastest growing population. Rapid and sustained economic development is needed to overcome poverty. This development will need energy, and lots of it. The challenge is to do this without warming the planet further, as this would cause additional dangerous climate impacts […]

Malawi: U.S Energy Company to Establish Malawi Plant in 2016

By Gerald Viola American Energy Company has committed to establish a plant in Malawi by 2016 in order to reduce power deficit hitting the southern African country. Paul Hinks, Chief Executive Director of US Energy Company who is also the Chairperson of Copper Council disclosed this during the lecture on Democratization and Economic Self Reliance […]

South Africa: Geothermal Tech Is Expensive, but Should Still Be Part of Energy Mix

analysis By Taufeeq Dhansay, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa, the leading carbon emitter in Africa, has geothermal resources that can be used to generate electricity and reduce its carbon emissions. But, a recent study suggests that the potential cost is prohibitive, unless strong incentives are provided. South Africa is heavily dependent on coal and […]

Africa: Energy – Why the Grid Isn’t Always the Answer

analysis The World Bank recently announced that between May 2014 and May 2015, Kenya’s national . The electrification of poor settlements clearly . But in most cases the electrification of poor rural settlements has yet to spur the transformational economic growth – in productivity, manufacturing and off-farm employment – that many had hoped for. Evidence […]

South Africa: The Risks Attached to Nation’s Nuclear Energy Strategy

analysis By Vladimir Slivyak, Russian National Research University the Higher School of Economics According to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the South African government has entered into a nuclear energy procurement process likely to be completed as early as 2016. So far, South Africa has signed Intergovernmental Framework Agreements on nuclear co-operation with Russia, France, China, […]

South Africa: What’s the Attraction of Nuclear Energy?

analysis The nuclear energy sector future looks to be in dire straits. Most of the current new builds are in China but in 2014, China paid $ 9-billion for nuclear while spending $ 83-billion on wind and solar. French nuclear company Areva, once the standard bearer for nuclear, is now technically bankrupt. Most telling is […]

South Africa: MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela Hands Over Energy Efficient Houses in Delft, 18 Aug

press release Thirteen (13) energy efficient houses will be handed over to beneficiaries of the Delft 3 and 5 housing project in Delft today, ensuring they will stay warm in winter without having to incur much heating costs. The project, when complete, will deliver 1951 units of which more than 820 have already been handed […]

Egypt: Petroleum Minister – Energy Is Essence of Economic Development in Egypt

Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail said that energy represents the essence of economic development in Egypt. The Minister pointed out that the exceptional circumstances witnessed by Egypt during the past four years created a temporary gap between the production and consumption of natural gas and petroleum products. Ismail stressed that there is a clear vision to […]

South Africa: Cosatu Statement On the Introduction of Nuclear Energy

press release The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has noted the plans to build 6 to 8 nuclear power stations. Reports indicate that the introduction of this technology will cost between 400 billion and 1 trillion rand to build. This large sum of money required for financing nuclear energy will come from the […]

Ethiopia: Ethio-US Bond Bears Fruit in Energy

By Abebe Wolde-Giorgis There are many reasons for his company to show interest to exploit geotermal resources in Ethiopia As a fast growing economy, the annual energy demand of the nation is increasing by 20 per cent and taking this in to consideration the government is mobilizing both domestic and foreign financial resources to meet […]

Consensus process provides alternate approach to energy efficiency standard development

July 21, 2015 Source: stock photo Last month a group of industry stakeholders, and energy efficiency and environmental advocates, along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), proposed . The working group represents an alternate approach to energy efficiency standards development within DOE. Formed in 2013 by DOE’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, the . […]

Africa: Five People Who Can Change Africa’s Energy Path

analysis Five international experts in the energy sector will spend a week in October sharing insights and knowledge with leaders from about 12 to 15 African countries working in the power sector, in an effort to boost energy development on the continent. The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB) course – headed […]

Africa: Ten Ways to Finance Energy in Africa

column By Caroline Kende-Robb Can we stave off catastrophic climate change while building the energy systems needed to power growth, create jobs and lift millions of people out of poverty? That’s a crucial question for Africa. No region has done less to contribute to the climate crisis, but no region will pay a higher price […]

South Africa: Wind Energy No Longer a Minor Player in SA

By Adam Wakefield Wind energy is around half of all renewable energy currently produced in South Africa. As we lurch from one day of load shedding to the next, the sector is showing no sign of losing speed, rather the opposite. Johan van den Berg, CEO of the SA Wind Energy Association, told News24 in […]

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