Monthly Archives: February 2015

Renewable Energy can Tackle Eskom Woes

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With power utility Eskom struggling to keep the lights on in SA, renewable energy can provide some answers to the parastatal’s woes. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), SA has a high level of renewable energy potential and presently has in place a target of 10 000GWh of renewable energy. The department has a goal Continue Reading

Government in R1 trillion Nuclear Strategy

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The government is forging ahead with plans to spend as much as R1 trillion on new nuclear plants, ignoring objections from environmental activists, opposition parties, unions and even its own advisers. Bids would be sought from the US, China, France, Russia and South Korea to add 9 600 megawatts of atomic power to the national Continue Reading

Richards Bay Coal Exports Climb to Record in 2014

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Exports from South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the world’s largest single facility for the fuel, rose to a record in 2014. The terminal shipped 71.2 million metric tons last year compared with 70.2 million tons 12 months earlier, Chief Executive Officer Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane told reporters at the port on Tuesday. It also received 72.4 Continue Reading

Rolling Blackouts Prompt Some South Africans to Go Off Grid

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South Africa’s state utility, Eskom, is battling to meet the country’s demand for power – implementing an aggressive schedule of electricity load shedding to prevent the grid from collapsing. Unreliable power supply is prompting some to become increasingly self-sufficient, producing energy in their own homes from cleaner, renewable sources. In Johannesburg, keeping the lights on Continue Reading