Carbon Industry News

Japan's Kuraray to buy Calgon Carbon for $1.1 bln

September 24, 2017

… Ltd will buy U.S. activated carbon firm Calgon Carbon Corp for $1.107… billion, Kuraray said on Thursday, adding the carbon materials firm… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Exactly How Many Times Did Trump Talk About Sovereignty?

September 23, 2017

long indeed – our contributions towards the rule of law; our determination to undertake the Paris Agreement in a steadfast manner; our policy of addressing global infrastructure demand through quality… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Alstom, Siemens Rail-Merger Talk Leaves Bombardier Hanging

enlarged Alstom, said the people.“No final decision has been made, discussions are ongoing and no agreement has been reached,” Alstom said in a statement Friday, confirming a Bloomberg News report the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Getting Fitted for the $2.6 Million Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar

of Formula One championship-­winning Red Bull Racing. It’s a hybrid race car for the street, a carbon fiber rocket powered by an astounding 1,000-plus-­horsepower V-12 engine that’s assisted by an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Sets Demands for Auto-Emission Talks With Trump

the short term, California has no intention of retreating from its legislative mandate to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, Nichols said. California Governor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Don't Think of It as a Car. Think of It as a Job.

700-kilowatt-hour battery is doing the job of moving rocks with reduced fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, while also capturing significant amounts of energy via its own normal operations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Dedication event for 66 MW solar PV plant declared a national key point

September 22, 2017

Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) held a dedication event on 20 September 2017 when its first large scale solar project in South Africa was declared a National Key Point for energy supply by the South African Police Service, making it the first EGP RSA facility to be given … Continue reading “Dedication event for 66 MW solar PV plant declared a national key point”

The Smog Chancellor

The Guardian, George Monbiot, 21 September, 2017. Who is the world’s leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017 Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be … Continue reading “The Smog Chancellor”

Why Merkel Re-Election Bid Matters Beyond Germany

If Merkel wins, what will change? Not all that much. A Merkel victory would be seen as reinforcing what Germany stands for, including export-led growth and the defense of EU unity. She’ll back German… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Cap-and-Trade Is Catching On in the Trump Era

Regional carbon markets are expanding in North America, putting a price on emissions from more power plants even as President Donald Trump seeks to ease restrictions on coal companies.Officials… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Investors Seeking Green Assets Make Companies (Somewhat) Cleaner

Growing investor appetite for low-carbon assets is pushing companies to hasten their transition to clean energy, but not nearly fast enough.About 68 percent of global investors intend to increase… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Donald Trump’s view on the issue.The New York-based banks are aiming for their operations to be carbon-neutral, Morgan Stanley by 2022 and Citi by the end of the decade, according to separate statements… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors

type,” said Charles W. Forsberg, a professor at MIT. “If we do not get our act together, the low-carbon energy business will be owned by the Chinese.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRIEF-Detour Gold says Minister of Environment, Climate Change declined to designate west detour project under Canadian …

September 21, 2017

… Minister of Environment, Climate Change has declined to designate west… – ‍does not intend to change overall timing for development of west detour… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Coal's problem is not climate change: Kemp

…By John Kemp LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. coal companies blame climate… transitions beyond natural gas is fraught with uncertainty but climate… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

UN and World Bank Ramp Up Finance for Climate Action

Yong Kim and Patricia Espinosa, the United Nations climate change chief, today announced plans to accelerate the flow of finance for climate action through a new platform dedicated to identifying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Citigroup Joins Corporate Climate Fight With Swift Energy Pledge

Citigroup Inc. plans to purchase or produce all of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, the company said during Climate Week New York, an annual affair of energy- and climate-related events… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Merkel’s Green Energy Policy Has Fueled Demand for Coal

challenges of the Energy Shift, we’re on track to be at the forefront of a radical switch from a carbon-powered economy, ” her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said in an Aug. 29 speech in Leipzig.The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Mobil's Futuristic FuelCell Carbon Capture Just Might Work

September 20, 2017

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s foray into carbon capture and storage technology with FuelCell Energy Inc. “is making progress,” Cowen & Co. analyst Jeffrey Osborne wrote in a research note Tuesday. The technology… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Russian Nuclear Giant Joins Scramble to Supply Electric-Car Boom

cars such as Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 and General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Bolt. Prices for lithium carbonate have more than doubled over the past two years to about $14,000 a metric ton, according to a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macron Uses UN Pedestal to Rebut Trump on Iran, Climate Deals

warned he’d destroy North Korea if they threatened the U.S., and he avoided any mention the Paris carbon emissions accord from which he’s begun the formal process of withdrawal. The dueling speeches… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Vehicles Give You More Choice

improves by 2 percent a year for each vehicle. Factor in, too, that electric vehicles are more carbon-intensive to manufacture, due to the battery. Let’s assume building the regular vehicle adds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Smart grids improve utility service, customer satisfaction

September 19, 2017

Most serious grid problems can be traced to the distribution grid rather than the transmission network, says Reji Kumar Pillai, the chairman of the Global Smart Grid Federation. Speaking to Energize at the recent Smart Grid conference, which was held at Eskom’s convention centre in Midrand, Pillai said that the … Continue reading “Smart grids improve utility service, customer satisfaction”

China Electric Cars Run On Coal But Are Still Cleaner

Different vehicles have different carbon footprints due to size, materials and so forth. For my purposes, I am going to use an assumption of 9.7 tons of carbon for a mid-sized vehicle, as per this… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cities, States and Businesses Put U.S. Halfway to Paris Goal

announced in June that the U.S. would exit the agreement.The study uses data from CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), that includes commitments from 22 states, 54 cities and 250 U.S.-based businesses… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Tilts to China in Climate Fight Amid Signs of Trump Softening

”To meet its carbon-reduction targets, set at 20 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030, the EU has moved to sustainable energy sources and established the world’s biggest carbon market. With China… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trash From Hurricane Irma Will Add Energy to Florida’s Power Grid

even once the ash is disposed of. Part of the mass of the original garbage is converted into carbon dioxide and released into the atmosphere. But this pollution may beat the alternative. If the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cohn Tells World Leaders U.S. Will Exit Paris Climate Deal

countries have not approached the U.S. with proposals to keep the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon pollution in the agreement, the official said.Read More: ‘Charming Betsy’ Doctrine Looms Over… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy solutions technology hits the road

September 18, 2017

Speaking to Energize on the final day of the Eaton Mobile Tech Day Tour, Malvin Naicker, the company’s sales director for Africa, said that the company is focused on providing electrical equipment into Africa to promote economic growth and development for the continent. A growing population, increasing urbanisation and an … Continue reading “Energy solutions technology hits the road”

SAPVIA: Green economy subcommittee established

The first five years of SAPVIA’s existence has focused on the embedding of solar PV into the fabric of South Africa’s electricity sector, ostensibly through the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) process. SAPVIA started in 2010 with six founding members, all who were solar PV development companies, however, in the … Continue reading “SAPVIA: Green economy subcommittee established”

EU Tilts to China in Climate Fight After Trump Exits Paris Deal

”To meet its carbon-reduction targets, set at 20 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030, the EU has moved to sustainable energy sources and established the world’s biggest carbon market. With China… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Oil Becomes Greener With Cuts to Greenhouse Gas Pollution

the green agenda.The reductions recorded by the 100 top companies saved 70.7 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, about as much as Israel emits in a year. Because emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid

September 16, 2017

A serious engineering study and report has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and suspended Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko on the limits and costs of accommodating significant levels of variable renewable energy capacity in the South African power grid. Note: To ensure … Continue reading “Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid”

Tesla's Irma Aid Hints at the Future of Connected Cars

hedge funds is setting up a “climate prediction market” to test market consensus on atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature rise.Climate change is also driving investment in “grapetech.”A… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GM's Record China Deliveries Mask Muted Electric Car Sales

electric vehicles more desirable and more affordable.”Cutting EmissionsGM expects to cut the average carbon dioxide emissions for its China fleet by 28 percent between 2016 and 2020, Barra said. By 2025… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Forward to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017

September 15, 2017

Nuclear power was born in a sea of euphoria out of a collective American guilt over dropping the atomic bomb. And for at least two decades it was the “clean” alternative to coal that was going to meet all of our energy needs forever. . Perhaps the most decisive document … Continue reading “Forward to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017”

U.S. Raises Odds of a Market-Roiling La Nina Forming This Winter

chance La Nina will arrive between November and January, up from 26 percent last month, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said in statement Thursday. The shift prompted the center to issue a watch… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

New York City to Require Big Buildings to Cut Carbon Emissions

fossil fuels and boost energy-efficiency, and said New York is the first major city to impose carbon reductions on existing buildings, according to a statement Thursday. The city will help support… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why UBS Is Bringing Its Climate-Proofing Strategy to Proxy Voting

amount of assets that participate in this.How is this different from low-carbon strategies?Strategies that are low-carbon or carbon light tend to divest from entire sectors or remove large numbers of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Irma Displaces World's Best Quant. Now He's on a Climate Mission

and coal consumption. He then calculated the carbon output with each ton of substance burned, and matched it with corresponding rising levels of carbon in the atmosphere.The numbers were indisputable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China, India Best Bets for Green Investors, Morgan Stanley Says

trillion in global losses. But that could be mitigated by investments aimed at reducing and removing carbon from the atmosphere, according to the report by Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Hinckley Yachts Unveils World’s First Fully Electric Luxury Boat

savings was achieved through liberal use of carbon fiber, both in the carbon-epoxy hull, conceived by noted boat designer Michael Peters, and in the carbon-fiber stringers, which lend it structure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Monster Storms Change Coastlines, Not Minds on Climate Change

there’s no indication they are shifting the politics of climate change.“We cannot ignore that carbon emissions are causing our ocean temperatures to get warmer, which is fueling more powerful hurricanes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What is the future of nuclear power?

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the introduction to the report. … Continue reading “What is the future of nuclear power?”

Status of the international nuclear industry

September 14, 2017

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the executive summary of the … Continue reading “Status of the international nuclear industry”

Hurricane Irma Swamps Miami as $200 Billion Threat Hits Land

billion in 2017 dollars after it slammed into New Orleans in 2005.Read more: How Science Links Climate Change to Irma’s Wallop: QuickTake Q&AIrma is “easily on track to be the new No. 1 storm unless… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Coal Seeks New Life as Carbon Fiber for Submarines

ultra-lightweight fibers of nearly pure carbon could be used to replace heavier materials including aluminum and steel in a growing range of products.Carbon FibersCurrently, most carbon fiber is made from a substance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing to Raise Production of Its Dreamliner by 17%

Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said.Both moves signal Boeing’s confidence that the carbon-composite jetliner will continue to generate strong sales despite a tough market for long-haul… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ballard Surges on New Fuel Cell That Uses Less Platinum

catalyst, often platinum. Ballard’s is reducing the amount of platinum and using a lower-cost carbon alloy material. It will initially be used for small applications like portable military electronics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Bold Switch to Electric Cars Could Be Bolder

China is still predominantly generated by burning coal. While electric vehicles produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions even when that’s taken into account, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

African hydro plant a finalist for infrastructure design award

September 13, 2017

The Kholombidzo Hydro Power Electric Plant in Blantyre, Malawi has been named a finalist project in the Bentley Systems 2017 Be Inspired Awards Program’s BIM Advancements in the Power Generation category. The company responsible for this project is engineering and environmental consultants COBA Group. The annual awards honour the outstanding work … Continue reading “African hydro plant a finalist for infrastructure design award”

The future of electricity: a grid utility

Transforming power utility Eskom into a transmission and distribution business and expanding the grid infrastructure to transmit electricity to service potential demand in other African countries is the most suitable solution to the utility’s future survival, according to panellists and delegates at the “Thinking energy – Grid resilience” workshop hosted … Continue reading “The future of electricity: a grid utility”

Can South Africa manage a nuclear new-build programme?

It should be obvious to anybody that the finance minister cannot keep allocating money to improved housing, medical care, education, social grants, and more, if the country is not producing industrial growth. National growth will only result from people actually doing things. People have to roll up their sleeves and … Continue reading “Can South Africa manage a nuclear new-build programme?”

Breakthrough for clean coal

Mushrooms have been described as “meat for vegetarians,” a fungus high in protein that can be fried, baked or eaten raw. Now a scientist born in Taiwan and working in the United States thinks they could help to protect the environment for pollutants formed by burning coal. Prof. Wei-Ping Pan … Continue reading “Breakthrough for clean coal”

Power developments in Africa, September 2017

Egypt to expand renewable energy projects ACWA Power signed a power purchase agreement with the government of Egypt for three solar photovoltaic power plants in Benban under Round 2 of the feed-in-tariff (FiT) programme. The three projects will have an aggregate capacity of 165,5 MW. The construction will begin late … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, September 2017”

Special pricing deals and the impact of renewable energy

Electricity prices in South Africa have increased sharply in the past decade, and we no longer have the cheapest electricity in the world. Future tariff increases are likely to affect energy intensive industries, so special pricing deals may have to be considered. Mike Rycroft Other countries have similar problems with … Continue reading “Special pricing deals and the impact of renewable energy”

Evaluating bagasse gasification

In most cane sugar factories, the main source of electrical power is the onsite power generation plant which usually uses coal to boil water in order to produce high pressure steam which the turbo-alternators use to generate electricity. This article considers the advantages of using bagasse, the fibrous matter which … Continue reading “Evaluating bagasse gasification”

Evian Aims to Deflect Water Criticism by Going Carbon Neutral

September 12, 2017

to increase that to 80 percent because it reduces carbon emissions by 75 percent, according to Faber.The yogurt maker also aims to offset carbon emissions by working with farmers in the region of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Companies Are Most Influential in Climate Policy Debates

corporate climate policies, and how hard companies fight for them, may be even more influential than carbon dioxide emissions. A new report has come up with a way of quantifying which companies are trying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

We Need Conservatives to Fight Climate Change

business-focused solutions. These include revenue-neutral carbon taxes — raising taxes on carbon in exchange for tax cuts elsewhere. Carbon taxes are a powerful policy tool, because they incentivize… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Must Disclose Accounting Details in N.Y. Climate Probe

potential impairment charges or write-downs, as well as energy-price projections and projected carbon-cost estimates.“Exxon had no legal basis to interfere with PwC’s production,” Schneiderman said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW to Build Electric Versions of All 300 Models by 2030

bans. That creates problems for Volkswagen as it relies on diesel cars to boost profit and lower carbon-dioxide emissions to reach tightening European environmental targets. “We have got the message… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

ETF Buyers Snap Up Lithium as China Fuels Electric-Car Race

2018, Citigroup Inc. analysts said last month, as they raised their price estimate on lithium carbonate equivalent for next year by 24 percent $14,000 a ton.In July, the U.K. said it will ban sales… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Offshore Wind Costs Fall Below New Nuclear Plants in U.K.

the heart of the industrial strategy to unlock opportunities across the country, while cutting carbon emissions,” said Richard Harrington, minister for energy and industry. “The offshore wind sector… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW, Mercedes Scramble to Plug Diesel Gap After Two-Year Crisis

significantly help the manufacturers reach the EU’s stricter fleet-average emissions limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2021.‘One Death’“Carmakers need to pick one death,” said Thomas Goettle… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Join us at Africa’s first STEAM Symposium

September 11, 2017

What correlation could there possibly be between art and the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths)? More than you can imagine. Join global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon at the inaugural STEAM Symposium to find out more. The symposium is part of the Open Design Cape Town festival … Continue reading “Join us at Africa’s first STEAM Symposium”

Engineering excellence awards winners announced

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) supported by Aon South Africa hosted the who’s who in the engineering industry at a gala dinner held at Vodaworld in Midrand recently to celebrate the 2017 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. The awards recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry celebrating innovation, quality, … Continue reading “Engineering excellence awards winners announced”

Trade mission to South Africa set to boost Thai-SA trade

A high-level Thailand trade delegation will travel to South Africa later in September to build on the strong trade links between the two countries. Led by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, representatives of food and beverage, automotive parts and homeware, machinery and … Continue reading “Trade mission to South Africa set to boost Thai-SA trade”

Germany, California to tackle climate change together

… on tackling climate change following the U.S. government’s decision… in the fight against climate change, the existential threat of our time,” Brown… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

EU Drafts Measures to Brexit-Proof Emissions Market

region’s carbon market as part of Brexit.The European Parliament will vote on Wednesday on a proposal that would prevent companies and airlines in the EU Emissions Trading System using carbon allowances… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

auto forum in Tianjin on Saturday.The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, is the latest to join countries such as the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

auto forum in Tianjin on Saturday.The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, is the latest to join countries such as the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel Cites ‘Trust’ Problem With German Carmakers

September 9, 2017

avoid banning diesel vehicles, arguing that the technology will become cleaner and helps reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. She didn’t address the debate over scrapping diesel in her podcast, while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China to Ban Sale of Fossil Fuel Cars in Electric Vehicle Push

Volkswagen AG to introduce an electric SUV next year.China, seeking to meet its promise to cap its carbon emissions by 2030, is the latest country to unveil plans to phase out vehicles running on fossil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Worst Florida Damage From Irma in Could Be From Storm Surge

damage was from wind, rain and flooding, said Philip Bedient, professor of engineering in civil and environmental engineering at Rice University. The surge from Irma could be potentially much worse… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Hurricane Irma’s Chemical Fallout Could Be Worse than Harvey’s

acquiesced to industry demands that such information be kept secret for fear of terrorism. And Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt delayed for two years Obama-era rules requiring companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

What Scientists Know About Climate Change and Hurricanes: QuickTake Q&A

in recorded history, thanks to human-driven climate change. The global average sea-surface temperature for July was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, making it the third-hottest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Another Way Climate Change Might Make Hurricanes Worse

Geoffrey West described climate change as a form of entropy –- disorder that’s created as the price of all the order and creative energy pent up in cities. In this view, climate change is not, as some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Merkel Warned That Failure to Hit Climate Goal May Hurt Germany

tarnishing Germany’s climate credentials, according to researchers.Germans will likely reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by about 30 percent in 2020 compared to 1990 levels, missing the 40 percent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Latest on Hurricane Irma

sea levels into account. Trump suggested the predicted risks from sea level rise driven by climate change are overblown. ___ 2:30 p.m. Authorities in Florida say a man trying to install hurricane… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Jaguar Land Rover Plans to Give Its Model Range an Electric Jolt

July to ban the sale of diesel and gasoline cars by 2040 as a means to reduce air pollution and carbon-dioxide emissions, which are linked to global warming. The move is less aggressive than plans… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cities Threaten Japanese Utilities as Local Retailing Spreads

department, said by email. “As a municipality, we want to help contribute to the shift toward a lower-carbon society.”Miyama is one of 31 Japanese cities and towns to begin selling power directly to citizens… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airbus Is Said Close to $14 Billion Conversion Deal for A350s

had helped negotiate an order for the Airbus jetliner. The next-generation Airbus jet, made of carbon-composite panels, fits about 325 people in the -900 variant, while the -1000 version seats 366… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

It’s Brutal to Get to the Ocean’s Depths. This Minisub Will Take You There

metal—typically steel and occasionally titanium. Rush told his engineers he wanted to save weight by using carbon fiber and also that the hull had to be safe to 6,000 meters. He’s still waiting for the arrival… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SAPP member states plan more transmission interconnectors

September 8, 2017

Only 34% of the available electricity was traded between the Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP’s) member states during 2016, this owing to the lack of transmission and distribution capacity in the region, said Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi at the 49th SAPP Conference of Meetings in Pretoria recently. The total electricity … Continue reading “SAPP member states plan more transmission interconnectors”

Robust differential pressure flow meter

Kobold’s  RCD flow meter, for measuring and monitoring the flow of liquids and gases, employs a Venturi tube which first narrows and then expands enabling the pressure difference between the inlet of the narrowed area and the narrowest area to determine the flow rate. With mechanical displays, the flow value measured … Continue reading “Robust differential pressure flow meter”

Force measurement instruments provide trust

Force measurement technology is all about protecting people, high asset values, reliability and manufacturing safety. That’s why a trustworthy partner is important.  Wika’s products, solutions and engineering skills are winning customers from practically every industry. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes tension and compression force transducers, shear and bending beams, platform load … Continue reading “Force measurement instruments provide trust”

Cigré President’s address

Cigré’s next administrative council meeting, to be held on the 12 and 13 September, will consider the organisation’s strategies regarding specific actions relating to the inclusion of Distribution experts into the existing Study Committee structure, as well as a new marketing strategy. Marketing The aim is to provide National Committees … Continue reading “Cigré President’s address”

Natural gas: a boon for South Africa’s reindustrialisation?

  Kishan Pillay and Ngqondi Nxokwana addressed the South African Oil and Gas Alliance’s (SAOGA’s) networking breakfast at the IDC in Sandton recently. Under the leadership of Niall Kramer, SAOGA’s CEO, the two men spoke of the need for, and development of, an infrastructure to make liquid natural gas (LNG) … Continue reading “Natural gas: a boon for South Africa’s reindustrialisation?”

Receding Floodwaters in Houston Expose Long-Term Health Risk

water, become active and volatile,” said Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican who led the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003. “There are some major areas of problem.”EPA officials… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BMW Revives Electric-Car Push With Plans for Low-Slung 'i' Sedan

new entrants is also readying plans for green vehicles, as the complex engineering involved in making combustion engines is replaced with a much simpler setup around battery power.“There are a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Colombia Needs Oil. Colombians Say No

consultations, according to Rodrigo Negrete, a lawyer who’s advised Arbeláez and other communities on environmental questions. The plebiscites can be convened by either the local authorities or residents who’ve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Statoil to cut greenhouse emissions by a fifth by 2030

… (22.05 lb) now. Statoil’s greenhouse gas emissions were… findings that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are raising global… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Climate Change Speeds Erosion With Huge Storms

Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. He and other experts call changing shorelines just “shoreline change,” because it’s never going to stop. Proponents of fighting nature, meanwhile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

URGENT: The Latest: Hurricane Warnings Issued for South Florida

caused by Hurricane Irma, and he’s calling for concerted efforts to tackle global warming and climate change to prevent similar future natural disasters. Speaking Thursday during a visit to Greece,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce

September 7, 2017

A look at the nature of disruption, the characteristics of the innovation that underpins it, how disruption happens, and which industries are next in line. In short, are the machines coming for our jobs? Disruption, often imagined as a lurking threat ready to destroy established businesses and business models, are … Continue reading “Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce”

The Fall of Juicero and ICO Fever

fooled by a scammer posing as a TokenCard representative in an online messaging forum” and sent $20,000 to the scammer rather than to the company whose ICO he wanted to buy, though, in the long run… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

McLaren 570S Review: The Next Step Up From a Porsche 911

when the top is deployed.The 570S Spider in particular is special because it uses the same exact carbon-fiber MonoCell II structure and engine as the coupe version, which means it drives with the rigidity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wrapped in Plastic, China's Farmland Is Suffering: QuickTake Q&A

biodegradable polymers, or mixtures with biodegradable synthetic materials, such as polypropylene carbonate, and polyethylene-based oxo-degradable polymers to which additives are incorporated to accelerate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Old Trucker Hangouts Are Now the Coolest Places to Stay

prompted Oracle founder Larry Ellison to pay $20 million for it—the motel was built right on coveted Carbon Beach. (It’s also called “Billionaire’s Beach,” thanks to the extravagant homes abutting it.)… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This High-Tech Vertical Farm Promises Whole Foods Quality at Walmart Prices

sensors hidden among the leaves. The sensors monitor the room’s temperature, humidity, and level of carbon dioxide, while the cameras record the plants’ growing phases. The data stream to Plenty’s botanists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In memorium: Jan Malan

September 6, 2017

The retired City Electrical Engineer of the erstwhile Kempton Park Municipality, Jan Malan, has been laid to rest. He was 79 years of age and succumbed to a cancer-related illness after a spell in a Pretoria hospital. After serving in various utilities, including an earlier 6-year spell at Kempton Park, … Continue reading “In memorium: Jan Malan”

Minister highlights role of science education in sustainable development

Eastern Cape learners attended the launch of the 2017 National Science Week (NSW) at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela University (previously the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). Hosted at the institution’s Missionvale campus, about 3500 learners from schools in and around Port Elizabeth attended the annual event. Addressing learners, the Minister … Continue reading “Minister highlights role of science education in sustainable development”

Research foundation aims for gender parity in South Africa’s scientific workforce

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has congratulated the women identified as the 50 most inspiring South African women in technology for 2017 by non-profit organisation Inspiring Fifty. The organisation, which is an initiative of the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town, together with Inspiring Fifty Netherlands, announced the names of its … Continue reading “Research foundation aims for gender parity in South Africa’s scientific workforce”

Menendez Hopes Friendship With Donor Overcomes Tawdry Testimony

by a Florida eye doctor who lavished him with a stream of gifts — like private jet travel, a Paris hotel suite and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations — to buy clout with government… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Threat to Oil Becomes Real as Climate Crashes Norway Election

how to reconcile their role as western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer with fighting climate change and whether searching for more petroleum is the financially sound thing to do in a world… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Merkel Says Diesel Needed as Bridge Technology to Electric Cars

avoid diesel driving bans, arguing the technology will be needed for decades to come to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as automakers develop electric vehicles.“This doesn’t mean we don’t have to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Climate Engineers Sucking CO2 From the Atmosphere—and Making Money Doing It

which applied an engineering perspective to the removal of carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere. In June, when the first of the duo’s carbon-collecting machines went online, they became the first… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Invests to Boost Global Gas Demand

remaking Europe’s biggest oil company into a natural gas giant amid the global drive to lower carbon emissions.Gas PurchaseFirst came the $52 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc last year, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Noble Group’s Chairman Is Determined to Avoid Lehman’s Fate

continues.After the sale of gas and power and oil liquids, operations would include energy coal, carbon steel materials, metals, freight and liquefied natural gas, according to a circular to shareholders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Plastic Film Covering 12% of China's Farmland Pollutes Soil

consists of a compostable polymer and polylactic acid, and can be degradable into water, biomass and carbon dioxide.Incentives NeededStill, polyethylene costs a quarter of the price and a lack of incentives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Where Corn Pollutes America Most, and Who’s Responsible

estimate that a bushel of corn produced in western South Dakota may be three or four times as carbon-intensive as a bushel from southern Minnesota. “It matters for these companies where stuff is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Energy Backs Hydrogen Power Storage

to converts excess wind power into hydrogen, which is fed into a plant that combines it with carbon dioxide to make methane — natural gas. That gas is transported and stored in the existing pipelines… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Alfa Romeo Has Finally Arrived in America

old sedan—albeit a sporty one. The Giulia starts at $38,000 and with an all-aluminum engine and carbon-fiber driveshaft, aims to steal some customers from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.Gallman has owned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Self-generated power focuses on efficiency

September 5, 2017

Zest Energy recently installed a turnkey diesel power generation facility for the Balama graphite project in a remote region of Mozambique. Technology options such as variable speed drives can further enhance efficiencies and reduce the consumptive demands that a standalone power plant will have to meet; regeneration strategies also lower costs … Continue reading “Self-generated power focuses on efficiency”

The only locally owned PV maker in South Africa

Founded in 2011 and based in Durban, ARTsolar is one of the pioneers of the South African photovoltaic  (PV) solar panel manufacturing industry. The company is South Africa’s only locally owned PV module manufacturer and specialises in high volume production for the Northern Cape solar farms. The company also offers … Continue reading “The only locally owned PV maker in South Africa”

Maintenance for rotating equipment showcased

  The offshore sector met once again in Aberdeen, at the industry’s largest free-to-attend conference, Offshore Europe, held between 5 and 8 September 2017. This year, Sulzer brought to the event a comprehensive offering for the repair and maintenance of rotating equipment, as well as examples of offshore pumping and applicator … Continue reading “Maintenance for rotating equipment showcased”

New Zealand wealth fund cuts carbon exposure

… its exposure to carbon emissions and carbon reserves by a fifth, its… that exposure in its passive physical global equity portfolio to carbon… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Enzyme breakthrough in quest for clean coal

September 4, 2017

  Mushrooms have been described as “meat for vegetarians,” a fungus high in protein that can be fried, baked or eaten raw. Now a scientist born in Taiwan and working in the United States thinks they could help to protect the environment for pollutants formed by burning coal. Prof. Wei-Ping Pan … Continue reading “Enzyme breakthrough in quest for clean coal”

Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation

  Unit 1 of the Kusile power station project has been brought into full commercial operation, adding 800 MW to the national grid. The Kusile power station project is a green-fields coal-fired power plant which is located near the exist­ing Kendal power station near eMalahleni in the Nkangala District, Mpumalanga. … Continue reading “Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation”

Bringing smart-metering to remote locations by satellite

  Aside from the city of Camden, in northwest Tennessee, the only other largely populated areas are the agrarian communities of Big Sandy and Holladay. The county’s electricity requirements are met by Benton County Electric System (BCES), whose 38 employees work to deliver power to more than 10 000 customers. BCES’s philosophy is … Continue reading “Bringing smart-metering to remote locations by satellite”

Bringing reliable power to the Himalayas

  ABB will upgrade 20 substations in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh, located in the foothills of the western Himalayas. The substations will be equipped with the latest control and protection technology to enable future digitalisation. The order, placed by the local state utility, Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board Limited … Continue reading “Bringing reliable power to the Himalayas”

Future Hurricanes Will Be Worse Than Harvey

September 1, 2017

answered—did climate change cause the storm—wasn’t the right one. Hurricanes were around long before the industrial revolution. Two questions did, however, resonate:How does climate change affect the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Affordable solar home systems

August 31, 2017

  African customers will have access to safe energy for a low monthly price, making Ignite the most affordable in the continent and multiplying the addressable market for solar home systems. The company, which is headquartered in Rwanda, has been able to change the energy paradigm in a continent afflicted by … Continue reading “Affordable solar home systems”

Hydrogen energy storage solution for renewables

August 30, 2017

  Hydrogen is emerging as one of the most viable and effective storage solutions for renewable energy in many key industries, including the transportation and power sectors. RTS Africa Engineering, the sole agent for Nel Hydrogen, a Norwegian company which has been at the forefront of hydrogen production through water … Continue reading “Hydrogen energy storage solution for renewables”

Elon Musk's Battery Demand Boom Lifts Supplier Tanaka in Japan

separators.Stella Chemifa has risen 45 percent this year, while W-Scope is up 31 percent. Nippon Carbon Co., which makes artificial graphite electrodes, has gained about 80 percent. Nippon Kodoshi… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Efficiency in alternative power systems

August 29, 2017

  In October 1983, a record-breaking wind generator was taken into operation and the world’s largest wind energy converter called Growian went live. The 3 MW machine can be considered an example how the world has changed since this happened. Though it was an ingenious design by the time, the … Continue reading “Efficiency in alternative power systems”

A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy

  Despite knowing that both coal mines and coal-fires power stations have a finite life, it speaks to poor planning and the poor implementation of policy in South Africa that nothing has been done to address what comes after or to deal with the need to transition to a lower-carbon … Continue reading “A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy”

How a Corporate Assault on Greenpeace Is Spreading

Greenpeace should be worried. A second large company has accused the prominent environmental group of violating the potent U.S. racketeering law. In a lawsuit filed August 22, Energy Transfer Partners… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Bloomberg Markets: Carbone Sees Earnings as Key to Market Run

Bloomberg Markets with Carol Massar and Cory Johnson. GUEST: Jeffrey Carbone Managing Partner Cornerstone Financial Discussing global markets and investment opportunities. producer: Paul Brennan… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

As France's Heatwave Melts Away, Another Weather Crisis Brews

only really bite during extreme weather,” said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas, coal and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd. “The same extreme weather would likely lead to the same extreme prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

  With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse … Continue reading “New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape”

VW Engineer Sentenced to 40 Months for Emissions Role

August 26, 2017

papers Aug. 18. That included developing the deficient engine and defeat device in 2006 and participating in meetings with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like

August 25, 2017

One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Energy Study: U.S. Power Market Is Cracking. You Don't Say

pretend that the administration’s desire to bolster coal miners and general antipathy toward carbon mitigation won’t shape the discussions — and confrontations — to come. For those investing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Can Oil Sands Pay Off at Just $50 a Barrel?

can flow to the surface.In addition to lowering production costs, the innovations may help cut carbon-dioxide emissions, giving the industry an image boost it badly needs. The reputation of tar sands… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nine U.S. States Seek 30% More in CO2 Cuts as Trump Pushes Coal

August 24, 2017

Nine states in the U.S. Northeast plan to bolster their target for cutting carbon-dioxide emissions, even as President Trump seeks to revive a coal industry suffering from competition and efforts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Duped Public Over Climate Concerns, Harvard Research Says

Energy write a report acknowledging a scientific consensus on future warming trends caused by carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuels. Despite that conclusion, company advertorials in 1997 and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europeans Are Abandoning Their Utility Companies in Droves

traditional utilities, it’s not because of them.A combination of new technology and a push toward low-carbon energy has caused customers at Europe’s largest and most-established utilities to flee. The average… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy Transfer Suit Claims Greenpeace Incites Eco-Terrorism

August 23, 2017

allies in court for engaging in what they claim is a racketeering scheme far beyond ordinary environmental advocacy. Resolute Forest Products Inc. made similar allegations over Greenpeace’s campaign… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

California’s Auto Crackdown Reinforced by Road Emissions Uptick

August 22, 2017

pollution.Emissions from on-road transportation rose by the equivalent of 4.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015 from a year earlier, the San Francisco-based non-profit Next 10 said Monday. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Learning From the First Eclipse Media Event

full of disdain for and suspicion of what scientists have to say about vaccinations, about climate change, about lots of other things.Some of this has to do with overreach and error by scientists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ford Offers U.K. Drivers Cash to Scrap Dirty Diesel Engines

air rose as carbon dioxide emissions fell.The U.K. has the largest fleet of diesel vehicles in Europe after drivers were encouraged to switch from gasoline, which emits more carbon dioxide for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Switch to Renewables Won't End the Geopolitics of Energy

Proponents highlight a bevy of ways in which the Age of Renewables will improve our lives: lower carbon emissions, cheaper electricity rates, new abilities to bring power to impoverished nations . … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel's CDU and Greens Consider Alliance In German Election

August 21, 2017

millions of Mercedes-Benz luxury sedans and sports cars, often equipped with high-tech diesel engines. Many of those vehicles could soon face bans along the 20-mile trip to Daimler’s headquarters… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Energy digitalisation portfolio grows by acquisition

August 18, 2017

  EOH, Africa’s largest technology and services provider, has acquired the business of Powertech Systems Integrators (IST) for an undisclosed amount. The deal, led by the Industrial Technology division of EOH, will enhance the group’s geographical reach and energy portfolio of integrated and smart resilient energy solutions. Powertech IST is a … Continue reading “Energy digitalisation portfolio grows by acquisition”

Download the South African Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment report

August 17, 2017

  A techno-economic study on the South African Energy Storage market, commissioned by the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC), a state-owned development finance institution, and sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC), a state-owned development … Continue reading “Download the South African Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment report”

Keynote address on release of South Africa Energy Storage Techno-Economic Study

  A study sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, programme director, I would like to welcome you to the IDC, and I am very honoured to stand in front of you this morning as we launch one of our greatest milestones. … Continue reading “Keynote address on release of South Africa Energy Storage Techno-Economic Study”

DHL, Ford Unveil Jointly Made Electric Delivery Van

the streets of major cities by the end of 2018. Each van will save 5 metrics tons (5.5 tons) of carbon dioxide a year. The company has started selling its smaller models to third parties and said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tesla Skipping Green Bond Label Keeps Fledgling Market Small

issuers there face more pressure from central banks and institutional investors to help lower carbon emissions. In the U.S., companies have been more hesitant amid concerns about backing up their… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Heads for Middle East Doldrums

enhanced oil recovery, saving gas. Dubai, Turkey and Egypt, however, are turning to coal, which is carbon-intensive but cheap.Natural gas will still have a leading role, of course: It’s relatively cheap… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Energy Revolution Will Be Optimized

holds true. Energy efficiency matters more now, especially as concerns about pollution, including carbon emissions, have intensified. The job of the 21st-century energy provider, therefore, will be… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Another South African solar thermal plant completed

August 16, 2017

  Abengoa has completed Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in South Africa. Xina, a 100 MW plant, uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable power from the sun. It also features a thermal energy storage system using molten salts which can store sufficient energy for a further … Continue reading “Another South African solar thermal plant completed”

Apply now for sponsored participation at wind energy conference

  Students from South African universities are encouraged to submit an application for sponsorship to attend the South African Wind Energy Association’s WindAc Africa conference in November. The event will give students who are keen to understand the diverse wind energy sector the opportunity to join experts in the field … Continue reading “Apply now for sponsored participation at wind energy conference”

Honoured for biogas projects

  Weltec Biopower received the renowned AD & Biogas Industry Award in two categories from the British anaerobic digestion association ADBA at the UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017 in Birmingham, UK. An independent expert jury nominated the German biogas plant manufacturer in the category “Best international agricultural project” … Continue reading “Honoured for biogas projects”

Combined solar and methane power plant

  A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating soon. The plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed waste through a shared turbine inter-connector. A generator will then convert the two sources of energy into electricity to be … Continue reading “Combined solar and methane power plant”

Transport containers converted into retractable solar gensets

  South African-based Out of the Box Energy Solutions, specialising in the development of distributed renewable energy technologies, is Africa’s first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to integrate into intermodal transport containers PWRstation’s retractable solar racking technology called EXOractm and resell fully assembled Class S 10-50 solar gensets. It is estimated that … Continue reading “Transport containers converted into retractable solar gensets”

Power quality grid code compliance for renewable power plants

August 15, 2017

  The introduction of renewable power plants has introduced challenges to the management and regulation of power quality in South Africa. These challenges have been addressed by establishing power quality compliance criteria in line with local circumstances and by the introduction of a power quality guideline for renewable power plants … Continue reading “Power quality grid code compliance for renewable power plants”

Time for the energy sector to self-correct

  May and June 2017 will go down as two of the most dreadful months in the history of the South African power utility Eskom. Its credibility in the eyes of the public has reached rock bottom after a series of well-publicised scandals. Prof. Hartmut Winkler Following the suspension of … Continue reading “Time for the energy sector to self-correct”

ISO 50001 highlighted as key tool for climate action

  With energy one of the most critical challenges facing the international community, the revision of ISO 50001 on energy management systems was given a major boost at the recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), a high-level global forum working to advance clean energy globally. Energy ministers and decision makers, together … Continue reading “ISO 50001 highlighted as key tool for climate action”

Energize Inbox, August 2017

  Our winning letter re: Sociology and technological totalitarianism Dear Editor I find there is quite a bit one can disagree with in Mike Rycroft’s article “Sociology and technological totalitarianism” which was published on the Energize website on 5 June 2017. Demand side management has been tricky to do in the … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, August 2017”

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms

municipal waste, which raised $30 million from BP.Solidia, a company that is working on reducing the carbon footprint of concrete.“BP Venture’s goal is to be both an investor and an end-user of the technologies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Kuwait Plans Tender for $1.2 Billion Solar Project in 2018

of 2020 in Kuwait’s northwest, will save burning 5.2 million barrels of oil a year and reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 million tons annually, Al-Mahrous said.Kuwait consumes at most 14 gigawatts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom considers relaunch of pebble bed modular reactor programme

August 14, 2017

  This article outlines Eskom’s approach in the development of the advanced high temperature reactor (AHTR) programme, commonly known as the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) restart. The proposed AHTRs are intrinsically safe, modular, efficient and modern gas-cooled reactors which are deployable in even the remotest areas of the country. … Continue reading “Eskom considers relaunch of pebble bed modular reactor programme”

Clean coal: High efficiency low emissions technology leads the way

  Coal fired power stations will form a substantial part of the energy portfolio of many countries, SA included, into the future. Coal power is seen as the lowest cost reliable generating source to bring electricity to Africa. The IEA held an expert workshop on sustainable coal use at the … Continue reading “Clean coal: High efficiency low emissions technology leads the way”

New York's Crusade to Price Carbon Won't End with Nuke Subsidies

August 12, 2017

money-losing nuclear reactors, is weighing more steps to cut carbon emissions by changing the way that electricity is traded.Adding a carbon charge to the price of power generated by fossil-fuel plants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The New World Order Is Leaving the U.S. Behind

August 11, 2017

antipathy to free trade and cooperation on climate change and refugee resettlement was a united front against the U.S. at both the Group of Seven and Group of 20 meetings.Jilted by the U.S., the other… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Major Miners' Battle to Get Into Batteries Steps Up a Notch

director, told reporters at the facility in Melbourne. “The key is that we’re producing lithium carbonate that’s to a specification that we are very confident” will meet customer requirements, he said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Polluters Penalized Less Under Trump Than His Predecessors

relatively low numbers of cases involving violations of air, water and other environmental laws worry some former Environmental Protection Agency officials who say it suggests the Trump administration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Coming Backlash to 'Greenwashing' of Bonds

Transit agency issued its first green bonds, noting the role of its trains in providing “low-carbon transportation alternatives.”3. Who buys the bonds?Institutional investors, mainly, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Glencore Plays Both Sides On Climate Change

published this year:”We believe there is a significant gap between the energy reality and the various carbon policy scenarios… produced by some commentators based on policy statements. Unless all parties… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Federal Scientists Say Climate Change Is No Hoax, Refuting Trump

severity of climate change could make it harder for the EPA to reverse its 2009 finding that carbon dioxide emissions pose a danger to the public.Trump has labeled climate change a “hoax,” and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Utility reports plans to sell surplus capacity

August 10, 2017

  Eskom reports that the power utility has increased its plant availability to over 77%. This can attributed to the additional new generating capacity added from Medupi, Ingula and Kusile power stations and the utility’s rigorous fleet maintenance programme, Eskom’s interim group chief executive, Johnny Dladla, says. Adherence to a strict … Continue reading “Utility reports plans to sell surplus capacity”

U.S. Scientists Contradict Trump Climate Claims

doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution. “There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Reports May Slow Trump's Push to Undo Obama-Era Rules

both reports will make it harder for the agency to reverse the Obama administration’s limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, as well as the broader policy that defines those emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa

August 9, 2017

  During a wide-ranging interview with Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Friday 4 August 2017, EE Publishers investigative editor Chris Yelland took the opportunity to get an update from her on the state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa. It was all on track This time last … Continue reading “The state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa”

Oklahoma's $100 Electric Car Fee Challenged by Sierra Club

in May, hybrid vehicle owners would also face a $30 registration fee, but gasoline and diesel engines didn’t get hit with a new levy. On Tuesday, the state’s Supreme Court heard arguments in a separate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Warren Buffett Likes Solar, but Not the Price Tag

has been trying to undermine an almost 40-year-old law intended in part to promote the growth of cleaner energy. Berkshire, they say, is effectively stifling solar projects to protect utilities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Latest Carbon Capture Projects Look Encouraging

change will not stymie the pace of global investment in carbon capture, which has become a hot topic in the field of energy technology. Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies enable the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Draft U.S. Report Says Extreme Storms Driven by Climate Change

doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution. “There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California's Smart Approach to Climate Change

of any national carbon-pricing program, consider following suit.California’s original program, running since 2013, gives emitters a limited number of permits to release carbon dioxide, and enables… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Court Tosses an Obama-Era Climate Rule That Trump Had Defended

The U.S. has been a leader in replacing HFCs, which are thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming, and companies have invested hundreds of millions of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Spurned by Trump, Can Green Energy Count on Big Tech?

August 8, 2017

where Makani sits, is still trying. It has a small team working on newfangled fixes for climate change. One of those, an effort to make cheaper geothermal home heating tech, recently spun out… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Richard Mille Sport Watches 67-02 Sprint and High Jump

Sprint and the High Jump are made of Quartz TPT (for the colored front and back case plates) and Carbon TPT (for the case bands) which are both shock resistant and ultra light—ideal for high intensity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit Guts British Science and Risks Graphene Innovation

minutely thin materials, placed the tape under an atomic microscope and found the layers of residual carbon were thinner than any he’d seen before. Immediately he suspected he had found graphene, a one… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA Energy Storage 2017: Why is energy storage important?

August 7, 2017

  Storage is becoming one of the most important components of power generation, transmission and distribution, and consumption management. Efficient and cost effective storage is the next hurdle that needs to be overcome in the move to a higher penetration of renewable energy in the grid. Mike Rycroft EE Publishers … Continue reading “SA Energy Storage 2017: Why is energy storage important?”

No end in sight to Eskom delays in signing renewable energy PPAs

  There appears to be no end in sight for resolution of the impasse caused by Eskom’s refusal to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) in terms of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) internationally acclaimed Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) programme. Chris … Continue reading “No end in sight to Eskom delays in signing renewable energy PPAs”

Electric Car Boom Drives Rush to Mining's $90 Billion Hub

by at least 2021. The project would add to SQM’s expansion into Argentina.Prices of lithium carbonate, the primary base-chemical produced by the industry, more than doubled in the 5 years to 2016… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. to Conduct Electricity Survey After Centrica Price Hike

said in an emailed statement. “We must ensure we deliver an industrial strategy based on a low-carbon economy and where the billions of investment needed can be delivered competitively via a range… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy minister calls on City of Cape Town to engage

August 6, 2017

  In an interview on Friday 4 August 2017 with EE Publishers investigative editor Chris Yelland, Energy Minister Mmamobolo Kubayi confirmed that the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has been served with court papers by the City of Cape Town demanding the … Continue reading “Energy minister calls on City of Cape Town to engage”

Audi Added to German Diesel Investigation, May Forfeit Profit

step that may allow the seizure of profits the company made from selling vehicles with rigged engines.Munich prosecutors investigating Audi employees for fraud have formally added the carmaker to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Energy minister suspends DDG responsible for electricity planning in SA

August 5, 2017

  In an exclusive interview by EE Publishers investigative editor Chris Yelland, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi confirmed that Department of Energy DDG for Policy, Planning and Clean Energy, Mr. Ompi Aphane, who is also responsible for the new updated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2016, has just been suspended. … Continue reading “Energy minister suspends DDG responsible for electricity planning in SA”

VW Executive Schmidt Pleads Guilty in Auto Emissions Scandal

with Heinz-Jacob Neusser, former head of engine development who was suspended in 2015; Richard Dorenkamp, who led the failed effort to design a diesel engine that would meet the tougher emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Alphabet's Green Energy Ambitions Hit Turbulence

in circles that mimic a windmill, something it was built to replace.For more than a decade, engineers have been building this “energy kite” to harness wind power with 90 percent fewer materials… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Green Power Still Tied Up With Red Tape in Macron’s France

neighbors on renewable energy, even as its population worries more than most Europeans about climate change. While the country still gets about 72 percent of its power through its low-emissions fleet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Is Said Set to Notify UN of Paris Withdraw

that staying in the accord could undercut Trump’s efforts to rescind environmental rules cutting carbon emissions from power-plants and setting fuel efficiency standards for automobiles.The White House… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India's Power Paradox

States. It is the world’s third-largest power generator, and it is also the world’s third-largest carbon dioxide emitter, again behind China and the U.S. in both measures. In one category, though, it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BMW Shifts Past German Rivals’ Diesel Woes With Electric Push

burns about 20 percent more efficiently than gasoline, the fuel is key to meeting European Union carbon-dioxide rules that will tighten further from 2020. Still, diesel exhaust also includes nitrogen… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Southern Sees Benefit to Finishing Nuclear Project Beyond Costs

in an interview. Those include gaining a plant that would withstand any future regulations on carbon dioxide emissions or increase in natural gas prices, he said. If the Vogtle project were scuttled… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Keynote for young professionals imbizo

August 4, 2017

  Professor Douglas Boateng, CEO of PanAvest International and Partners will deliver the keynote address at the 5th Annual Young Professionals (YPs) Sustainability Imbizo to be held on the 15 – 16 August at the Accolades Boutique Venue, in Midrand. The Sustainability Imbizo is the brainchild of Consulting Engineers South … Continue reading “Keynote for young professionals imbizo”

BMW as the Next Nokia? Nonsense

tougher environmental legislation.These 20 models are all made by German companies, mostly by Volkswagen and its subsidiaries. Four are BMWs.Euro 6 is an extremely tough environmental standard… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Is Doomed for the Worst Reason

the high-tech part. Shooting passengers along at more than 700 miles per hour seems simple — engineers pushed 200 miles-per-hour in a test this week — compared to building a tunnel from New York… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BRIEF-‍Calpers says urges investors to vote for climate change reporting at Exxon Mobil‍​

… to vote for climate change reporting at Exxon Mobil‍​ Source text… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Leaked Trump Transcripts Show Fraught Relationships With World Leaders

administration. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord left the U.S. isolated during that discussion at last month’s G-20 summit in Germany.The U.S. president’s focus on catchphrases… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.S. mayors rally in Miami to create 'groundswell of climate leadership'

…. cities will lead the fight against climate change by working harder… resolutions including a cities-driven plan to slow climate change – though… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Cities best armed to fight climate change: U.N. climate chief

… on climate change can have most impact because they are engines… ratified the Paris agreement on climate change and they are looking… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Slowing climate change "a moral imperative," says Mexico

… economy will pull out of the global pact to tackle climate change… climate change is an “incontrovertible” fact that requires cooperation… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Changing demographics may alter climate vulnerability: researchers

… precisely how climate change will impact people in the future, researchers…, the scientists wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Rosé Is Seeing Explosive Growth as Its Summer Rival, Beer, Goes Flat

one look at the cool climate of Long Island and thought: rosé. The following year he bottled 82 cases. This year the vinyard sold out of almost 50,000 cases, an increase of 20 percent over the previous… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China says it will stick to commitment to fight climate change

… commitment to fight climate change after President Donald Trump said he… agreement to curb climate change. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Fran Silvestre Makes Instagram-Perfect Seaside Homes

it’s so last century.”Silvestre’s practice is experiencing explosive growth. It took more than 10 years to build his first 20 houses; now his studio is building, or in the late stages of designing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Arsenal Soccer Club Tackles Climate Change With Clean Energy

Energy Ltd. to source energy from anaerobic digestion plants and solar farms. It is offsetting carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.The contract signed on Thursday for an undisclosed value… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. vows commitment to Arctic climate change research

… will participate in advancing climate change research in the Arctic… climate change will likely be questioned. The administration of President… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

The Church of England Takes on Climate Change—and Generates a 17 Percent Return

President Donald Trump may have quit the Paris climate accord, but shareholders aren’t going to let carbon-producing U.S. ­companies off the hook. Witness the investor victory over Exxon ­Mobil Corp. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gas-Powered Cars Sputter Toward Obsolescence

diesel-powered vehicles, still causes almost half a million premature deaths a year in Europe.A carbon tax remains the simplest way to address the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Diesel Drama Fizzles as VW, Daimler, BMW Dodge Deeper Fixes

industry boasting about the technology offering more power while emitting about 15 percent less carbon dioxide than equivalent gasoline engines. German politicians in turn backed diesel for decades… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Here’s What British Business Wants From Brexit

Association in Geneva, which represents banks and utilities, wants the U.K. to stay in the EU carbon market because that will cut the cost of meeting greenhouse-gas reduction targets. There’s a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Thabametsi climate impact assessment reveals staggering greenhouse gas emissions

August 3, 2017

  The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) could be giving the go-ahead for what will be one of the most greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensive coal-fired power stations, not only in South Africa, but in the world. Its GHG emissions are likely to be 60% higher than Eskom’s new Medupi … Continue reading “Thabametsi climate impact assessment reveals staggering greenhouse gas emissions”

The African junkyard

  Mike Rycroft A recent tweet that drew attention to the fact that the problem of recycling old solar panels had been solved led me to delve into the subject of recycling renewable energy bits and pieces when they reach of life. The process is well established and there is … Continue reading “The African junkyard”

Minister calls on industry to light up Africa

  Addressing delegates at the opening of the 2017 PowerGen and Distributech Africa conference and exhibition, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, said that in satellite photos, Europe, North America and other regions were lit up like Christmas trees, while Africa remained the “dark continent”. In her keynote address, … Continue reading “Minister calls on industry to light up Africa”

Focus on Economy Before Climate Deal, Glencore Urges Australia

exporters, was among more than 150 signatories to the November deal in Paris, aimed at lowering carbon dioxide emissions to limit a rise in global temperatures. Meanwhile, rising power and gas prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Failing Nuclear Power Is Good For Coal, Bad For Earth

run. The move has implications that last hundreds of years—the residence time of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere—as electricity generated from fossil fuels begin to replace aging or… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Defuses Feud With Top Supplier as GE Alumni Reach Deal

final wording, and the deal would extend Spirit’s losses on a key program for both companies: the carbon composite 787 Dreamliner. Even so, the agreement removes the lingering uncertainty that had weighed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Power: SCE&G, Santee Cooper Plant Victim Of New Reality

billions into a big, complex nuclear-power plant supposed to run for 50 or 60 years. Widespread carbon pricing or piecemeal support efforts for existing nuclear plants, such as those enacted in Illinois… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

PV plants need lightning protection systems

August 2, 2017

  Lightning-protection systems (LPS) for utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants have to conform to the SANS/IEC 62305 standard. SMEC South Africa can provide design expertise in this regard to ensure best-practice engineering. The design of the LPS requires an engineer with some specialist knowledge and experience in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Although … Continue reading “PV plants need lightning protection systems”

Fuel assemblies for Japanese nuclear plant

  Areva has signed a contract with Japan’s Nuclear Fuel Industries (NFI)  for the fabrication of 32 mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansaï Electric. The supply of MOX fuel assemblies for Kansaï is a follow-up to agreements signed with Japanese utilities from 1975 … Continue reading “Fuel assemblies for Japanese nuclear plant”

Rooftop solar PV finance and insurance issues highlighted

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (SAPVIA’s) network evening, which took place in July 2017, had an impressive turnout for its three main speakers. The topics focused on financing and insurance risks associated with solar PV installations and projects, as well as an update from SAPVIA about the recently-launched … Continue reading “Rooftop solar PV finance and insurance issues highlighted”

Proposed amendments to NEMA section 28 duty of care

  Garyn Rapson The proposed amendments to section 28 duty of care under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) is a Bill that proposes to amend NEMA to allow a directive to be issued to any other person to whom the duty of care applies. A directive would typically require a … Continue reading “Proposed amendments to NEMA section 28 duty of care”

Germany Makes Last-Ditch Play to Save Diesel at Emergency Summit

nitrogen oxide emissions of at least 25 percent on average. “Diesel is enormously important for climate protection as well as prosperity in Germany.”Driving BansThe two sides are expected on Wednesday… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation

August 1, 2017

  In the brave new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic … Continue reading “The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation”

Industrial analogue temperature measurement

  Kobold, represented locally by Instrotech, has on offer their type TNS and TNF series for direct measurement of analogue temperature in industrial processes. The heat-dependent pressure is transferred mechanically at one end of a nitrogen-filled pressure line to a pointer element. A stainless steel immersion shaft protrudes into the … Continue reading “Industrial analogue temperature measurement”

Central energy fund board, including acting CEO and CFO, suspended

  Mmamoloko Kubayi, the minister of energy, has suspended the Central Energy Fund (CEF) board, including its acting chief executive, chief financial officer and company secretary. Mmamoloko Kubayi Fin24 was tipped off about the suspension by a source on Monday. CEF spokesperson Jacky Mashapu declined to comment, pointing journalists to … Continue reading “Central energy fund board, including acting CEO and CFO, suspended”

Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa

  Having recently returned from the Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Copenhagen, I was amazed at how much momentum there is internationally in the support of renewable energy. There was clearly no shortage of talking points for the approximately 2500 delegates, and it seems clear that independent power producers (IPPs) … Continue reading “Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa”

Protection for wound rotor motors

  NewElec’s 330 Series motor protection relays are designed for heavy industry service and are suitable for use on wound rotor motors used on moving machinery such as hoists and overhead cranes.  As thermal overloading or overheating of the motor may lead to insulation failure and damage of the winding, … Continue reading “Protection for wound rotor motors”

Compatible with renewable diesel fuel

  Cummins has announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification. Compared with conventional fossil-based diesel, paraffinic diesel fuels offer the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by between 40 and 90%. Paraffinic diesel fuels can … Continue reading “Compatible with renewable diesel fuel”

World’s first rental generator for use in hazardous zones

  Aggreko and JB Well Solutions have developed the world’s only diesel power generator certified for rental use in hazardous areas. The 750 kVA unit is fully ATEX approved and has full safety features that allow it to be used in hazardous zones both on and offshore, and is believed to … Continue reading “World’s first rental generator for use in hazardous zones”

DC power supply simulates PV array with high output

  TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda Genesys+ series of high power density programmable DC power supplies – the 5 kW, 1U model is the first in the series. Utilising digital signal processing (DSP) technology, these units provide improved efficiency, performance and functionality over existing products available on … Continue reading “DC power supply simulates PV array with high output”

How to transform the electricity system

  Speaking at an event hosted by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) recently, Markus Steigenberger, the deputy executive director of Agora Energiewende, said that the transformation of the German electricity system from a dependency of coal and nuclear to renewables has resulted in a significant reduction in harmful emissions … Continue reading “How to transform the electricity system”

Gas could power SA growth

  A gas economy could significantly drive South African economic growth, and the discovery of substantial natural gas reserves in the Karoo would be akin to finding gold and sparking a new gold (gas) rush, speakers said at the opening of the 4th annual Africa LPG Summit and Natural Gas … Continue reading “Gas could power SA growth”

How Animals Can Predict the Future

sensors turn animals into something like environmental buoys, using them to predict and monitor things beyond earthquakes, perhaps illustrating environmental patterns with broad economic significance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

German Carmakers Looking Into Diesel Hardware Fix

shore up diesel, which is a critical part of their strategy to avoid hefty fines under stricter carbon-dioxide targets beginning in 2020.The plan involving hardware upgrades for diesel cars goes beyond… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bison Returned From the Brink Just in Time for Climate Change

necessary part of a cycle that can restore over-grazed land to its natural state, sequestering carbon, regenerating grasslands and thereby slowing climate change and even potentially reversing it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

African clean energy company debuts on JSE

July 31, 2017

  The JSE’s first black-empowered clean energy group, AEP Energy Africa (AEP), recently debuted on the exchange as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The Pan African group is the first in South Africa to expose investors to the full spectrum of clean energy, beyond renewables only, with liquefied natural … Continue reading “African clean energy company debuts on JSE”

Plastics factory goes solar powered

  Husqvarna Group is building its first solar power generating facility at its current injection molding site in Nashville, USA. The new facility is expected to reduce the CO2  footprint by approximately 1000 t in the first year of operation and approximately 25 000 t over the expected 25 year life … Continue reading “Plastics factory goes solar powered”

Lidar for bankable offshore wind measurements

  Leading wind measurement experts gathered in London claimed that lidars have been replacing met masts to become the sole wind measurement tool used for offshore resource assessment and power curve verification purposes. These experts stated that lidar technology had over the years fully proven its ability to provide wind … Continue reading “Lidar for bankable offshore wind measurements”

Turkey Insurance Companies Plunge on Second Freak July Storm

July 30, 2017

closed down.Environmental PlanningWhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government has planted more than 3.5 billion trees in the past 15 years, critics say poor environmental planning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

French President Macron says Paris climate agreement irreversible

… Trump’s decision to withdraw from the pact. “The Paris agreement… and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Canada Carbon provides update on CPTAQ application

…July 10 (Reuters) – Canada Carbon Inc * Canada Carbon provides update… on CPTAQ application * Canada Carbon Inc – informed of decision… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

G20 will urge Trump to rejoin Paris climate agreement – UK PM May

… the Paris agreement on climate change and G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg… they will be able to find a way to come back in to the Paris agreement … I… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Rain Carbon Inc announces launch of senior secured notes offering

…March 16 (Reuters) – Rain Carbon Inc * Rain Carbon Inc announces… launch of senior secured notes offering * Rain Carbon Inc – has commenced… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Diesel Ban Looms Over German Home of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz

July 29, 2017

VW’s Touareg SUV using a 3-liter diesel engine has similar software installed.Porsche RecallThe Porsche recall affects cars with 3-liter TDI V6 diesel engines, which were developed by sister brand… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

How a Canadian Timber Company Is Using U.S. Racketeering Law to Go After Greenpeace

when, Resolute claims, the old-growth forest that loggers take down absorbs dramatically less carbon dioxide than young forest growth that results from seeding, planting, or natural regeneration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First shipment of lightweight, flexible thin-film PV panels delivered

July 28, 2017

  Ascent Solar Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, lightweight, and flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions, has delivered the first shipment of its panels. The first shipment, which represents approximately 21% of the total contract size, was delayed from the original scheduled shipment date at the request of the … Continue reading “First shipment of lightweight, flexible thin-film PV panels delivered”

High efficiency solar panels ordered

  SunPower, a majority-owned subsidiary of Total, and Tenergie, an independent renewable power producer, has announced that SunPower is supplying 29,9 MW of its high efficiency E-Series solar panels for several rooftop and ground-mount solar projects which Tenergie is developing in France. The panels are being installed on 157 rooftop … Continue reading “High efficiency solar panels ordered”

First energy storage conference announced

  EE Publishers will present the SA Energy Storage 2017 conference and exhibition on 28 and 29 November this year. The event, which will be hosted at Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng, will be themed, “Showcasing energy storage technologies and applications as an enabling and disruptive technology”, and will cover policy, regulatory, … Continue reading “First energy storage conference announced”

Drones take off in utility inspections

  Concerns over worker safety are helping to drive the adoption of drones in utility inspections to new heights. Technology in the form of drones is helping to enhance the safety of employees inspecting power lines, mobile base stations and solar installations, while boosting productivity at the same time. So much … Continue reading “Drones take off in utility inspections”

Supporting integration of offshore wind energy

  ABB has won a $30-million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC light static compensators (STATCOMs) to smooth out voltage fluctuations from intermittent wind energy. These devices will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies for … Continue reading “Supporting integration of offshore wind energy”

Aeroderivative gas turbine for mobile power generation

  In an effort to speed-up fast-track power initiatives, Siemens introduces the SGT-A45 TR mobile gas turbine to its portfolio. The SGT-A45 TR addresses the growing market for fast power. With an electrical generating capacity of up to 44 MW, this aeroderivative gas turbine is packaged for rapid deployment, and … Continue reading “Aeroderivative gas turbine for mobile power generation”

Earthing, lightning protection exams begin

  The recently-launched Earthing and Lighting Protection Association (ELPA) has announced that the first set of ELPA examinations is set to commence in August 2017. ELPA national director Trevor Manas says it is ELPA’s intention to co-ordinate the dissemination of knowledge for lightning industry practitioners, end-users and the public, to … Continue reading “Earthing, lightning protection exams begin”

Barnier Warns of Poor Progress in Brexit Talks

for a few months, according to one of the people.Barnier didn’t completely exclude that an agreement on the terms of withdrawal will be reached by October, depending on internal political developments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Macron Nationalizes Shipyard, Spooking Outsiders

first action is more interventionism,” said Ludovic Subran, chief economist at Euler Hermes in Paris. “For the private sector, this sends the wrong message.”But Macron has his reasons, said Jerome… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

As Tesla 3 Hits the Streets, Where Are the Other Electric Vehicles?

efficiency from 20 years ago.6. So why is Volvo getting rid of gasoline-only cars?It’s partly about carbon but also about diesel. European automakers and their regulators have long relied on diesel to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Earnings: Smelling The Coffee (And Burgers)

that stands to benefit from everything getting wired up: natural gas.Natural gas also emits less carbon than coal. For Shell, this provides an impetus to align with measures like the Paris accord on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW Sees Intensifying Headwind Amid Recovery From Diesel Woes

reputation threatens Volkswagen and other German automakers, who need diesel to meet stricter carbon-dioxide emissions targets while they ramp up electric-car development. The U.K. added urgency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airport Spree; Amazon Enters Singapore: Your Evening Briefing

Index calculated what slice of each top billionaire’s fortune would be needed to buy all the carbon credits required to offset all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in their home country during… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Municipal landfill gas-to-electricity project

July 27, 2017

  The Johannesburg landfill gas-to-energy project, initially conceived as a carbon reduction project, aims to mitigate greenhouse gases from five landfill sites in Johannesburg, through converting its landfill gas to electricity. The five sites have a combined potential capacity of 18,6 MW of electricity, and the project will be by … Continue reading “Municipal landfill gas-to-electricity project”

Energize appointed official journal for SA solar industry

  The South African Solar Voltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has appointed Energize as its official journal. In a letter to the association’s members, Niveshen Govender, SAPVIA’s programme manager, says that Energize provides content which is relevant to SAPVIA and its members, as well as to the renewable energy sector of Southern Africa. Niveshen Govender … Continue reading “Energize appointed official journal for SA solar industry”

Home automation at decor expo

  ElectroMechanica will display the latest in home automation and wireless radio frequency technology at Decorex Joburg 2017 from 9 to 13 August. An important aspect of the expo is connectivity, with local homes featuring a large number of electrical appliances. With the help of Hager’s KNX automation systems, South … Continue reading “Home automation at decor expo”

Daimler Vows to Fight for Diesel's Survival Amid Disruption

lowering the price and increasing the range of battery-powered cars to meet increasingly tough environmental regulations. An EU antitrust fine “could be so big that it absolutely hammers earnings,” GAM’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Corn Could Be Major Victim of Climate Change

agriculture, but climate change is expected to make matters significantly worse. Determining how much worse has historically been a challenge. A new study, however, says climate-induced drought… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Many Billionaires Would It Take to Save the Planet?

even after offsetting the emissions in their respective countries.Carbon taxes don’t actually eliminate pollutants. With carbon trading, national governments set a cap on emissions and can either… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A Different Kind of Car Factory Is Opening Up in Los Angeles

climate change. A day earlier, Brown signed legislation that extended California’s efforts to curb carbon-dioxide emissions, knocking Trump for his decision to pull out of an international pact to cut… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Market Will Kill Oil Before the Government Does

weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a similar plan to cut smog and become a carbon neutral nation.While the targets will send a strong signal to automakers in Europe about the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Promises Won't Kill the Combustion Engine

Granted, electric vehicles already have a lot of fans. People like the idea of reducing their carbon footprint, as well as electric cars’ fast acceleration and noiselessness. Tesla has a big order… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Petronas Deals Fresh Blow as World Exits Canada's Energy Patch

July 26, 2017

balancing energy exports and climate action.The Malaysian state-run oil and natural gas producer cited an “extremely challenging environment” of low prices and other changes in declining to proceed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Canadian Business Warns Trudeau on Rising Cost of Climate Plan

ways to cut business costs to offset the impact of an emissions plan that includes a minimum carbon price beginning next year. Failure to do so could mean “seriously undermining Canada’s competitiveness… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Al Gore Says He’s More Optimistic About Paris Climate Deal

for political campaigns. “The truth about the climate crisis is still inconvenient for the big carbon polluters, and the politicians that they support with their big campaign contributions and lobbying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

E@L- Yacht race to St. Helena

July 25, 2017

  The “once-in-a-lifetime” Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from Cape Town to Jamestown on St. Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean is a 1750 nautical mile yacht race which takes place every two years. Months of hard work and meticulous preparation preceded our departure on Canace, a 13 m long … Continue reading “E@L- Yacht race to St. Helena”

What you SHOULD know about the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations?

GCX Newsletter, 20 July, 2017. The reporting system is part of South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Climate Accord. Author: Dustin Lawrence – Low Carbon Engineer at GCX Carbon & Energy The release of the National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations (NGER) earlier this year was intended to introduce a single national … Continue reading “What you SHOULD know about the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations?”

DoE: New data shows benefits of renewable energy

  The Renewable Energy Data and Information Service (REDIS) has been updated with new data up until June 2017. REDIS provides project data for 121 renewable energy generators, and now features more than one million hourly electricity production data records from 83 plants in operation, from April 2012 to June … Continue reading “DoE: New data shows benefits of renewable energy”

U.K. Seeking to Fill Climate Leadership Void Left by Trump

having talks with “other players” in the U.S. who are seeking to ensure the U.S. delivers on its carbon reduction commitments. Last week the mayor of Houston visited the U.K. and discussed climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Opens Power Grid to Batteries in Step to Save $52 Billion

and France, Clark said.“Today’s report provides clear direction on how we move to a secure, low carbon, flexible energy system, using efficiency and innovation to help keep costs down for bill payers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewables Dominate China's New Capacity as Coal's Role Slips

end of June, according to the NEA. The country has been boosting clean energy to help reduce carbon emissions and fight pollution. It pledged earlier this year to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($370… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Time-domain link technology for digital substations

July 24, 2017

  SEL announces the release of a digital substation solution engineered with simplicity in mind – TiDL technology. In a TiDL solution, field modules are placed in the yard close to the primary equipment to digitise discrete I/O signals and analogue data, and then transport them over a fibre-optic cable to … Continue reading “Time-domain link technology for digital substations”

Innovative modular power solution

  ABB’s MNS-Up solution integrates uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and switchgear technologies into a single, modular system, which can lower a UPS’ footprint by as much as 30%, increase uptime, and significantly reduce maintenance costs. As a highly integrated, fully scalable solution, the solution allows switchgear and UPS modules to be … Continue reading “Innovative modular power solution”

High pressure on the high seas

  To convert natural gas to liquid form for transportation by ship, cooling installations are used both before filling the tanks and during sailing, to keep the gas in its liquid state. As the power supply on board is sometimes inconsistent, the Sirius Soft Starter 3RW44 from Siemens is used in combination … Continue reading “High pressure on the high seas”

100 km on just a 10 minute charge

  The company Kostad, based in Ebreichsdorf near Vienna, develops innovative charging stations for electric vehicles. To achieve its aim is to launch the best charging station available, the company is relying on technology derived from the Siemens control portfolio. This has enabled the company to reduce the time required … Continue reading “100 km on just a 10 minute charge”

Conservative Party Merger Alters Landscape in Canada's Oil Patch

July 23, 2017

the merger agreement doesn’t specify a plan to repeal the carbon tax, its key figures have all campaigned against it. Notley’s carbon measures include a hard cap on emissions from Alberta’s oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Elon Musk Claims U.S. Approval For World’s Longest Tunnel

July 22, 2017

Musk launched the Boring Co. in December with a series of Twitter posts, tapping veteran SpaceX engineer Steve Davis to oversee the project. In January, the company began digging in the parking lot… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Investing in Environmental Responsibility

to its causes as well. In some cases, they could be triply exposed: paying out for impacts on carbon-intensive infrastructure damaged by catastrophic events caused by climate change, all while holding… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Hydropower market forecasts regional growth

July 21, 2017

  The global hydropower market is set to exceed 1300 GW by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. Rising electricity demand coupled with increasing investment towards sustainable energy will stimulate the global hydropower market size. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), hydroelectric generation accounts … Continue reading “Hydropower market forecasts regional growth”

Finland’s first electric ferry improves efficiency

  Finland’s first battery-powered ferry, the Elektra, reduces congestion in traffic between Nauvo and Korppoo. Service between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku archipelago begins soon. Siemens will provide the technology for the new vessel on the Parainen-Nauvo route. The ferry will have battery packages charged with shore-side electricity, which are … Continue reading “Finland’s first electric ferry improves efficiency”

Chrysler Touting Minivan’s Electric Plug, But Only in California

PacificaSource: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NVConsumers in California — home to Tesla Inc., environmental-activist Governor Jerry Brown and zero-emission vehicle mandates — are different, said Tim… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Power Giant Urges Australia to Exclude Coal in Its Clean Target

power would be generated from low-emissions sources, encouraging gas, renewables and potentially carbon capture and storage.Generators would receive certificates for the power they produce depending… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Sinclair Revolution Will Be Televised. It’ll Just Have Low Production Values

of net income on $2.7 billion of revenue. (It also has $4 billion in debt.) But the recent growth has sharpened a conflict at the heart of the company, pitting Smith’s desire to build a national… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SoulCycle’s New Exercise Bike Will Make Your Workout Even Harder

of the previous model, in which the brake comes into direct contact with the flywheel. Using a carbon-belt drivetrain built by Portland, Ore.-based Stages Cycling, it’s smooth, quiet, requires no… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Fossil Fuels Project That Pits Trump’s Base Against Itself

emissions. Those products would be turned into high-value chemicals like methanol and hydrogen. Carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, would be injected into the Earth to stimulate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cold Brew Might Save the Coffee Market

cups infused with nitrogen, which offers a frothy and bubbly, adult-beverage feeling with the carbonation and beer-like head from the nitrogen. Starbucks last week announced plans to expand its offering… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner

July 20, 2017

  When it comes to the heated energy debate in South Africa, “blessed are the peacemakers” is surely a principle to be encouraged. We need as many cool heads as we can get. So when Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North-West University writes that he “object(s) strongly” to article titles which … Continue reading “Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner”

SANEA thinking energy workshop: grid resilience

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will be hosting its Thinking Energy Workshop: Grid Resilience at the Glenhove Conference Centre in Johannesburg on 31 August 2017. This event will provide an opportunity for delegates and experts to share experiences and gain a better understanding of the grid infrastructure … Continue reading “SANEA thinking energy workshop: grid resilience”

Mercedes Recall Points to Diesel’s Decline

tens of thousands of jobs, in a bind. They need the fuel to have a chance at meeting tougher environmental targets that start kicking in next decade.While Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW AG are all ramping… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Mercedes Really Needs You to Keep Driving Diesels

motives for re-calibrating some three million vehicles are almost certainly financial, not environmental. The recall won’t cost much. The software fix works out at about 70 euros per vehicle, while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

How Trump Could Puncture the Equity Bubble

days after his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord that was supported by all the remaining 19 nations in the G-20 group.Trade tensions with Europe have also increased. Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump Reveals Start to Nafta Talks as Canada, Mexico Huddle

Wednesday with Bloomberg TV Canada. It will be much harder for U.S. lawmakers to change Nafta — not unlike changing health care — because it’s something already in place, he said, as opposed to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Canadian Province Pushes California on Climate Change

of their carbon markets, Ontario minister for environment Glen Murray says there are holes in the Golden State’s system that may allow oil refiners and power generators to spew carbon dioxide into… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Murdochs Warn That Delaying Sky Deal Would Hurt U.K. Post Brexit

will be carefully scrutinized by others keen to gauge the government’s commitment to creating a climate conducive to investment,” Fox co-Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and Chief Executive Officer James Murdoch… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Gadgets Won’t Save You From Climate Change, But They May Keep You Cool

lithium-ion battery. Also included were a drainage tube—and an invoice for $1,911.15. In the name of climate reporting, I had ordered a dozen different items that promised to keep me cool outside of my… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Electric Cars Are Everywhere Except Here, Now: QuickTake Q&A

California, Davis researchers.4. Why is Volvo getting rid of gasoline-only cars?It’s partly about carbon but also about diesel. European automakers and their regulators have long relied on diesel to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Obscure Coal CEO Rains Money on Trump While Outflanking Rivals

coal jobs back, competitive challenges remain in a world that appears mostly united in cutting carbon emissions to combat climate change.“He can’t change that in the end,” said Tom Sanzillo, director… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Overcoming winter ambient temperatures

July 19, 2017

  Many South African industries including food and beverage, lubricant, bitumen, petrochem and automotive will again be faced with cold winter temperatures and wreaking havoc on their manufacturing, processes and operational efficiencies. Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can overcome this problem by keeping products at an optimal temperature, lowering viscosity and ensuring … Continue reading “Overcoming winter ambient temperatures”

OPEC Wrestles Over Oil Output While Top Importer's Demand Is in Peril

than $115.While the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners have an agreement to implement output curbs aimed at shrinking the oversupply and propping up prices, the International… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

First Half of 2017 Ranks 2nd Hottest Globally, Behind 2016

4 degrees Celsius). That’s 1.6 degrees warmer than the 20th century average. Natural El Ninos spike global temperatures. But NOAA climate scientist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo says it is remarkable that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Illinois ZECs Ruling A Blow To Merchant Power Producers

New Energy Finance:Ostensibly, lawmakers want to keep these plants open because they don’t emit carbon dioxide — zero emissions — and provide reliable power supply. Both of these things are true… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Daimler Will Recall 3 Million Diesel Cars Across Europe to Fix Emissions

government officials in Berlin last week. With diesel crucial to Daimler’s strategy to lower carbon-dioxide emissions, the automaker can ill afford to have the technology and its reputation burdened… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

States Can Recharge Rooftop Solar

July 18, 2017

costs involved. This amounts to a subsidy.Solar power should indeed be subsidized, relative to carbon-based energy — to protect against climate change and the lung-damaging pollution that comes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What If Big Oil’s Bet on Gas Is Wrong?

month.Pouyanne and his peers have pitched the fuel as a bridge between a fossil-fuel past and a carbon-free future. Gas emits less pollution than oil and can be burned to produce the power that grids… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Calif. high court sides with regional agency on greenhouse-gas impact study

July 15, 2017

… not abuse its discretion by failing to adequately consider greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Carbon From L.A. to Paris Jumps as Lawmakers Plan Tightening

the biggest U.S. carbon trading program. In Europe, allowances reached their highest level since March as politicians debate proposals to cut a permit glut, while New Zealand carbon contracts rose… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What’s Behind Exxon’s Latest Climate-Friendly Turn

he cheers the carbon tax promoting “use of today’s lower-carbon options.”There’s also a legal reason for Exxon to endorse the council’s plan: It seeks to bar lawsuits over carbon emissions. To… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Formula E CEO Says Race Is First to Offset Emissions

Alejandro Agag, Formula E chief executive officer, talks making history with the first zero carbon emission ePrix and his positive outlook for electric cars with Scarlet Fu on “Bloomberg Markets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Nuclear Power, Once Cash Cow, Now Has Tin Cup

government’s social cost of carbon, intended as a comprehensive estimate of climate-change damage from burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas that add heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the atmosphere… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Record Norwegian Troll Gas May Help Beat U.K. Winter Woes

total, it more affects where we route the gas.”U.K. plans to phase out coal, together with a carbon price floor that discourages dirtier-burning fuels, boosted gas demand for power generation last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SANEA energy rendezvous, Cape Town

July 14, 2017

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will host its next Cape Town-based Energy Rendezvous on 26 July 2017 at 18h00. Addressing the topic “How will my research change the world?”, four post graduate students will present their approach, methodology and status of their research: Mbali Mabaso: Scaling energy … Continue reading “SANEA energy rendezvous, Cape Town”

U.K. Grid Faces Test of 1 Million Electric Cars in 5 Years

National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios report. A more modest increase occurs if Britain makes environmental sustainability a policy priority. In that case, shared, driverless vehicles could make up… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Climate Change May Bring Disasters and Deeper Poverty to Asia

most affected by coastal flooding13 of the top 20 cities with the largest growth of annual flood losses from 2005-2050 are in the regionClimate change will also make food production in the region… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Koch Accuses Crestview Partners of ‘Greenmail’ in Oxbow Sale

engaged in “greenmail’’ as part of an unsuccessful bid to force the quick sale of Koch’s Oxbow Carbon energy company.Crestview, a New York-based private equity firm, conspired with turncoat Oxbow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Wants to Steer UN Climate Cash Toward Building Coal Plants

the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord in which nearly 200 nations agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, Trump insisted he would be open to a new deal that protects… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pratt Engine Fixes Prompt IndiGo to Ground Seven Airbus Planes

Embraer SA. Airbus deliveries have been affected amid problems with engine parts, including the carbon seal and combustor liner.For IndiGo, a lack of spare parts for Pratt’s new geared turbofan has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Elon Musk Exposes Deep Coal Divide in Australia

$16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, expects a move to clean energy will completely wipe out its carbon emissions by 2050.Energy policy is a fraught subject Down Under, where a push by the majority… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Counts Costs of Tackling Its 'Grave' Pollution Problem

reform an industry when leading companies are making money.”Meanwhile, China as the world’s top carbon dioxide emitter has reinforced its commitments to the Paris climate accord to cut greenhouse… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Generation for future networks: Are flexible gas turbines the answer?

July 13, 2017

  Gas turbines are seen as the bulk power generation choice of the future, for reasons of economy, lower emissions, and operational issues. Future demands place gas turbines in operating situations which differ from the classical usage, and will require new designs and new operating constraints. Lower gas prices, increased … Continue reading “Generation for future networks: Are flexible gas turbines the answer?”

Register now for Power-Gen & Distributech Africa 2017

  Africa’s premier power sector expo and conference will be staged from 18 – 20 July at the Sandton Convention Centre Power sector stakeholders from across Africa and abroad will converge at the Sandton Convention Centre this month, for the annual Ppower-Gen & Distributech Africa 2017 expo and conference. Focused … Continue reading “Register now for Power-Gen & Distributech Africa 2017”

Rise in global gas demand predicted

  The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the global natural gas market will undergo a major transformation driven by new supplies coming from the United States to meet growing demand in developing economies. The evolution of the role of natural gas in the global energy mix has far-reaching consequences on … Continue reading “Rise in global gas demand predicted”

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Energy and Environmental Science Journal 2015 Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it’s technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy. One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the … Continue reading “Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050”

Fiat Chrysler Makes Diesels Again as U.S. Is Said to Near Ruling

pickups that were ordered off the market by U.S. regulators, preparing for a verdict from the Environmental Protection Agency in hopes of being able to sell them.The carmaker began building a small… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.S. cities, states, businesses vow to still measure greenhouse gas emissions

… by nearly 200 countries to curb climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions… administration had vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

The EU Finally Finds Its Voice at G-20

months.”While all of the EU’s members have signed the Paris Accord designed to limit emissions of carbon-dioxide and slow the global rise of temperatures, the EU itself is also a signatory. The bloc… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity supply systems of the future

July 12, 2017

  The purpose of modern power systems is to supply electric energy while satisfying the potentially conflicting requirements of an economical solution with high reliability which offers the best environmental protection. This article discusses international views on the subject of future supply systems. Electricity utilities and operators need to be … Continue reading “Electricity supply systems of the future”

Power developments in Africa, July 2017

  US$500-million for private renewable projects in Egypt The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has taken a major step forward in the rollout of renewable energy with the approval of a US$500-million framework to finance renewable energy in Egypt. The country aims to stimulate private investment in over … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, July 2017”

South African electricity market: Adaptive power generation models will become essential

  Neeraj Sanjay Mense Over the past decade, the South African electricity sector has witnessed dynamic change. An economic shift from mining and industrial production towards a service industry has reduced electricity demand to pre-2008 levels. Under these challenging circumstances, the continued development of the electricity supply industry will prove … Continue reading “South African electricity market: Adaptive power generation models will become essential”

Electric vehicles have another record year

  The global electric car stock, primarily composed of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), surpassed 2-million units in 2016. This is an increase of 60% from 2015 sales, indicating rapid market evolution. Electric vehicles (EVs) have the capacity to increase energy efficiency, diversify transport energy … Continue reading “Electric vehicles have another record year”

New Zealand carbon scheme on hold as prices plunge

… targets * New Zealand carbon prices plummet * Policy proposals likely… to keep carbon prices cheap By Gyles Beckford WELLINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Meeting grid code requirements for wind farms in South Africa

  The growing global demand for energy, coupled with the increasing popularity of the “green” lifestyle, has fueled the search for clean, renewable energy resources in recent years. Wind energy, in particular, is being harnessed throughout the world and is quickly becoming the utility industry’s most popular renewable energy source. … Continue reading “Meeting grid code requirements for wind farms in South Africa”

EU parliament extends exemption for foreign flights from carbon emissions scheme

… of international flights from the EU’s charges for carbon emissions, but only… carbon emissions trading system after the UN’s International Civil… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Banks Heed Carney's Call to Tackle Risks of Climate Change

Leaders noted the findings in a Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth signed on Saturday by all countries except the U.S.Read More: Trump Isolated Again as G-20 Sees U.S. Slowly Pulling AwayThe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Remember Peak Oil? Demand May Top Out Before Supply Does

concerned with boosting supply. The advent of electric cars, the fight against climate change, and slowing economic growth in China is dampening the world’s once boundless appetite for crude. Carmaker Volvo… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Orvis Helios 3 Review: One Fly Rod to Rule Them all

revenue.Making a Rod Most contemporary fly rods are made in essentially the same way. Sheets of carbon fiber treated with a sticky resin are sandwiched in two layers and rolled around a metal tube… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity Overtook Fossil Fuels in Push for Investment in 2016

limit smog reduced the appeal of the dirtiest fossil fuel. Companies spent their capital on low-carbon electricity generation and networks, making up 65 percent of the global total at $259 billion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Guide on installing solar PV systems released

July 11, 2017

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), in its ongoing support for and encouragement of solar PV installations and as part of its PV Greencard initiative, has released a comprehensive guide on how to install a solar PV system. The booklet, in PDF format, can be downloaded by clicking … Continue reading “Guide on installing solar PV systems released”

How to ensure quality and safe embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) installations

  As solar PV in South Africa is in the process of transitioning from the utility-scale market into the residential, commercial and industrial (RCI) market segments, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is supporting the development of mechanisms to ensure the responsible and sustainable transition into these markets. The … Continue reading “How to ensure quality and safe embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) installations”

Recognising outstanding engineering

  Consulting engineers and the engineering community are gearing up to celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism in the engineering industry. The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards will be held on 16 August 2017 at Vodacom World in Midrand. The event is organised by CESA and … Continue reading “Recognising outstanding engineering”

Renewable energy: Would a worldwide grid be the solution?

  The advent of large scale renewable generation, mainly solar and wind (inverter-based resources), has created a number of discussions both locally and internationally especially with regards to the variability of generation resulting from ambient conditions, as well as the lack of inertia present with inverter-based resources. Rob Stephen With … Continue reading “Renewable energy: Would a worldwide grid be the solution?”

Reactive Power – specialists in compensation

  Reactive Power has rapidly advanced to the leading MV power factor correction and harmonic filtering supplier in Southern Africa. It is based in Johannesburg and operates throughout the Southern African region. The company has served the electrical industry since the late 1980s and in recent years has supplied over … Continue reading “Reactive Power – specialists in compensation”

AXA, Burberry Among Companies Committing to 100% Clean Energy

renewable sources. And Akzo Nobel NV, the Amsterdam-based paints and coatings company, plans to be carbon neutral and be 100 percent dependent on clean energy by 2050.They’re following a path forged… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Aramco to Spend $300 Billion as CEO Frets Over World Oil Supply

France plans to end the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 in a bid to become a carbon-neutral nation, and Volvo Car Group said last week it’s phasing out cars that rely on internal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

NIASA: Anti-nuclear campaign concerning

July 10, 2017

  Knox Msebenzi The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has reported that it is deeply concerned with the recent campaign, which took place in Khayelitsa Township, Cape Town, hosted by anti-nuclear activist Horst Kleinschmidt, alarming community members on “radiation disasters”. According NIASA director, Knox Msebenzi, Kleinschmidt convoluted the … Continue reading “NIASA: Anti-nuclear campaign concerning”

Reducing energy-related emissions in buildings

  There are hundreds of millions of individual buildings in the world, each presenting multiple and diverse energy needs. Thanks to a new standard, ISO 16745, determining and reporting a carbon metric of an existing building, associated with the operation of the building, will become easier and will help reduce … Continue reading “Reducing energy-related emissions in buildings”

The voice of the off-grid industry

  The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is a business association that represents the decentralised clean energy sector with members along the whole value chain. It was founded in 2006 to act as a solution provider in order to advance access to clean energy and energy services in developing and … Continue reading “The voice of the off-grid industry”

Wall Street Sours on $9 Billion Mechanism for Green Projects

yield of 500 companies on the Standard & Poor’s index.The yieldco structure became a major growth engine for renewables, spawning at least eight yieldcos in North America and similar entities in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Australia's Joyce Says He Isn't Against Taking Coal-Plant Stake

July 9, 2017

Australian balance sheet.”Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government is under pressure to curb carbon emissions by electricity generators without driving up power costs. Residential power disconnections… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

G-20 Outcome Shows Trump's America Is Going Its Own Way

Russian involvement.Paris AccordWith the U.S. refusing to align itself with the other G-20 members on climate change, the French president made a last-minute attempt to keep Trump on board, organizing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Balance of Power: So What Happened At the G-20?

American isolation on climate change. And at one point Macron even pulled out his iPhone to explain to the American delegation how global trade works. With friends like these…G-20 unplugged | Even… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China, EU Bolster Greener Global Shipping to Curb Emissions

July 8, 2017

industry, currently responsible for as much as 3 percent of the world’s emissions, into a zero-carbon operation by the second half of the century.The shift toward clean power was prompted by the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Weather Gets Weird as Record Rainfall Follows Record Drought

announced the country’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty, aimed at trying to slow climate change.What Comes of Paris Climate Accord Without U.S.: QuickTake Q&A“Hydrological extremes — floods and droughts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Eskom has over recovered R7,6bn in renewables-related costs since 2014

July 7, 2017

  Acknowledgement: This article was published here by Engineering News, and is republished with permission. Mike Levington, SAPVIA member and MD of energy resources company Navitas Holdings, reveals that because R38,5-billion of renewable energy purchases is already factored into the average Eskom sales tariff, Eskom has over-recovered some R7,6-billion through … Continue reading “Eskom has over recovered R7,6bn in renewables-related costs since 2014”

Automation systems for German sanding machine manufacturer

  Maschinenfabrik Hans Weber , based in the Franconian town of Kronach, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of wood and lacquer sanding machines. Weber has selected the Siemens Simatic portfolio as its source of automation systems. Building on a uniform, recognised standard which is used on a widespread basis around … Continue reading “Automation systems for German sanding machine manufacturer”

Late to the Battery-Car Race, VW Says It Can Still Blunt Tesla

plans this week to phase out cars that rely on combustion engines early in the next decade, and the French government set out environmental policies that eliminate gasoline and diesel as vehicle fuels… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Merkel's Husband Is Sending Ivanka and Melania Trump to Learn About Climate Change

As Group of 20 leaders seek to avoid a blowup over the U.S. stance on climate change, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband is giving Ivanka Trump a lesson in what it looks like.President Donald… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Governor Plans to Host 2018 Global Climate Summit

to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change,” Brown said in the video… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The G-19 Must Prove Trump Wrong: View (Audio)

and the other countries at the G-20 summit this week should respond to President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the world on trade and climate change by continuing to cooperate without… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China, EU Bolster Greening of Global Shipping to Curb Emissions

industry, currently responsible for as much as 3 percent of the world’s emissions, into a zero-carbon operation by the second half of the century.The shift toward clean power was prompted by the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Southern's Clean Coal Experiment Ends With Mississippi Order

order.”Kemper was supposed to turn coal into gas to produce electricity — all while removing carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming. At least that was idea as the U.S. government poured… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Millennials and Their iPhones Are Killing Your Old Power Company

bills itself as hastening the switch to a newer, more decentralized energy system with lower carbon emissions. Thermondo, which started as an online boiler brokerage, has since expanded into solar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The 5 Most Important Things the G-20 Won't Do

Trump to Be Tested on Russia at G-20Here’s what not to expect:Any breakthrough on trade. Even though Merkel said recently that it was her goal to have the G-20 send “a clear signal for free markets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Traders Flee Nasdaq Power Market for Better Deals With Banks

July 6, 2017

transactions handled by the exchange.Nasdaq also changed the range of its contracts. Forward agreements that allowed for payments to be made at a future date when the electricity is delivered were… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

G-20 Seeks to Contain Trump by Avoiding Mentions of Climate Change

controversial areas such as innovation, sustainable growth and competitiveness.Climate change has become one of the biggest issues at stake during the G-20 summit, after President Donald Trump last month… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

France Aims to End Sale of Fossil-Fuel-Powered Cars by 2040

France plans to end the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 in a bid to become a carbon-neutral nation, Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot said, effectively promoting electric cars.Presenting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Chicago Grabs Lead in Green Office Buildings, Study Shows

shift all city-owned buildings to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. The city as a whole cut carbon emissions by seven percent from 2010 to 2015, even as its population grew by 25,000, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The G-19 Must Prove Trump Wrong

other ways as well. Energy efficiency cuts costs, boosts growth and raises living standards; low-carbon energy means cleaner air and better health. The U.S. will continue to be a leader in this endeavor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Warming Might Be Speeding Up

mainly through direct observations. Those studies have found that, once there is twice as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as there was prior to the industrial revolution (a level expected to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank

  Johnny Dladla Eskom has signed a US$1,5-billion (approximately R19,6-billion) loan agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). This is the second such loan the power utility has negotiated with CDB, the first being for $500-million last year.  The period over which these amounts may be drawn by Eskom is … Continue reading “Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank”

Test and measurement solutions for electric vehicles

  The global electric vehicle market is fast growing and very dynamic, with a large number of new application areas and implementation characteristics. Based on these dynamics, many cell and battery manufacturers are facing challenges to deal with the exponential demand for costly, high-power/high-voltage cells in the 300 V range, … Continue reading “Test and measurement solutions for electric vehicles”

Volvo Is Going Electric Just Like Bob Dylan

diesel engines, nor will it sell only fully electric cars, a la Tesla Inc.While Volvo does plan several battery-electric models, many of its vehicles will still have a combustion engine. The difference… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

G-20's Financing of Fossil Fuels Outweighs Renewables, Study Says

financing from Group of 20 member countries, according to a report by environmental groups that urged more financing be directed to renewables to address climate change.Financing for oil, gas and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

In Praise of Scientific Theory

gases. They found that oxygen and nitrogen had no effect on the light, but carbon dioxide did. In repeated experiments, carbon dioxide absorbed and re-radiated infrared waves, which on a planetary scale… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Special Relationship? Trump and May to Test Ties at G-20

on Friday for the first time since a disagreement over climate change and the London Bridge terror attack.The meeting, at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, will be a far cry from the pair’s first… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Volvo Vaults to Volts, Planning to Pull Plug on Gasoline Engines

relied on diesel to reduce pollution, stricter rules that take effect in 2020 will cut limits on carbon dioxide emissions by a third — a threshold that’s almost impossible to meet without fully or… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Confronts German Port City That's Already Turning to China

cites climate change as another area of disagreement with the Trump administration.Hamburg is synonymous with free trade, and it’s no coincidence the city of Merkel’s birth is hosting the G-20. As… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Terrible Labels, Great Wine: Six Amazing Bottles Hurt by Bad Art

bottle of Provence rosé designed by a tattoo artist to an expensive champagne in a shiny, black, carbon-fiber bottle that took six days to create and looks luxurious in an ice bucket. In both cases… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Xi and Merkel Bond Over Panda Diplomacy in Prelude to G-20 Summit

nations, taking a joint stand before the Group of 20 summit during a day of panda diplomacy in Berlin.Two days before Merkel hosts other G-20 leaders in Hamburg, Xi’s stop in the German capital… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Set for Warm But Short-Lived Welcome at First Stop in Europe

Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom Poland’s capital, Trump will fly to Hamburg in Germany for a meeting of the Group of 20 leaders that begins Friday. There… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Are Eskom’s claims of “hardship” imposed by IPPs valid?

July 5, 2017

  In an article published by News24 on 20 June, Paul Herman refers to Eskom “current hardships including oversupply” as one of the reasons for the South African power utility not signing the Renewable Energy IPP Programme power purchase agreements (“PPAs”). Yet the utility has no one but itself to … Continue reading “Are Eskom’s claims of “hardship” imposed by IPPs valid?”

The danger of preconceptions and misconceptions

  A recent visit to Moscow as part of as media delegation caused me to change my mind about the city and reminded me how easily we allow preconceived ideas to become entrenched in our thinking. Mike Rycroft Based on impressions drawn from numerous spy novels that abounded in the … Continue reading “The danger of preconceptions and misconceptions”

High-end thermal imaging camera launched

  RS Components has announced availability of the latest thermal imaging camera from Fluke. The new Ti480 is a rugged 640 x 480-pixel thermal imaging camera which delivers precise and reliable information for engineers, enabling them to quickly and easily identify and diagnose potential problems before they become expensive failures. This … Continue reading “High-end thermal imaging camera launched”

Evening Briefing Europe: G-20, Frankfurt, A380, Uber, Drinking, Dachas

U.S. will be represented by a president who embraces protectionism and stands isolated on climate change. — Marc Champion, Peter Martin and Brian ParkinAnd the Brexit winner is… Frankfurt? The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China's Electric Cars Are Actually Pretty Dirty

though, the move away from conventional cars and trucks won’t immediately reduce the country’s carbon emissions. On the contrary, the production and exploitation of electric vehicles in China actually… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Balance of Power: Can North Korea Now Hit America?

by Trump as his America First focus marginalizes the U.S. on everything from free trade to climate change. More Russia probe testimony | The House Intelligence Committee is accelerating its probe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Costliest Gas in World Clouds China's Campaign for Bluer Skies

for about two thirds of China’s total energy consumption. Natural gas produces about half the carbon dioxide and just a fraction of the sulfur dioxides and particulates of coal when it’s burned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Court Rebukes EPA for Shelving Obama-Era Methane Regulation

emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas shown to warm the atmosphere 84 times more than carbon dioxide when measured over two decades.It applied to new and modified facilities, including oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A decade in unearthing future engineers

July 4, 2017

  In its quest to promote engineering as a career of choice, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and its Young Professionals Forum (YPF) has for the past decade celebrated Job Shadow Day with the aim of attracting South Africa’s learners into becoming the country’s future engineers. The initiative is geared … Continue reading “A decade in unearthing future engineers”

Survey reveals industry slow-down

  The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) bi-annual economic and capacity survey (BECS) for the period July to December 2016, indicates that earnings have reached an upper turning point with a softer growth outlook in the medium term. The South African economy grew by the slowest rate in 2016, since … Continue reading “Survey reveals industry slow-down”

Recognised for a life dedicated to science, engineering and technology

  Prof. Nicolas Beukes The minister of science and technology, Nalendi Pandor, presented a lifetime achievement award to Prof. Nicolas Beukes at the recent NSTF-South32 Awards ceremony. Prof. Beukes was recognised for his outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa over many years. The … Continue reading “Recognised for a life dedicated to science, engineering and technology”

Vibration tester for mechanical problems

  Fluke, represented by the Comtest Group, has on offer the Fluke 810 vibration tester, said to be the most advanced troubleshooting instrument available for vibration, enabling maintenance teams to collect data and diagnose and solve mechanical problems rapidly. This handheld machine is designed and programmed to diagnose the most common … Continue reading “Vibration tester for mechanical problems”

Germany Is Addicted to Russian Gas

transition known as the Energiewende, the country is at risk of missing its target to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels. After federal elections in September, the new government… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

High-efficiency PV panels launched

July 3, 2017

  Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, launched its latest high efficiency poly modules, named Ku Modules at the recent Intersolar Europe exhibition.  This portfolio of products uses the company’s proprietary black silicon cell technology. The black silicon cell efficiency exceeds that of the current standard poly cells in … Continue reading “High-efficiency PV panels launched”

Innovative analysis procedure for biogas substrates

  Weltec Biopower is developing a quick test for identifying inhibitors in biogas substrates. Input mass may contain substances that prevent efficient biogas production such as ammonium, copper, zinc, drugs and disinfectants which are often identified as inhibitors in slurry and manure. Even traces of these substances are detrimental to … Continue reading “Innovative analysis procedure for biogas substrates”

How to address non-technical risruptives in the energy sector

  Credit rating movements, exchange rate volatility, political shuffles, legal challenges, foreign elections and local activists all add to the turbulence of the world in which we live and work. How is the energy sector impacted and how should it react?  Perhaps, like a super-tanker, the sector has too much … Continue reading “How to address non-technical risruptives in the energy sector”

First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant in SA

  The research programme in biofuels at the North-West University, under the guidance of Prof. Sanette Marx, recently led to the commissioning of the first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant in South Africa. The plant has the capacity to process a lignocellulose biomass in water feed of 150 l /hour at a residence … Continue reading “First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant in SA”

Total to Sign Milestone Energy Deal in Iran for Gas Field

international energy company since sanctions were eased last year.Total and CNPC signed a “heads of agreement” with National Iranian Oil Co. in November to develop phase 11 of the South Pars offshore gas… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

'Clean Coal' Will Always Be a Fantasy

July 1, 2017

economic case for carbon capture. The Petra Nova facility, in Texas, was reportedly finished on time and on budget, but its construction required a $190 million federal grant, and the carbon-capture unit… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brazilian Ethanol Concerns Said to Drive Delay in EPA's Quotas

standards for biodiesel, typically derived from soybean oil; advanced biofuel, which has lower carbon emissions; and cellulosic ethanol, which comes from sources such as crop waste or algae.Sugarcane-derived… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Energy Dominance Mantra Is About Flogging Energy

is well-established. What is also well-established is that coal’s particulate pollutants and carbon content, as well as the more competitive pricing of foreign coal, natural gas and renewable power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Starting the journey towards energy-efficiency

June 30, 2017

  According to the International Energy Agency, many companies are using up to 100% more energy than they would if they were best practice, energy efficient businesses. Francis Barram After the power crisis of 2007 and 2008, and the steep rises in electricity tariffs that followed, South African industrial groups … Continue reading “Starting the journey towards energy-efficiency”

Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

  It’s unfortunate that titles such as “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” and “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” are used in articles about the energy sector. I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry … Continue reading “Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?”

Merkel Takes On Trump and Brexit in Combative G-20 Preview

solutions, even though we know that it’s not easy, for instance on the climate issue,” Merkel said.Climate ChangeAll the same, the G-20 takes place “amid a particular set of challenges,” she said in her… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BOE Governor Mark Carney on Climate Change

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney discusses public and private sector work on climate change ahead of the G-20 meeting. He speaks in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon-Free Nuclear Fusion Is Coming, if It Survives Trump’s Budget Cuts

the technology needed to build a reactor that generates a city’s worth of energy and emits zero carbon.The project in Tennessee feeds into work on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BOE's Carney Sees Risks to Climate Change Management

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney discusses public and private sector work on climate change ahead of the G-20 meeting. He speaks in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SodaStream on the Hunt for Acquisitions to Keep 340% Rally Going

SodaStream International Ltd., which makes machines to carbonate tap water at home, is looking to acquire companies and beef up marketing in key countries to keep its turnaround going.The world’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carney’s CEO Club Gives $3.3 Trillion Muscle to Climate Fight

growing climate risk, Carney said. Pricing in catastrophe bonds has changed dramatically in the last few decades “because they see the actual physical manifestations of climate change”, he said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Coal's Latest Woe: Even a Clean Coal Plant Won't Burn It

expensive to build. A plant that could turn locally-mined coal into gas and then capture the carbon emissions was seen as a valuable hedge against volatile commodity prices. The technology could… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Plans for a Nuclear Revival Will Begin With a Study

making deeper market changes to better compensate nuclear power plants for the reliable, zero-carbon electricity they offer depends on action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which lacks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Putting the Science Police to Better Use

seized upon by foes of limits on carbon emissions, the scientists tried to clean them up a little — only to see their efforts seized upon by foes of limits on carbon emissions. Given the huge quantities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Vows to Unleash the ‘Vast Energy Wealth’ of the U.S.

U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate accord, in which nearly 200 countries pledged to slash carbon dioxide emissions.The biggest change he revealed is a reversal on restrictions by the World Bank… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carney Says BOE Will Keep Polluting Industries in QE Program

and companies on how to be more transparent about risks they may face from the growth of low carbon goods and services, that could harm investments in highly polluting industries.Carney said he… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal's Hot Summer Won't Last

generation was down 4.8 percent from a year earlier in May, the worst performance since 2010. Low-carbon generation still accounts for around a quarter of China’s electricity mix, but for the past 12… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How the U.K.’s Tower Blaze Could Affect the Fight Against Global Warming

dubbed it the “first fuel” because saving energy is often the cheapest and easiest way to cut carbon-dioxide emissions. Some homeowners in old tower blocks where insulation is retrofitted may save… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities

  Utilities and municipalities need to innovate and be optimised to address South Africa’s power challenges and stay relevant, say experts ahead of the Power-Gen & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition taking place from 18 to 20 July 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Key industry stakeholders have highlighted the … Continue reading “New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities”

Beyond patronage politics: Where is South Africa going with Eskom?

June 28, 2017

  The seemingly never ending series of reports and investigations on financial mismanagement in Eskom rightfully triggered a media frenzy. Concerned citizens can only hope that the many investigations and reports will eventually result in prosecutions where needed and that the rule of law will be seen to apply to … Continue reading “Beyond patronage politics: Where is South Africa going with Eskom?”

Cooperation to improve grid efficiency

  The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility, agreed recently to enhance their co-operation with a view to advancing the energy transition under global and regional initiatives, including the Paris Agreement and the Belt and Road initiative. The framework … Continue reading “Cooperation to improve grid efficiency”

Electric vehicles generating own power

  As we move to the end game of energy independent electric aircraft, boats and land vehicles, a report from IDTechEx Research, “Electric Vehicle Energy Harvesting/Regeneration (EH/R) 2017-2037”, tells us how, where, why and when. Conventional vehicles will benefit from these technologies in the meantime giving a seamless route to … Continue reading “Electric vehicles generating own power”

Britain Has It 'Totally Wrong' on Approach to Energy, Ineos Says

a sound energy policy, the country risks falling behind other countries trying to develop low-carbon energy capacity. Big energy users such as Ineos also need stable policies when making their long-term… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Monitoring portal expanded

June 27, 2017

  Meteocontrol, the specialist for professional remote monitoring and quality assurance for solar systems, has expanded its monitoring portal. The newly developed portlet in the VCOM virtual control room now visualises the measured values from SolarEdge’s module-level monitoring platform. SolarEdge Technologies is one of the world’s leading providers of PV … Continue reading “Monitoring portal expanded”

Ready to power growth

  Chris Weston, CEO of British power generation company, Aggreko, participated in the second day of the St Petersburg Economic Forum, where Weston was a speaker. He signed a memorandum of understanding with the Far East Investment and Export Agency, in the presence of Alexander Galushka, Minister of Far East … Continue reading “Ready to power growth”

Disruptive technologies and their effect on power utilities

  Dr. Prathaban Moodley The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) held its “President’s Invitation Lecture” at the University of Johannesburg recently. Dr. Prathaban Moodley, the acting technology strategy manager at Eskom Research, Testing and Development, addressed an audience of 95 delegates on the topic of how incremental and … Continue reading “Disruptive technologies and their effect on power utilities”

An Environmental Push Is Rocking the Global Shipping Industry

Now container makers are doing their bit to help limit emissions believed to contribute to climate change.The shift in paint material started in July 2016 in the southern province of Guangdong under… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SAREC: Failure by DoE to solve PPA saga disappointing

June 26, 2017

  Brenda Martin The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is deeply disappointed that the Department of Energy (DoE) and Eskom failed to provide any certainty for investors during the recent update to parliament on Eskom’s failure to sign Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). The inter-governmental … Continue reading “SAREC: Failure by DoE to solve PPA saga disappointing”

New Eskom board reveal marred by more Gupta questions

  Lynne Brown Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday, 23 June 2017, reappointed four Eskom directors who, exactly a week ago, she said she wanted to get rid of. The four directors retained at Eskom’s annual general meeting on Friday are joined by four new nonexecutives and new acting … Continue reading “New Eskom board reveal marred by more Gupta questions”

VW Aims for Greater Diversity to Keep Cheaters in Check

11 million vehicles VW has acknowledged it equipped with software designed to circumvent environmental regulations. Hans Dieter Poetsch says it’s time to reinvent the company so such trickery can… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Dusty Fields Signal a Peak for the Global Wheat Glut

less. While yields are up, quality has declined and the grain contains less protein. And a changing climate means more heat and dry spells everywhere. Globally, this spring was the second-warmest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Running Out of Time to Reduce Stockpiles in 2017, Statoil Says

June 25, 2017

its central scenario. That is too late to meet the temperature target outlined in the Paris Climate agreement.”Peak oil has to happen extremely rapidly, by 2022, or we won’t reach that target,” said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Lithium Squeeze Looms as Top Miner Front-Loads, Chile Says

June 24, 2017

& Minera de Chile SA last month announced plans to increase its capacity to produce lithium carbonate from 48,000 to 63,000 metric tons a year. At that rate, it would reach its output limit of about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gazprom Smells Opportunity as U.K.'s Biggest Gas Store Shuts

employees. It complements the London-based trading unit active in markets from oil to gas, power and carbon.While Britain’s import needs are mostly met by Norway, it also receives Russian fuel indirectly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Producing industrial hydrogen from renewable energy

June 23, 2017

  Producing hydrogen requires a large amount of energy which is usually generated from carbon-emitting technologies such as coal-fired power stations. This article proposes a return to the way hydrogen used to be produced – by electrolysis of water, powered by renewable energy sources. Over 60-million tonnes of hydrogen is … Continue reading “Producing industrial hydrogen from renewable energy”

Capitalism Can Thrive Without Cooking the Planet

global warming like carbon dioxide.The Cost of CarbonDuring the past few decades, rich countries in Europe, East Asia and North America have had substantial economic growth. But carbon emissions from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Car Demand Boosts Companies Engaged With Lithium

has struggled to keep up with demand, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Prices for lithium carbonate jumped 335 percent between 2004 and 2016.“A further increase in global electric-vehicle sales… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Green Bond Investors Ask If Their Cash Is Being Spent as Promised

Data CrunchingTo help investors make use of this data, Rockefeller Foundation is supporting a “carbon yield” methodology that acts as a way of comparing the environmental impact of different investments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom board appoints acting CEO

June 22, 2017

  Eskom has announced the appointment of Johnny Dladla as Acting Group Chief Executive with immediate effect. Dladla has 22 years of experience within the power utility,  including five years as CEO of Eskom Enterprises and its subsidiaries. Dladla, a Chartered Marketer, has studied across a range of critical fields including finance and … Continue reading “Eskom board appoints acting CEO”

Renewable energy for baseload power

  Existing renewable energy sources are seen by many as being unsuitable for baseload generation. This article describes a new renewable energy power generation technology which could help to meet the challenge of providing baseload electricity at low cost while complying with the global requirement of limiting the rise in … Continue reading “Renewable energy for baseload power”

Take a Look at the States Sending the Most Carbon Into the Air

state-by-state breakdown of carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Here are the highlights:Texas sits at the top of the list — with more than twice the total carbon emissions of any other state… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Majors Risk Wasting $2.3 Trillion as Climate Goals Take Toll

then off the table, and be transparent about how they are aligning with a low carbon future,” James Leaton, Carbon Tracker’s research director, said in the report. “Sticking with the growth at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Warns U.S. Against Ceding Lead Role to China, Russia

President Donald Trump’s administration is disengaging the U.S. from its global role on trade, climate change and security. Europe and the U.S. must stand together at a difficult time, the minister said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Urban Farming Won't Save Us From Climate Change

complexity of food sustainability to a single aspect,” the researchers write. In reality, the carbon reductions made possible by urban farming are much smaller than many had assumed. In the best… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Can’t Your Company Just Fix the Gender Wage Gap

the company’s activities over the past year—1 million cardholders added! $23.6 billion in climate–change-reducing investments!—Citi Chairman Michael O’Neill gestured to two microphones placed in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Brent Joins U.S. Crude in Bear Market Amid Oversupply Anxiety

decade as the world works toward its goal of limiting global warming, according to a report from Carbon Tracker. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is the Best Sport Coupe a Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, or Mercedes-AMG?

Mercedes-BenzInside, it has round dials through the center and the dash. The extras, such as carbon-fiber trim and carefully stitched leather seats, exhibit a visual emphasis on quality. The crash-­avoidance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Easy Summer Rum Punch Recipe This Top Bartender Makes at Home

Green. Or cans. Here the roommates demonstrate their home-drinking technique by shotgunning carbonated caipirinhas.Photographer: Gabriela Herman/BloombergAssembly was quick. “We probably spent 15… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electrical explosion protection equipment

June 21, 2017

  Control and automation components which are not available in explosion protected versions can be used in hazardous areas by applying the types of explosion protection “flameproof” Ex d and “purge and pressurisation” Ex p. Both technologies allow the integration of standard industry components in accordingly certified enclosures; the explosion … Continue reading “Electrical explosion protection equipment”

New York City Planners With Sandy Nightmares Say Barrier May Come Too Late

its $30 billion cost, effectiveness and environmental impact. A group of scientists, planners and property owners is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate its study of the project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Australians May Not Like Trump, But They Value the U.S.

Australia’s vital interests; 65% see North Korea’s nuclear program as a critical threat, with climate change at 57%79% are dissatisfied with the direction of the world, and 48% are dissatisfied with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Cheering 1st Day of Summer? Not in Phoenix as Temps Hit 119

experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels. The study of nearly 2,000 deadly heat waves worldwide since 1980 was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In the Southwest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lawrence Summers on Carbon Dividends, Border Tax, Trade

Harvard University Charles W. Eliot Professor and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, discusses carbon dividends, a border adjustment tax, and U.S. trade agreements. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Spicer Hasn't Asked Trump If Russians Meddled in 2016 Campaign

matter.Spicer has also said he hasn’t spoken to Trump about whether he believes in man-made climate change, and doesn’t know whether or not Trump has seen the Senate health-care bill that could receive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lawrence Summers Explains How Carbon Dividends Work

Professor and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, explains the process of addressing climate change using carbon dividends. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

ExxonMobil and Stephen Hawking Just Agreed to the Same Climate Fix

June 20, 2017

border adjustment. If nations with a carbon tax place a carbon levy on imports, the exporters may come to their senses, the thinking goes, and tax their own carbon rather than pay for it through trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Dutch government: will meet 2020 greenhouse gas targets after extra measures

June 19, 2017

… meet its target to cut greenhouse gas emmissions by 25 percent… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Asking the Wrong Questions on Energy

potent greenhouse gas. Heavy oils and tar sands have a higher proportion of carbon to hydrogen, resulting in higher carbon-dioxide emissions when used.Renewables have many advantages over these methods… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Makes a Biofuel Breakthrough

world needs and “mitigate the impacts of climate change.”Carbon ConsumerWhere Exxon’s chief products — oil and natural gas — generate carbon dioxide emissions that drive the phenomenon, algae is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump EPA Chief Met Energy CEOs at Trump Hotel Amid Rollback

June 17, 2017

from his moves to reverse or revise regulations governing water pollution, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Pruitt was appropriately meeting with stakeholders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Investing Trillions in Electricity's Sunny Future

Office of International Climate and Technology, which worked with other countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Get Sparklines delivered to your inbox every week. Sign up here.This column does… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Westinghouse Collapse Sparks a Nuclear Bond Buying Opportunity

towers of another coal plant last year. The smokestacks are coming down in preparation for a low-carbon future.“We’re going to need that nuclear power,” Carter said. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Oil Line Revived in Court

June 16, 2017

Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately consider the impacts of a potential spill from the line on fishing, hunting and “environmental justice, or the degree to which the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Oil's Long-Term Price Takes New Math

Corp., it was typical to plug roughly $20 a barrel into valuation models. Only a few years ago, we were being told that “$100 a barrel is becoming the new $20“. One crash later, no oil major’s slide… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Asia Can Take the Lead on Climate

of its installed electricity capacity by 2027.These and other investments could reduce global carbon emissions by as much as 2 billion to 3 billion tons below recent projections — more than making… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rooftop Solar Boom Set to Spread Worldwide as Costs Plunge

storage will help contribute to a global reduction in the burning of fossil fuels and emissions of carbon dioxide. Emissions of the greenhouse gas will peak in 2026, and be 4 percent lower in 2040 than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Startup's Making Paper Out of Stone, Not Trees

includes paper products. “Making paper from wood chips involves planting trees, which can be carbon neutral, so I’m not sure how much appeal this will have” from an environmental perspective.TBM… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal's Share of U.S. Power Mix Seen Falling by Half by 2040

electricity. That scenario assumes the Obama-era Clean Power Plan — a set of rules designed to curb carbon-dioxide emissions — doesn’t go into force. Trump’s moved to kill those rules.BNEF, meanwhile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think

green energy is taking root more quickly than most experts anticipate. It would mean that global carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels may decline after 2026, a contrast with the International… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rotting Garbage Will Light 80,000 Aussie Homes

sustainability without managing waste. You’ve got to manage your waste because that is a massive carbon footprint.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

97 Percent Consensus on Climate Change? It's Complicated

the deliberate misinformation that has been pumped out for years by those opposed to limits on carbon emissions. But I can’t help but wonder if some of it has to do with the uses the 97 percent statistic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New IEA Report Delivers Failing Grades to Most Green Technologies

June 15, 2017

GreenTechMedia, 13 June, 2017 Say you’re a member of the world community and a signee committed to the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals. You’d probably want to track your progress and assess your results. You’d essentially be asking, “How well is the human race doing in its quest to transform its … Continue reading “New IEA Report Delivers Failing Grades to Most Green Technologies”

Where America Gets Its Electricity

renewables is just going to keep growing, regardless of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to engineer a coal resurgence.The chart only included the top five sources of electrical power in the U… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Britain's Century-Old Sewer Network Seen as Source of Green Heat

to meet a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent in 2030 from 1990 levels.Taking carbon dioxide out of heat may be the biggest challenge facing U.K. energy policy over the coming decades… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

More Than Half of America's Nuclear Reactors Are Losing Money

Energy Finance report on money-losing nuclear power plants, click here.“It’s a real threat to carbon-emission reductions,” Steckler said by phone Wednesday. “How regulators confront this widespread… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Indian Coal Power Growth May Stall as Dirty Plants Seen Shut

by 2022.“It’s a substantial improvement leading to lower coal consumption and reduction of the carbon footprint,” said Kameswara Rao, the Hyderabad-based leader for energy, utilities and mining at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A New Record for Global Pollution

June 14, 2017

Even after a quarter century of United Nations talks to save the climate, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels climbed to a record last year, according to new data from oil major BP. India… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Environment Rollbacks Won't Stick, Obama's EPA Head Says

law is on Trump’s side as the administration moves to repeal rules governing water pollution, carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants and methane leaks from oil and gas wells, said Gina McCarthy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom’s revolving door, endless scandals cloud SA’s energy future

  Eskom’s revolving door and constant scandals have not only crippled the state power utility, but hampered any meaningful debate on what energy technologies could shape South Africa’s economy. On Monday night embattled Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane announced his exit, the latest in shock to hit the tumultuous state utility. … Continue reading “Eskom’s revolving door, endless scandals cloud SA’s energy future”

Blast Backlash Hangs Over Drillers as ‘Fractivists’ Seek Limits

down less than 1 percent. “Something like that will be remembered,” said Joe Ryan, an environmental engineering professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who studies the industry. “Even if… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Coal No Longer King as China Spurs Shift to Cleaner Energy

domination of energy markets — long the driver of soaring fossil-fuel consumption and rising carbon pollution — is now turning the planet in a cleaner direction.The biggest energy consumer is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Is Too Late to Bring Back Coal

Tougher air-pollution rules, subsidies for wind and solar power, and a commitment to reduce carbon emissions coincided with a fracking-driven boom in natural gas production to shift the fuel mix… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Australia Braces for Renewed Climate Wars

power would be generated from low emissions sources, encouraging gas, renewables and potentially carbon capture and storage.The place of coal within that mix remains unclear, however. Finkel’s report… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Life Support for Coal Will Make the U.S. an Energy Backwater

loosening restrictions on carbon emissions might also hurt natural gas, since gas emits less carbon than coal does.Meanwhile, giving coal subsidies and a free pass on carbon emissions could damage… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World Coal Production Just Had Its Biggest Drop on Record

Spencer Dale said at a briefing in London on Tuesday. The most important outcome of this “is carbon emissions, which saw little or no growth for a third consecutive year.” The shift away from coal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Five Charts Show the Seismic Shifts Happening in Global Energy

fork-lifts and diggers, declined last year for the first time since the early 1990s.4. Global Carbon Emissions Are StableFalling emissions in Europe and the U.S. were just about sufficient to offset… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Adelson's Sands Joins Casinos in Fight Against Clean-Energy Bill

emissions and meet the Paris agreement.“States are trying to demonstrate their commitment to a carbon reduction strategy or growth in renewable power,” said Timothy Fox, an analyst for researcher… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power developments in Africa, June 2017

June 13, 2017

  Geothermal energy for Tanzania Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has been appointed by the government of Tanzania to formulate a strategy for the development of geothermal energy resources. The firm will work with the government, institutions, and stakeholders in Tanzania over six months to reach a recommended legal, institutional … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, June 2017”

Could electric cars save Eskom from the utility death spiral?

  According to recent media reports, Eskom may be in a worse state financially than was previously thought. The energy regulator, NERSA, blocked the above-inflation tariff increases the power utility had applied for last year, and it is now applying for an even larger increase. But a new technology could … Continue reading “Could electric cars save Eskom from the utility death spiral?”

New standard for powering data centres

  Both IT server installations and telecom sites are becoming increasingly power hungry, and the quest for greater efficiency is driving a move away from the classic AC UPS and 48 V DC configurations to systems which offer fewer losses and reduce the amount of equipment to be installed. Systems … Continue reading “New standard for powering data centres”

Small pumped water storage systems: a new partner for renewable energy?

  Pumped-storage (PWS) hydroelectricity systems are to be found throughout the world, but mainly on a large scale. The demand for storage associated with distributed renewable energy (RE) systems, particularly wind and solar power, has opened up the market for a new generation of PWS facilities can be built on … Continue reading “Small pumped water storage systems: a new partner for renewable energy?”

Testing circuit breakers by the dynamic resistance measurement method

  A circuit breaker (CB) is an electromechanical device which is used in power transmission and distribution systems. It is intended to switch on and off electric currents in “power on” state. This article presents a method for testing CBs by using a high-frequency DC/DC converter as a power source … Continue reading “Testing circuit breakers by the dynamic resistance measurement method”

Avoiding flashover in MV switchgear

  Corona is a serious issue in metal clad switchgear because of its highly destructive nature and is the cause of most flashovers in medium voltage metal clad electrical equipment. The fundamental cause of this symptom is an electrical breakdown of air brought on by electrical stress and poor air … Continue reading “Avoiding flashover in MV switchgear”

Energize Inbox, June 2017

  This month we selected four responses to “The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa” by Chris Yelland and Joanne Taylor, EE Publishers, which was published on the Energize website on 16 May 2017.  Our winning letter Dear Editor Here is a truth which is seldom … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, June 2017”

Fusegear still useful in T&D networks

  In today’s world of advanced digitally controlled protection devices, the use of fusegear in networks may seem archaic and out of place, but there is still a range of applications for this simple protection device, and fuses are used extensively in variety of applications in overhead transmission and distribution … Continue reading “Fusegear still useful in T&D networks”

Automating Kusile, a large and complex coal-fired power station

  The Kusile power station is a six unit, 4800 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant that uses a direct dry cooled condenser and pulse jet fabric filter plant with flue gas desulfurisation technology to manage emissions. Kusile is 30% larger than the average coal-fired power plant in South Africa. When … Continue reading “Automating Kusile, a large and complex coal-fired power station”

Former Ambassadors See Xi Jinping Gaining at Trump's Expense

on the international stage and present his country as a defender of free trade and the Paris climate accord. Trump has also indicated a less predictable approach to foreign policy that raises doubts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA’s Pruitt Blamed Obama for Paris Deal at G-7 Climate Summit

arena, Hendricks said. The U.S. is set to join its six partners in upholding a commitment to cut carbon dioxide emissions, “but Pruitt didn’t say one word on how he envisages the future of international… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

May's Effort to Keep U.K. Lights on Harder After Election Defeat

Policies that would boost investment in fracking for shale gas in the U.K.A decision on how to fund carbon capture and storage technology.A competition to spur investment in small modular nuclear reactors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Climate Retreat Is About Fear, Not Just Greed

June 12, 2017

collapse if people caught as much as they could sell. They also thought it applied to climate change, given that climate scientists agree that to keep global temperatures from wreaking havoc in the future… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Poland Hails Upcoming Trump Visit as a 'Huge Success'

migrants and over judicial changes that the EU says weaken the rule of law. The White House said Friday that Trump will visit Poland on July 6 before he joins the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Glencore Doubles Down on Coal as Mining Rivals Head for the Exit

South32 Ltd. spinoff the same year. Producers face a combined $10 billion risk to their earnings if carbon pricing tightens in the wake of the Paris climate accord, according to a report from U.K. non-profit… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Glencore's Coal Future Burns Bright

well down from about 30 percent at present, but still enough to represent a significant lump of carbon.The bullish argument for Australia’s coal industry has long been that many of its mines produce… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This is how Big Oil will die

Seth Miller, The Medium, 24 May, 2017. It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline, finally completed in 2019, two years after the project launched with great fanfare after approval by the Trump administration. The pipeline … Continue reading “This is how Big Oil will die”

On-site grid code compliance testing for wind farms

  Before a wind energy farm (WEF) is connected to the grid it must be tested to certify that it complies with both performance requirements and the grid code. Testing and verification is made difficult because the dependence on primary source conditions, i.e., sufficient wind and sun of the required … Continue reading “On-site grid code compliance testing for wind farms”

Book launch: Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge

  Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi’s new book, “Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge” examines the implications of distributed energy resources and the rise of prosumers on the incumbents’ business models, as well as the challenges regulators will have to face as they manage a level playing field for newcomers and … Continue reading “Book launch: Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge”

Transformers for coal-trains to power station

  PCB Power Transformers has just completed manufacturing various types of auxiliary transformers for the Majuba Power Station rail link transporting coal directly to the plant. These consisted of 16, 25 and 50 kVA platform mount transformers, all of which were inspected by Eskom and Transnet representatives. The company is now in … Continue reading “Transformers for coal-trains to power station”

Rugged mining cables and connectors

  Components, equipment and systems specialist, Powermite, alongside sister company, Proof Engineering, offer end-to-end cable and connector solutions for mining and industrial applications. Powermite’s rugged range of TPU mining cables with flexible Class 5 tinned annealed copper wire conductors is designed to withstand the hazardous conditions typical of opencast mining. … Continue reading “Rugged mining cables and connectors”

U.S. to Join Climate Communique Showing Splits, Germany Says

pollution of the oceans. The G-7 states, “including the U.S.,” agreed on joint efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, though Pruitt “made clear” the nations are at odds on climate protection,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Coal Bet Faces a Tough Foe: Moore's Law

June 11, 2017

energy policy.QuickTake Climate ChangeThe backlash against the president was ferocious, but mainly focused on his lack of concern for the catastrophic effects of climate change. Far less attention… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Turning Trump's Border Wall Into a Solar Plant Is Probably a Bad Idea

June 10, 2017

pay for the wall. Coming less than a week after the White House pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, Trump’s sunny remarks to Hill leaders (first reported by Axios) were counterintuitive enough… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Why the Green Climate Fund Became a Trump Target: QuickTake Q&A

the Paris Agreement, the world’s landmark deal to fight climate change, President Donald Trump took aim at the little-known Green Climate Fund as an example of how the U.S. was being cheated by… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Macron Seeking Stiff Carbon Costs to Avert Climate Change

Emmanuel Macron reached out to Germany to establish a common price floor for carbon dioxide emitted by power utilities as the French president seeks to strengthen his alliance with Angela Merkel… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy Shares Will Benefit If Paris Accord Followed

protested, urging the company to publish a detailed analysis and “stress test” to measure how carbon curbs could affect the value of its oil fields, refineries and pipelines. Sixty two percent of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Once Stalwart Oil Stock Bulls Starting to Say Enough Is Enough

health-care, versus sitting on a sector like energy that’s down 10 plus percent,” said Jeff Carbone, managing partner of Cornerstone Financial Partners, which oversees about $1.3 billion in assets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Detecting utility cables and signals with GPR

June 9, 2017

  Aciel Geomatics recently held a series of ground penetrating radar (GPR) training days for utility, municipal, construction and public safety management professionals at their offices in Midrand, Gauteng. GPR is used by utilities to record, manage and maintain assets; to avoid damage, associated costs and downtime when excavating; and … Continue reading “Detecting utility cables and signals with GPR”

Large scale energy storage test and demonstration facility launched

  Eskom’s Research Testing & Development (RTD) department has established a battery test and demonstration facility at its Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville. The objective of this facility is to compare different technologies and supplier products under identical conditions and to identify which of these products is suitable for … Continue reading “Large scale energy storage test and demonstration facility launched”

France launches website to lure foreign brainpower on climate change

… that criticized Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement on climate…PARIS (Reuters) – The French presidency launched on Thursday… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Merkel Narrows G-20 Expectations After Trump's Paris Exit

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Group of 20 leaders “won’t get everything we wished for” at a summit next month after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord.On a visit to Argentina… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Your Country Is Flooding? Tough Luck

misunderstanding about what causes climate change,” he says. While China may be the biggest emitter today, most of what’s in the air came from the U.S.People who work in climate finance warn that Trump’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Without El Nino, There May Be More Atlantic Hurricanes This Year

versions, sees a 36 percent chance El Nino will emerge between October and December, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said Thursday. That’s down from 46 percent last month and 53 percent in March… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ecofiscal Calls for Policies to Support Carbon Pricing

It wants Canadians to look at what other policies might pair well with carbon pricing. Policies that could close carbon loopholes and spread the cost over different industries. Bloomberg’s Pat… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

German Renewables Record Probably Won't Last Long in Green Push

and solar power record is unlikely to be the last as the nation deepens its commitment to a low-carbon economy in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate accord… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Polish Coal Affection Poses Dilemma for Funding-Hungry Firms

unexpectedly announced its intention to measure and reduce its carbon footprint as “without showing commitment to reducing carbon emissions, our ability to get funding will be limited,” Chief Executive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Subsidies Slow to Catch on as Opposition Steps Up

Fort Calhoun in Nebraska, which closed in October. Those in favor of state subsidies say the carbon-free electricity provided by nuclear is needed to help states meet ambitious clean-energy targets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macron Goads Trump, Promoting France as Hub for Climate Science

personal appeal on June 1.Hours after Trump said he was withdrawing from the Paris Accord on carbon emissions, Macron took to social media and — speaking in English — invited scientists to move… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India’s Answer to Trump on Climate Is Nuclear Power

roughly double the country’s current nuclear capacity.The world’s third-biggest producer of carbon emissions, India sees nuclear power as a way to reduce dependence on coal-burning power plants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

HV circuit breaker order

June 8, 2017

  ABB in South Africa, part of the global automation and power group, has been awarded an order by Fluor for five intelligent compact disconnecting circuit breakers (DCBs) for the Oxygen Train 17 project for Sasol Synfuels Operations in Secunda, South Africa. This is ABB’s first industry order for these … Continue reading “HV circuit breaker order”

Order for world’s largest air separation unit

  ABB in South Africa has been awarded an order by Fluor for five intelligent compact disconnecting circuit breakers (DCBs) for the Oxygen Train 17 project for Sasol Synfuels Operations in Secunda, South Africa. This is ABB’s first industry order for these advanced DCBs in the country – the first utilities … Continue reading “Order for world’s largest air separation unit”

Split-core DC current transducers

  The new DH family of DC current transducers offers precise measurement of bipolar currents up to 2000 A. Measuring only 174 x 86 x 54,1 mm, these compact split-core transducers combine Hall-effect technology and signal conditioning in a single housing with a large rectangular sensing aperture for non-contact measurement … Continue reading “Split-core DC current transducers”

Multifunctional system offers virtual instruments

  The Megger TRAX transformer and substation test system instrument provides 13 different testing capabilities for transformer diagnostics, plus extensive test capacities for other system assets, such as capabilities to time and record motion on circuit breakers, etc. The product’s user interface, which utilises the latest colour touch-screen technology, presents functions … Continue reading “Multifunctional system offers virtual instruments”

Gas-insulated switchgear without SF6

  National Grid, working with GE Grid Solutions and 3M, has commissioned the world’s first gas-insulated switchgear using an alternative to sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). Used around the world for decades, SF6 is a powerful insulation gas that allows high voltage electricity switchgear to take up less space. However, while leakage … Continue reading “Gas-insulated switchgear without SF6”

John Oliver on Trumpian pronouncements (to be taken lightly!)

John Oliver on the Last Week Tonight show A brilliant explanation of the Paris Agreement, with some Trump asides. Well worth watching for as long as you can stand it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5scez5dqtAc&t=2s

Airbus Superjumbo May Get Lifeline as Emirates Mulls 20-Jet Deal

Emirates, the biggest operator of Airbus SE’s A380 superjumbo, is in talks about the purchase of 20 more of the double-decker jets in a move that could extend the lifespan of a program dogged by… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

One Chart Suggests Trump May Be Wrong About Emissions and GDP

principal of Tradesman Advisors.The 2015 Greenhouse Gas Emission Trends Report found that the carbon intensity of the California economy — or the amount of greenhouse gases needed to generate each… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Clean Energy Ambition Floats Above Abandoned Coal Mine

first large-scale effort to trap and store carbon dioxide emissions. The Yanchang Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project, Asia’s first commercial carbon capture plant, is set to begin operating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

If Trump Gets His Way, the World May Not Know If U.S. Emissions Rise

NASA, which is slated under the president’s proposed budget to lose money for a satellite-based carbon-measuring system, said the cut reflects budget constraints. “NASA remains committed to studying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal Jobs Matter a Lot … in Coal Country

weighed on coal use, as did pressure on utilities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to slow climate change (although the EPA’s formal carbon rules never took effect, and seem to be dead now). Even… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

African Oil Trader Taleveras Takes First Step Into Biofuels

Global Green Development Group.“The world is changing,’’ said Chairman Igho Sanomi in an interview in London. “People are getting more aware on the climate, so cleaner fuels are the future. This should… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

India's Rising Temperatures Are Deadly: Study

degrees F). Even if countries are able to meet the Paris Agreement goals in curbing climate-warming carbon emissions, that would still only limit the global temperature rise to an estimated 2 degrees… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Wants to Gut the Agency Behind the Shale Boom

hand in virtually every major energy innovation in the past half century, from nuclear power to carbon capture. The shale revolution is a descendant of federal research, and agency dollars have supported… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Will India Fulfill Its Green Pledges? Don't Be So Sure

argument now goes, China and India will show leadership instead; they at least are committed to low-carbon growth.I wouldn’t be so sure, at least where India is concerned. It is true that the Indian government… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

There's One Trump Idea That Even Liberals Should Like

June 7, 2017

and improve on-time performance — not to mention reduce fuel use, improve margins and shrink carbon emissions.Given the glacial pace at which the U.S. has adopted such technologies, U.S airlines… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Governor Says China ‘On the Move,’ U.S. Role Reduced

spoke about Chinese investment in infrastructure projects in California.“We can’t reduce our carbon footprint unless we deal with transportation,” according to Brown. He said he is open to joint… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Benefits of atomic energy presented

June 6, 2017

  Rosatom organised a workshop in Khartoum, Sudan, recently to discuss the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The event brought together Russian and Sudanese experts who discussed various applications of nuclear technologies both in energy and non-energy needs. Speaking about the need for electricity in Sudan increasing rapidly for both … Continue reading “Benefits of atomic energy presented”

Gas-to-power company launched

  SustainPower hosted its official gas-to-power product launch recently. The company focusses on containerised gas-to-power and solar solutions, with the integration of technologies such as water purification and desalination. African Utility Week was the first official public showcasing of the company’s concept and products. The team used the opportunity to display the … Continue reading “Gas-to-power company launched”

Trump exit from Paris will hurt America most

Harald Winkler, Energy Research Centre, UCT, 2 June, 2017 On 1 June 2017, Donald Trump (DT) announced that his administration was withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement.  The world’s largest economy is taking no responsibility for US historical emissions, and instead  reneging on what his country had previously agreed. Trump’s … Continue reading “Trump exit from Paris will hurt America most”

Eskom seeks 20% tariff increase

  Eskom wants its clients to pay on average 19,9% more for electricity from 1 April next year and proposes that municipalities pay 27,3% more for bulk electricity purchases from 1 July, 2018. This comes against the background of controversy about an aborted irregular R30-million pension benefit for its former … Continue reading “Eskom seeks 20% tariff increase”

Google and Facebook Join Cities in Challenging Trump on Climate

board, no matter what the president does.“We remain steadfastly committed to the sustainability, carbon and energy goals that we have set as a company and to the Paris Agreement’s ultimate success… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India's Adani Approves Controversial Australian Coal Project

Abbot Point, has faced opposition over worry that Australia’s largest coal project will increase carbon pollution and risk damage to the Great Barrier Reef marine park in northern Queensland. A $2… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

There's Too Much Focus on Energy Jobs Right Now

two-thirds of U.S. mining-sector jobs involve extracting things that are burned for fuel and throw off carbon dioxide in the process, it wasn’t irrelevant to that discussion.The guiding motivation of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Top U.S. Diplomat in China Said to Quit Over Climate Move

eager to fill. China is the world’s No. 1 polluter, though the U.S. is responsible for far more carbon emissions per capita.Read more about how Trump is ceding climate leadership to China.Rank was… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Leading the drive to lower carbon emissions

June 5, 2017

  Three years after introducing AdBlue ahead of other local oil majors, Engen is making concrete progress towards the development of this business and is demonstrating its commitment to a more sustainable future growth path through the supply of Adblue and low sulfur fuels into sub-Saharan African markets. The company’s efforts have … Continue reading “Leading the drive to lower carbon emissions”

Will electric transportation save utilities from a death spiral?

  With increased interest in energy efficiency and distributed generation, electricity demand has fallen flat. In the meantime, clever intermediaries, including Community Choice Aggregators – currently allowed in at least six states and growing – are nibbling away at customers, one community at a time. Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi What is there … Continue reading “Will electric transportation save utilities from a death spiral?”

Programme to ensure high quality PV installations launched

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), in association with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), BSW Solar, GreenCape, SARETEC and DGS Berlin, has developed a programme to ensure that solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are done responsibly and sustainably. It is estimated that close to 60 000 solar PV … Continue reading “Programme to ensure high quality PV installations launched”

Examining the critical interplay between digital and energy systems

  Dr. Fatih Birol The growing use of information and communications technology – digitalisation – is increasingly permeating modern life, from the way people work and travel to the way they live and entertain. Digitalisation is increasingly having an impact on energy systems, bringing both the potential for substantial efficiency … Continue reading “Examining the critical interplay between digital and energy systems”

To Lead on Climate Change, China Should Think Small

they’re cheap to own and operate.QuickTake Climate ChangeEver since U.S. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate treaty, there’s been lots of overheated talk… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Paris Exit Sidelines D.C. for Danish Wind Energy

decades of science-based work that had guided political efforts to protect the globe from climate change. But Lilleholt says the move also ignored the sound economics of renewable energy, and if… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

'President Trump believes the climate is changing': Ambassador Haley

June 4, 2017

… believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part… the Paris climate change pact, tapping into his “America First… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Macron Says France, India to Work Together on Climate Change

The leaders of France and India pledged to work together to cut carbon emissions, re-affirming their commitments to the Paris accord following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Paris Exit Is All Politics

June 3, 2017

usually tweets in his mother tongue, unleashed an English-language tweetstorm. He called on U.S. engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs disappointed with Trump’s decision to move to France and insisted… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump’s Paris Exit Leaves Him Isolated From C-Suites to Capitals

President Mike Pence to Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.Scott Pruitt, Trump’s environmental chief, said exiting doesn’t mean the U.S. is disengaging — just that Trump had put America’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

India says remains committed to Paris climate agreement

… Paris climate change agreement, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump's Threat To The Global Oil Market: Fly Charts

bubble 2.0 to botched chemical mergers, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today. And don’t miss David Fickling on Exxon shareholders, who believe in climate change:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Merkel Says Climate Fight Is ‘Irreversible’ Despite U.S. Leaving Paris Deal

S. as a dependable ally, vowed to press ahead “more decisively than ever” with combating climate change and praised Americans who support her cause, using a religious image to drive her point home… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Putin Says ‘Be Happy’ About Trump on Climate, on Everything

allegations to anti-semitism.Putin says he wouldn’t judge Trump for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.Source: APTN“They blamed the Jews for everything — we know what this sort of attitude… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Here's How Trump's Paris Plan May Hurt the EU Carbon Market

won’t focus on carbon prices because it’ll remain a box-ticking exercise rather than a carbon-buying exercise.”Watered DownIt’s not clear that the EU will water down its carbon market in the wake… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

United Against Trump, CEOs and Politicians Push Ahead on Climate

majors BP Plc and Total SA said the transition to lower carbon fuel is inevitable regardless of Trump’s decision. Both called for a global carbon price to shift the world away from the dirtiest energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Paris Accord And Exxon: Confronting Realities

oil-industry veteran and consultant Harry Benham shows that making two reasonable changes to Exxon’s assumptions around growth rates leads to a scenario whereby oil demand falls rather than rises by 2040… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Denmark is Killing Tesla (And Other Electric Cars)

June 2, 2017

turns out that those phenomenal sales figures had as much to do with convenience as with environmental concerns: electric car dealers were for a long time spared the jaw-dropping import tax of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BRIEF-Xylem affirms its strong support for Paris climate agreement

… for Paris climate agreement Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: … View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Apple's Tim Cook says decision to withdraw from Paris agreement was wrong

…June 1 (Reuters) – * Apple CEO on Twitter – “Decision to withdraw from the #parisagreeement was wrong for our planet.” * Apple CEO… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

New York, California Governors Form Climate Change Alliance

states represent more than 20 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.The push reflects growing U.S. efforts at the state level for initiatives aimed at fighting climate change, as the White House moves… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Funds Fire Up Real Climate Change

disclose how technological advances and action on climate change could affect its portfolio of assets.Exxon Mobil shareholders voting yes for more climate disclosure62%Most significant were some of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Paris or Not, Economics Are Squeezing Carbon Out of Power Mix

for the first time in decades, not the biggest source of carbon emissions in the U.S. (The transportation sector is.) This shrinking carbon footprint highlights the challenges Trump faces in making… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The U.S. Is The Loser as Trump Dumps the Climate Accord

dominance by industrialized nations. The climate fight divided rich and poor nations for a quarter century, until evidence and the pleadings of climate scientists eventually pushed the U.S. and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Sees Clean-Car Partner in China as Trump Quits Paris

it hasn’t changed much since General Motors claimed in 1973 that it would go bankrupt if California forced the installation of catalytic converters. “The leopard is not going to change its spots… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.S. Needs New Climate Policy If It Quits Paris Deal, Says BP

London-based company has also called for a global price on carbon and is pursuing more investments in natural gas, which produces fewer carbon emissions than oil or coal.The focus on tackling climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Did Trump Just Do? The Paris Climate Withdrawal Explained

to have an immediate effect on global efforts to address climate change. Here’s what you need to know.Did Trump kill the Paris climate accord?No. He set the U.S. on a course to withdraw from the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Gains in Clean-Energy Investment Overshadow Paris Exit

area have been technology cost declines and domestic policies to support renewables and price carbon. National and sub-national programs that foster clean energy are expected to continue regardless… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Asia Stocks Rally as Nikkei Tops 20,000; Yen Slips: Markets Wrap

daily yuan fixing level little changed.Global equities extended this year’s advance to more than 10 percent, setting a fresh record, as data showed growth in the world’s largest economy is intact. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump to Withdraw U.S. From Climate Accord to Seek Better Deal

would only begin reducing its emissions by about 2030. And India said it would only reduce the carbon intensity of its economy, meaning the nation’s emissions could continue to rise.The Paris accord… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Has Eclipsed the U.S. as Largest Consumer of Bottled Water: Chart

$191 billion last year, according to Euromonitor International, and U.S. consumption exceeding carbonated soft drinks for the first time, there’s plenty at stake for not only beverage companies, but… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Comes of Paris Climate Accord Without U.S.: QuickTake Q&A

of considering the “social cost of carbon” when weighing the impact of government policies.5. What did the U.S. pledge under the Paris accord?To cut its carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA renewable energy success opens doors

June 1, 2017

  Conco has completed the electrical balance of plant for over nine wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in South Africa including grid connections. This work forms part of the South African government’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme. For bid windows one, two and three, … Continue reading “SA renewable energy success opens doors”

High-power multicrystalline PV panel launched

  REC has launched three new products based its TwinPeak technologies and again sets new milestones on the multicrystalline platform. The TwinPeak 2S 72 solar panel, which uses the latest technologies to achieve a power output of up to 350 W, sets a new world record in the class of … Continue reading “High-power multicrystalline PV panel launched”

Supporting solar energy solutions in South Africa

  To assist in the construction of the new Ilanga solar power plant, a concentrating parabolic trough plant with a thermal energy storage system, which will form part of the Karoshoek solar thermal park located near Upington, Kwikspace Modular Buildings recently delivered three 200 m2 mobile office buildings to the … Continue reading “Supporting solar energy solutions in South Africa”

NERSA gets to bottom of Eskom’s high diesel usage and declining sales volumes

  The South African National Energy Regulator (Nersa) cornered Eskom about the ‘unnecessary’ use of Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGTs) during the first year (2013/14) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3) period that amounts to R8-billion of the total R22,8-billion that the power utility is trying to recoup through … Continue reading “NERSA gets to bottom of Eskom’s high diesel usage and declining sales volumes”

Thermal imaging cameras with laser-assisted auto-focus

  FLIR Systems introduced the T530 and T540 professional thermal imaging cameras, designed for thermographers who operate in a variety of environments including power generation, electrical distribution, and research laboratories. These new cameras offer enhanced ergonomics with 180° rotating optical blocks, laser-assisted autofocus, and auto-calibrating lenses. The series was designed … Continue reading “Thermal imaging cameras with laser-assisted auto-focus”

U.S. Colleges Have $500 Billion to Invest. Now Where Are All the Green Deals?

infrastructure—renewable energy, water, even garbage—as well as from loans to projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The economic returns are there,” Davidson says. “The responsible investing idea… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Swiss Pickles Set to Benefit From First Carbon Capture Plant

Climeworks AG, the Swiss company that captures carbon from the air, opened its first commercial facility at a farm outside of Zurich.Carbon dioxide extracted by Climeworks’ direct air capture plant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Investors to Company: Make Climate Curb Fallout Public

investors, in a split with the company, urged the explorer to publish a detailed analysis on how carbon curbs could affect the value of its oil fields, refineries and pipelines.The non-binding measure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Litterman: U.S. Exiting Paris Deal Makes No Sense

will exit the Paris climate agreement and looks at how oil companies can make money in a low-carbon economy. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BNEF’s Chatterton: Trump Reported To Leave Paris Climate Accord

Markets AM with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz. GUEST: Richard Chatterton, Head of Climate and Carbon Research for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, on reports that President Trump is pulling out of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Poised to Reveal Paris Decision as He's Said to Favor Exit

environmental and diplomatic consequences. As the richest nation and the second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the U.S. is central to efforts to address global warming. The Vatican and companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Plans to Exit Paris Climate Deal, White House Official Tells AP

said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration “would be highly crippling to the U.S. economic growth,” and if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon and Conoco Reiterate Support for Paris Climate Deal

secretary of state. In his first blog post after becoming CEO, Woods advocated low-emission fuels, carbon capture and biofuels as tools for meeting the goals of the Paris agreement.On Wednesday, Woods… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wall Street Isn't Convinced Coal's a Winner in Paris Withdrawal

60 years?” Daniels said. “A lot of people still see the long-term trend as trying to reduce carbon emissions.”Pulling out of Paris probably won’t boost U.S. coal demand or prices — that’s more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar Stocks Fall on Reports That U.S. May Exit Paris Agreement

gigawatts of renewable energy, fell as much as 1.5 percent.While solar isn’t driven primarily by a carbon price, “it does suggest that the U.S. may subsidize coal, which would be bad for U.S. manufacturers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

May 31, 2017

  Big dams have a bad reputation. They’re often associated with social disruption and environmental damage. That perception is now shifting. The challenges of climate, urbanisation and economic growth in countries and communities already burdened by poverty and underdevelopment is leading to a radical change in attitudes. Dams and related … Continue reading “Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage”

Court affirms right to interrupt electricity to defaulting municipalities

  The North Gauteng High Court has confirmed the constitutional right of Eskom to schedule electricity interruptions when it dismissed applications by AfriForum and other businesses. Astral, Bridgestone, AfriForum and Mediclinic sought to prevent the power utility from performing scheduled interruptions in Madibeng, Lekwa and Kamiesberg to recover overdue debt. The applicants’ contention, … Continue reading “Court affirms right to interrupt electricity to defaulting municipalities”

Breaking new ground using microgrids

  The Eskom Research, Testing and Development (RT&D) unit is breaking new ground using MicroGrid technology to power up rural areas. A demonstration plant is currently being constructed in a rural un-electrified village in the town of Ficksburg in the Free State. This project is a demonstration of next-horizon technology … Continue reading “Breaking new ground using microgrids”

Namibia goes for wind power

  WSP, the technical advisor to Diaz Wind Power, working with a joint venture between the United Africa Group and Quantum Power, will build a 44 MW wind farm in Lüderitz. The Diaz Wind Farm will be the country’s first clean energy project and a major step to harness the … Continue reading “Namibia goes for wind power”

Kinder's Canadian Woes Deepen With Pipeline Foes on Brink of Power

out certain conditions, including the opposition to Trans Mountain, raising B.C.’s C$30-per-ton carbon tax by C$5 annually starting 2018, scrutinizing a controversial hydropower dam project also approved… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The World Could Enter Climate ‘Danger Zone’ If Trump Exits Paris Deal

to scrap the accord involving almost 200 nations would pour hundreds of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and speed up the warming trend already taking place. It also would… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Facing Off With Shareholders in Climate Showdown

Disclosures SufficientExxon says its current disclosures, which include forecasts of how caps on carbon emissions will affect long-term petroleum demand, are sufficient.Even with the strictest scenarios… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Parliamentary delegation visits power company

May 30, 2017

  Aggreko hosted a delegation from the Argentine Parliament at its global manufacturing and technology facility in Dumbarton recently. Entering Argentina in 2008, the company now employs around 450 local people and operates a fleet of more than 550 MW of generation capacity. This equipment is used to supplement electricity generation … Continue reading “Parliamentary delegation visits power company”

World’s largest PV-diesel hybrid on the cards

  EREN Renewable Energy and Africa Energy Management Platform have been appointed to build a new 15 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant to serve IAMGOLD’s Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso. Comprising almost 130 000 PV panels, the solar power plant will be added to the existing 55 MW heavy fuel … Continue reading “World’s largest PV-diesel hybrid on the cards”

Nuclear energy: the best option for South Africa?

  Eskom appears to be more concerned with building new nuclear power stations than in signing power purchase agreements with independent power producers which use renewable energy sources. Energize caught up with energy analyst and managing director of EE Publishers, Chris Yelland, and asked his opinion of what generation technologies South Africa … Continue reading “Nuclear energy: the best option for South Africa?”

Koeberg’s Unit 2 back online

Eskom reports that Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station has resumed sending power onto the national electricity grid after a planned outage which lasted for 36 days. This was the second shortest outage performed in the station’s history. The shortest outage was a 32-day outage on Unit 1 in … Continue reading “Koeberg’s Unit 2 back online”

Basic protection test set designed for portability

  Omicron recently introduced the Compano 100, a primary injection, secondary injection and basic protection test set which could become the universal and easy to use solution for all types of basic testing duties in electrical energy systems. Controlled electronic sources allow the user to obtain exactly the desired value … Continue reading “Basic protection test set designed for portability”

LAND OF THE RISING SUN – Sun International sustainability drive

GCX via Earthworks Magazine, Francini Van Staden, 22 May, 2017 Sun International’s “Sun Glow” climate change response is driven by a systemic approach and underpinned by extensive data. The sustainability strategy is holistic, ambitious and an incubation space for high impact sustainability solutions. Every business must decide: it’s either “business as … Continue reading “LAND OF THE RISING SUN – Sun International sustainability drive”

Desalination plant to be installed at Koeberg Power Station

  Eskom is planning to install a desalination plant at the Koeberg nuclear power station. The objective of this project is to reduce Koeberg’s dependency on, and consumption of, municipal water supplied by the City of Cape Town for use at the power station.  Koeberg Power Station. Eskom will initially … Continue reading “Desalination plant to be installed at Koeberg Power Station”

Global carbon prices must soar to meet Paris climate target: report

…By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) – The cost of emitting carbon… and governments, including oil majors Shell and BP, for a worldwide carbon… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Hottest Returns on DAX Generated by Old-School Coal Burners

fossil-fuel utilities still have plenty to give.RWE AG, Europe’s biggest coal plant operator and greenhouse–gas polluter, is the biggest gainer on the nation’s DAX index after jumping 48 percent this year… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Merkel Signals New Era for Europe as Trump Smashes Consensus

called Germany’s trade surplus “very bad” and brought the U.S. to the brink of exiting the global Paris climate accord.“The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over — I experienced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

World Carbon Price Seen Needing to Increase Sevenfold by 2020

levels.Costs from the higher carbon prices would not hurt ordinary consumers much, said Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University, who led the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices with fellow economist… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

British Columbia Greens Back New Democrats in Political Upheaval

commentators have called unsustainable. The Green Party and NDP share similar ideas, such as raising carbon taxes and taxing housing speculators, and their alliance is likely to cloud the outlook for Kinder… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Automating the biggest power plant in Africa

May 29, 2017

  Kusile power station will be the world’s fourth largest coal-fired power station when fully operational in 2020. For this massive project ABB is supplying a comprehensive control system, software, and instrumentation solution for all six of the stations 800 MW generating units. Kusile will be the first power station in … Continue reading “Automating the biggest power plant in Africa”

GM Suit Digs a Deeper Grave for Diesel

May 27, 2017

latest automaker to face a civil lawsuit claiming that its diesel engines use software to meet clean-air rules while the engines pollute at higher levels. The law firm suing GM, Hagens Berman, has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

California Warns Senate Taking Step to Gut Auto Efficiency Rules

align the differing approaches that separate U.S. agencies take to regulating fuel mileage and carbon emissions. Sponsors include Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow.California countered America’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump still not backing Paris climate agreement: Italy's PM

May 26, 2017

… the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world… the treaty, Italy’s prime minister said on Friday. But there was agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Six to One Against Trump on Climate in ‘Honest’ Exchange at G-7

European leaders and stay in the agreement if the U.S. wins assurances it can scale back its carbon-cutting commitment.After German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Group of Seven leaders pressed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Microsoft Wants Clean South African Energy

U.S. Department of Defense — are choosing renewables. Since 2008, the top 10 buyers of zero-carbon power alone have created billions of dollars’ worth of long-term demand for wind and solar power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Working to Understand Europe’s View on Climate Change, Cohn Says

be environmentally friendly.”Coal emits the most carbon dioxide for each unit of energy created; natural gas releases about half as much carbon dioxide as coal when it is combusted.But Trump campaigned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China may limit coverage of carbon market ahead of launch: researcher

… carbon trading scheme due to start this year, with the launch facing… are inadequate to deal with the challenges of the carbon market,” He… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Rising Seas May Wipe Out These Jersey Towns, but They're Still Rated AAA

bonds maturing over 20 years, neither of its two rating companies, Moody’s Investors Service or S&P Global Ratings, asked any questions about the expected effect of climate change on its finances.Ocean… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Atlantic Hurricane Season May Bring More Storms Than Normal

the Atlantic by increasing wind shear that weakens storms. Earlier this month, the the U.S. Climate Prediction Center lowered the odds of El Nino forming to 45 percent from 50 percent in April… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Green Power Broker to Set British Columbia's Course Next Week

share similar ideas in some areas — such as opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, raising carbon taxes, and taxing housing speculators. But Weaver has also hinted that on economic issues his… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The answers on Eskom debt – but not from Eskom

  About a month ago, the following questions relating to Eskom debt were put to Eskom and its financial director, Anoj Singh, in writing by EE Publishers, through the official channels of communication, namely Eskom Mediadesk and the Eskom spokesman. Despite numerous re-sends and reminders, and even escalation of the … Continue reading “The answers on Eskom debt – but not from Eskom”

What’s hot at SA GeoTech 2017

May 25, 2017

  SA GeoTech 2017, a geospatial and measurement technologies conference and exhibition taking place in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, aims to enhance the geo-intelligence skills of delegates with the intention of providing their organisations with strategic management insights, enhanced performance and efficiency, and added business value. Exhibitors will also be showcasing the … Continue reading “What’s hot at SA GeoTech 2017”

Major project for Tanzania

  CONCO is due to soon complete a major turnkey project undertaken for Tanzanian electricity supply authority Tanesco, whereby it has been constructing and rehabilitating several substations in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha areas of the country. The main objective of the project is to improve the quality and reliability of … Continue reading “Major project for Tanzania”

Old coal mines have a place in the future of clean energy

sites are on abandoned strip mines. The advantage, Rousselle said, is that they are already environmentally despoiled. “You can’t do anything worse to an abandoned mine than what humankind has already… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal

more than $17 trillion in assets who released a statement Monday saying climate change must be an “urgent priority” for all G-20 nations. Executives have warned that Trump would put U.S. companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Misleading Coal Estimates May Have Skewed Climate Projections

across the country who have already decided they’re going to reduce their carbon footprints.”To better understand how carbon-emission projections are made, Ritchie undertook the soul-destroying task… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China, the King of Coal, Is Getting Gassy

the world’s biggest population. China also is pushing hard to meet its commitments to reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change.King CoalCoal made up almost two-thirds of China’s energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Delay Opens Door for European Lobbying on Paris Pact

policies and regulations viewed as critical for the U.S. to fulfill its Paris pledge to slash carbon dioxide emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power utility indicates corruption unlikely in nuclear deal

  Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, Dave Nicholls, told delegates at the Nuclear Power Africa conference that there are no secrets, and corruption in the nuclear deal is unlikely. He reaffirmed the utility’s position that nuclear is not just the most viable option on the table for South Africa’s future energy … Continue reading “Power utility indicates corruption unlikely in nuclear deal”

Eskom’s response to Molefe allegations

  Claims that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and the power utility’s board chair Dr. Ben Ngubane pressured a minister to help the Guptas take over the Glencore coal mine were dismissed as “preposterous” by Dr. Ngubane when he addressed the African Utility conference in Cape Town recently. According to Eskom’s … Continue reading “Eskom’s response to Molefe allegations”

Chris Yelland talks energy at “Die Groot Ontbyt”

May 24, 2017

  KykNet’s weekday breakfast show “Die Groot Ontbyt” interviews Chris Yelland about the Integrated Resource Plan, nuclear and renewable energy, and Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Watch the video for the answers to the questions posed: The energy sector is enjoying a lot of attention these days and the future of … Continue reading “Chris Yelland talks energy at “Die Groot Ontbyt””

Making solar PV safer

  Reductions in the cost of solar panels coupled with rising electricity tariffs and uncertainty of supply, have made solar PV increasingly attractive to both residential and commercial energy users. Although solar PV has become increasingly popular in the residential, commercial and industrial market segment over the last several years, there has … Continue reading “Making solar PV safer”

Environmental Groups Point to Jobs Supported by Clean Car Rules

materials used to improve vehicle fuel economy, according to a new report released Tuesday by environmental groups.The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the BlueGreen Alliance seeks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Merkel to Confront Climate-Change ‘Doubters’ Among G-20 Peers

peers that climate change is real, signaling her message for a Group of Seven summit starting Friday.Merkel called on countries to uphold the Paris Agreement to combat climate change and limit the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Dumps 'Clean Coal' Research Despite Lauding Its Potential

Secretary Rick Perry is approaching carbon-capture research, Shaylyn Hynes, an Energy Department spokeswoman, said. “Secretary Perry’s support for clean coal and carbon capture has not changed with this… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Parched Cape Town Imposes Water Restrictions Due to Drought

The city, a major international tourist destination, says it is experiencing the impact of climate change and predicts little rain in the next three weeks. It wants daily water usage to be reduced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Budget Slashes Climate Spending

would have measured carbon dioxide emissions and concentrations. The budget would also eliminate funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to study so-called biological carbon sequestration, when… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

G7 Leaders Expect Trump to Make Paris Accord Decision This Week

more than $17 trillion in assets who released a statement Monday saying climate change must be an “urgent priority” for all G-20 nations. Executives have also warned that Trump would put U.S. companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Vatican Meeting, and a Clash of Moral Visions

concept was a Chinese-invented hoax; Scott Pruitt, appointed by Trump to run the EPA, contests that carbon-dioxide emissions are a main cause of global warming.That’s not all. When it comes to the economy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How to Make a Speaker

says. The slate is fabricated using the same type of water-jet cutting that Boeing uses to slice carbon fiber for the bodies of airplanes. Weiss in OMA’s Brooklyn showroom. In the realm of woodworking… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans

May 23, 2017

The newly appointed minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, presented her department’s budget for 2017/2018 to parliament recently. She outlined some of her department’s plans for the coming year. This article summarises her speech. Mmamoloko Kubayi The minister said that her department will spend R8,1-billion in the 2017/2018 financial year to … Continue reading “Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans”

First Green Bonds Sold by an Oil Giant Find Willing Investors

business, though the Climate Bonds Initiative said in the press at the time it didn’t have enough information about the deal to count it based on its measures. The company changed its name to Bangchak… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Scientific Consensus Is Worth Taking Seriously

lead to greenhouse gas warming, but there wasn’t consensus until experiments showed that indeed, carbon dioxide was building up in the atmosphere, and the global temperature was rising close to the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The potential impact of LNG in sub-Saharan Africa

May 22, 2017

  Over the last 30 years, the demand for gas as a substitute for coal and oil as an energy source has increased.  There has been a particular increase in the demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Asian countries, which accounts for 75% of global demand. Sub-Saharan Africa is … Continue reading “The potential impact of LNG in sub-Saharan Africa”

The Way to Power the Next Billion Consumers

May 20, 2017

regulation should be used to expand their use.Detroit utility DTE Energy plans to reduce its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, and says the goal “is achievable in a way that keeps Michigan’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations

May 19, 2017

Global Carbon Exchange 2 May, 2017 On 3 April 2017, the Minister of Environmental Affairs issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations, after being in draft format for two years, … Continue reading “New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations”

Another milestone for Kenyan wind power project

  WorleyParsons reports that the project delivery and engineering consultancy is nearing completion of its major scope of work on the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project in Kenya, with a key milestone of 120 wind turbines attaining Ready for Energisation (RFE) status in January 2017, and installation of all … Continue reading “Another milestone for Kenyan wind power project”

Trudeau to Force a Hybrid Carbon Price on Holdout Provinces

doesn’t bring in its own carbon price.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government revealed a “backstop” plan Thursday in Ottawa that would essentially force the minimum carbon price he announced last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

France Holds Off On Hitting the Nuclear Button

different from Macron’s platform, which stresses the need to fight climate change by raising carbon taxes while retreating slowly from nuclear. It’s also worth noting that France’s new prime minister… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

DTE to shut coal plants, cut carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050

May 18, 2017

… of its coal units by 2040, reducing carbon emissions by more than 80…. Detroit-based DTE said its efforts to cut carbon emissions will result… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Latin America's Clean-Power Play

quarter of its electricity by thermal plants, which burn carbon-spewing diesel oil, coal or gas. “Brazil’s electrical grid is carbonizing,” said Goldemberg. Misguided fiscal policies have added… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Poland Faces Harsh EU Reality in Push for Coal Exemptions

started a procedure against Brussels, known as the yellow card. It argues that proposals for new carbon dioxide limits rule out the construction of coal-fired plants and deny the nation its right to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Supporting digitalisation of South African power grid

May 17, 2017

  Eskom, the seventh largest utility in the world, generates around 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and imports and exports power to countries in the SADC region. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Rising population and an increasing demand-supply … Continue reading “Supporting digitalisation of South African power grid”

Paris, London Lead Urban Charge for Cleaner Cars as Trump Balks

of Bloomberg News, is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. He’s also president of the board of C40 Cities, a group of cities that will work with the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Spain Seeks $4.3 Billion Investment to Meet EU Clean Energy Goal

other forms of electricity generation so long as it’s a form of supply that doesn’t increase carbon emissions.The contest marks a resumption for the renewable energy business in Spain, which was… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa

May 16, 2017

An interview with NECSA CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding … Continue reading “The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa”

Kusile power station’s systems on display

  ABB recently invited the media to visit Eskom’s Kusile new-build power station to see the company’s products in use at the power station’s first generating unit. Kusile, which is near the existing Kendal power station in the Nkangala district of Mpumalanga, will comprise six units, each rated at an … Continue reading “Kusile power station’s systems on display”

Optimising energy usage and reducing costs

  A system integrator, contracted by the management of a local softdrink bottling company, provided a solution which resulted in a dramatic reduction in the plant’s energy costs and improved the visibility of the costs associated with the bottling company’s production processes. This article describes how that was achieved. Recognising … Continue reading “Optimising energy usage and reducing costs”

Distributed generation: The impact on network design

  Distributed generation is claimed to provide a better means of following and meeting demand, but do not seem to have been researched in depth. Distributed generation requires a change in the configuration and design parameters of transmission and distribution (T&D) networks. The concept of distributed generation has not been … Continue reading “Distributed generation: The impact on network design”

Thorium reactors and process heat applications

  The Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL) high temperature modular reactor (HTMR) is a Generation IV 100 MW helium-cooled power plant that features a thorium-based fuel cycle. The heat source is based on a fuel technology with intrinsic safety characteristics. This article discusses the benefits of a HTMR compared to other … Continue reading “Thorium reactors and process heat applications”

Large scale storage for utility scale solar PV

  With the increase in very large utility solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, it is becoming common practice to install utility scale storage together with PV solar farms, rather than rely on grid storage or user storage. This is influenced by the choice to rely on controllable output than external factors … Continue reading “Large scale storage for utility scale solar PV”

Scientist Turns Power Broker in Canada's Political 'Wild West'

project.Paris AgreementOnly five years ago, Weaver was modeling changes in permafrost, sea ice and carbon dioxide emissions at the University of Victoria, where he contributed to more than 200 scientific… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Occidental Holders Override Board in Approving Climate Proposal

May 13, 2017

against the proposal because its business strategies already incorporate the risks of a lower carbon economy.The proposal asks Occidental to assess its portfolio for long-term climate change impacts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Plan for Arctic Drilling Won't Hit a Gusher

since methane is a potent greenhouse gas, it can still produce other pollutants such as black carbon, causing ice and snow melt.Source: Arctic Sea Ice Graphs Yellow=1980, Red=2016An additional concern… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energize Inbox, May 2017

May 12, 2017

  Our winning letter re: Koeberg generates R29-billion towards Western Cape’s GDP Dear Editor I refer to an article published on the South African government’s news agency website on 30 March 2017, when I say that I don’t know where Lynne Brown gets her brilliant independent economists from. But what I … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, May 2017”

Molefe to head up Eskom again: what’s going on?

  Eskom’s board has apparently decided to reinstate Brian Molefe to his position as CEO of the power utility with immediate effect. This follows a dispute between the board and the minister of public enterprises over a payment Molefe was to receive. Roger Lilley Molefe left the utility at the … Continue reading “Molefe to head up Eskom again: what’s going on?”

Utility-scale renewable energy company turns to industrial projects

  Greg Austin, the managing director of the South African office of Juwi Renewable Energies spoke to Energize during the recent Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) exhibition and conference regarding the state of the renewable energy sector in South Africa. Greg Austin How has the delay in the signing … Continue reading “Utility-scale renewable energy company turns to industrial projects”

New York Threatens to Spoil Trump’s Push for Fossil Fuels

take charge of some of their languishing environmental issues.”New York has always led the way on environmental issues, said Seggos, the state’s environmental commissioner. “We believe that a strong… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Building a solar PV farm in Africa

May 11, 2017

  Solar PV project development and construction is well established internationally and particularly so in Europe and America. Africa has caught onto the wave with utility scale projects operational in Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda, with developments ongoing in many other countries. … Continue reading “Building a solar PV farm in Africa”

NERSA to formally investigate Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs

  Brenda Martin The National Energy Regulator’s (NERSA’s) electricity sub-committee has responded to a complaint issued by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), indicating that it has launched a formal investigation into Eskom’s conduct.  This follows a preliminary investigation, which found that there was sufficient grounds to warrant further … Continue reading “NERSA to formally investigate Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs”

Oil Set for Monthly Drop as OPEC Cuts Battle Rising U.S. Output

98 percent in March, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said in Paris Thursday. OPEC output in April probably fell by 20,000 barrels a day to 31.72 million barrels a day, according to JBC Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Dubai’s Newest Police Cars Are All-Electric BMWs

electric cars make up 10 percent of all government vehicles as part of a plan to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent by 2021.Earlier this year, Dubai’s transport authority announced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EDF to Ask Macron for Helpful Rules for French Nuclear Fleet

the Hinkley Point reactor project.Girre also welcomed Macron’s support for a minimum cost for carbon and called for a “less biased” price mechanism for the so-called ARENH sales system in France… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Razor-Thin British Columbia Vote Gives Greens Sway on Energy

share similar ideas in some areas — such as opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, raising carbon taxes, and taxing housing speculators. But Weaver has also hinted that on economic issues his… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity price increase: NERSA calls for responses to Eskom’s application to deviate

May 10, 2017

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has called for responses regarding Eskom’s application to deviate from prescribed procedures in an application for another tariff increase. Eskom, which has been authorised by NERSA to submit a 1-year tariff application for 2018/19 instead of its usual multi-year application, on … Continue reading “Electricity price increase: NERSA calls for responses to Eskom’s application to deviate”

New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations:

GCX, 2 May, 2017 On 3 April 2017, the Minister of Environmental Affairs issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations, after being in draft format for two years, aim to … Continue reading “New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations:”

Discussing the answer to Africa’s power challenges

  Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges. This is according to experts on the advisory board of the upcoming Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) … Continue reading “Discussing the answer to Africa’s power challenges”

Power developments in Africa – May 2017

Improving South Sudan’s electricity distribution The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a supplementary loan of US$14,57-million to rehabilitate and expand the distribution networks in Juba, South Sudan. The power distribution system rehabilitation and expansion project aims at strengthening the distribution networks in Juba to provide reliable electricity supply. … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa – May 2017”

Power industry focuses on renewables: Solar PV is the fastest growing

  Increased decentralisation, the need to decarbonise electricity generation, and digitisation to boost operational efficiency are driving market opportunities in the power industry. Continued regulatory support for renewable energy in key markets will see global power investment reach $443,5-billion in 2017. Solar photovoltaic (PV) will be the fastest growing segment, … Continue reading “Power industry focuses on renewables: Solar PV is the fastest growing”

Trump Delays Decision on Paris Climate Accord Amid Infighting

administration officials to hash out the potential benefits and legal risks of remaining in the global carbon-cutting pact reached among nearly 200 nations in December 2015.And by waiting until after the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trig Completes $29 Million Acquisition of Scottish Wind Farm

million pounds ($29.3 million).Trig bought the Neilston Community Wind Farm from private developer Carbon Free and Neilston Development Trust without any third-party project debt, according to a statement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Cars Will Be at an Economic Disadvantage Until 2025

restrict polluting cars in cities, with manufacturers facing the uphill task of meeting stringent carbon dioxide emissions targets even as buyers favor bigger vehicles.In the long term, the electric-car… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Names Neil Chatterjee, Robert Powelson to FERC

coordinate attacks against President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan that requires power plants to cut carbon dioxide-emissions. Powelson has been on the Pennsylvania commission since June 2008, and also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nations Are Stockpiling Cleaner Fuel to Tackle Pollution

Hoekstra said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur. Natural gas, which emits about half the amount of carbon as coal when burned, is among those that will benefit from growing demand for cleaner fuels,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewables: Cheap energy at a high cost?

May 9, 2017

  Recently, I read with both disgust and trepidation the story involving the contract extension of 30 Cuban water engineers. While we know there is a shortage of engineers in this country, there is no shortage of graduates looking for work, and surely it would not be difficult to find … Continue reading “Renewables: Cheap energy at a high cost?”

Nations urge Trump to stay in Paris climate agreement

… the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, that is backed…. The Paris Agreement’s Article 4 says any nation can adjust its goals… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

ACSA Gains International Carbon Accreditation At 4 Top Airports

May 8, 2017

GCX SA 21 April, 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has achieved level 1 accreditation under the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme (ACA) at four of its largest airports – O.R. Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka and Port Elizabeth International Airports. ACA is an independent, voluntary programme allowing the assessment and … Continue reading “ACSA Gains International Carbon Accreditation At 4 Top Airports”

The Robot Revolution Will Take Your Car, Your Mom’s Car, and All the Oil in 13 Years

Motherboard, ReThinkx, 4 May, 2017 A new report says self-driving electric vehicle fleets are poised to replace individual cars sooner than we think. A stunning new forecast projects that the internal combustion engine, along with the entire oil industry, are going to vanish from the face of the earth in … Continue reading “The Robot Revolution Will Take Your Car, Your Mom’s Car, and All the Oil in 13 Years”

“What a time to be communicating climate information”.

Ntanganedzeni Ramugondo, CSAG UCT, 26 April, 2017 I grew up in a community where anything just happened because it was just meant to happen. Well, at least we thought so and not many had the curiosity to ask themselves why. Livelihood activities such as farming were based on indigenous knowledge … Continue reading ““What a time to be communicating climate information”.”

U.S. Bluntly Rebuffs Queries on Climate

May 6, 2017

takes priority and that it would continue to roll back environmental regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions.”The administration is reviewing existing policies and regulations in the context of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau Mulls Coal Ban in Retaliation for U.S. Lumber Tariffs

production. Clark, who faces elections next week, has been more vocal and said she will impose a carbon tax on coal shipments if Trudeau doesn’t ban them.U.S. President Donald Trump stoked trade tensions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

States Move to Roll Back Environmental Rules in Trump’s Wake

line are new rules in the state for refrigerants and so-called “black carbon,” which is several times more potent than carbon dioxide. That comes on top of the state’s already ambitious plan to cut… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Exports Can Solve U.S. Energy Glut

plans to more than double the share of natural gas to 15 percent in light of its pledge to reduce carbon emissions as much as 35 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. According to the United Nations, India… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

2016 a Record Year for Renewables, Latest IRENA Data Reveals

May 5, 2017

IRENA, 30 March, 2017 Solar outpaces wind for new power capacity Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 March 2017 — Global renewable energy generation capacity increased by 161 gigawatts (GW) in 2016, making the strongest year ever for new capacity additions, according to data released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable … Continue reading “2016 a Record Year for Renewables, Latest IRENA Data Reveals”

Powering Africa off-grid

  Cummins Power Generation specialises in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets (gensets) from 8  to 3300 kVA. Off-grid solutions are based on the specific needs of the operation or application in question, classed generally as either “standby” or “prime”. Standby generators provide power in the event of grid … Continue reading “Powering Africa off-grid”

Turning Plastic to Oil, U.K. Startup Sees Money in Saving Oceans

second and the resulting fuel, called Plaxx, can be used to make plastic again or power ship engines.Adrian GriffithsSource: Recycling Technologies“We want to change the history of plastic in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Jersey Shore Would Rather Fight Flooding With Walls Than Retreat

says Mancini. But that just covers the bay side of town.On the ocean side, the Army Corps of Engineers just finished a 14-mile, 300-foot-wide system of dunes and berms that cost $232 million, fully… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump's Difficult Choice on Paris Climate Accord: QuickTake Q&A

areas of Earth and result in massive habitat displacements.3. What did the U.S. pledge?To cut its carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.4. What is Trump’s view?That’s a long story… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Returns to New York for ‘Coronation’ Marked by Protests

May 4, 2017

elected and have included activists concerned about the president’s policies on health care, climate change, immigration and women’s rights.More than 10,000 people gathered in New York’s Battery Park… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon Offsetting: Buyers’ Guide 1.0

Carbon Chronicle, Steve Zwick,  25 April, 2017 Source: Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace at http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com “A few weeks back, my Skype started bleating impatiently. It was my friend Hein, seeking my advice – which is odd, because Hein is one of those people I’m always running to for help. He’s a … Continue reading “Carbon Offsetting: Buyers’ Guide 1.0”

The road more traveled but with less carbon

The Carbon Chronicle, 3 May, 2017 Travel may be getting greener as more entities adopt offsetting initiatives. US rental car company The Hertz Corporation is launching a new carbon offset program, which TerraPass has signed on to administer. The program enables corporate customers to offset emissions associated with their vehicle … Continue reading “The road more traveled but with less carbon”

De Beers Says It Could Operate Carbon-Neutral Mine Within Half a Decade

diamond producer by value, says it could operate a carbon-neutral mine within half a decade.The Anglo American Plc unit plans to store carbon-dioxide in kimberlite rock — a type of ore best known… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SAPVIA welcomes new Minister of Energy

May 3, 2017

  Mmamoloko Kubayi The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has congratulated Mmamoloko Kubayi on her ministerial appointment to the energy portfolio. The association looks forward to engaging with the new minister and her team around how to give effect to the transformation of the energy sector and the role … Continue reading “SAPVIA welcomes new Minister of Energy”

Nuclear Africa conference: nuclear needed for SA’s economic future

  The Nuclear Africa 2017 Conference, held in Centurion at the end of March 2017, hosted international delegates to show their nuclear wares, discuss the benefits and problems of nuclear power, and advise on South Africa’s nuclear future. The conference demonstrated the international nature of nuclear power – in vendors, … Continue reading “Nuclear Africa conference: nuclear needed for SA’s economic future”

B.C. Premier Vows to Slap a Carbon Tax on U.S. Coal Exports

British Columbia’s premier said she’s ready to impose a C$70 ($51) carbon tax on every metric ton of U.S. thermal coal passing through the western Canadian province’s ports if she’s re-elected… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

`Charming Betsy' Doctrine Looms Over Trump's Climate Decision

issue is whether staying in the accord could legally oblige President Donald Trump to preserve carbon-cutting policies that he would much rather jettison.The White House counsel’s office warned Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Skeptics Always Assume the Risks Are Overhyped

failing crops, reducing carbon emissions looks like a very attractive proposition even for a climate-science skeptic. If the world launches on a path of aggressively cutting carbon, the worst-case scenario… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Traders Idled as China Refiners Fall Foul of Smog Fight

that’s prompted health concerns due to the heavy smog cloaking its cities. The nation’s output of carbon dioxide from the energy industry fell 1 percent in China in 2016, helping emissions flatline… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil-Trading Tycoons Bankroll Battle for Sailing's Greatest Prize

squad and has enlisted European plane maker Airbus Group SE to help with the design of the team’s carbon-fiber catamaran.Tornqvist’s Artemis is galvanized by the death of crew member Andrew Simpson… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ruling on SA’s nuclear deal a marker of political health

  The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High Court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue … Continue reading “Ruling on SA’s nuclear deal a marker of political health”

Partnership to advance electricity access in Africa

May 2, 2017

The US Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) recently with a summit in Washington, DC. The US-Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange project, which State and EEI are implementing jointly, aims to advance electric power sector reform … Continue reading “Partnership to advance electricity access in Africa”

Strengthening the grid for 500-million people

  The first step of a two-phased project designed to address the power needs of India’s northern region is now energised. GE Energy Connections has successfully transmitted 1500 MW of power for phase 1 of the Champa ultra high voltage direct current (UHVDC) project. Led by Power Grid Corporation of India, the project … Continue reading “Strengthening the grid for 500-million people”

Smart power plant for Virgin Islands

  Wärtsilä will supply a 21 MW smart power generation power plant to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI WAPA). The order includes three 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. The company’s scope covers the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. The power plant will … Continue reading “Smart power plant for Virgin Islands”

Trump Gasoline Tax Consideration Should Make Oil Nervous

Republican Congress; at 24.4 cents per gallon of E10 gasoline , that extra tax would imply a carbon dioxide cost of nearly $28 per ton.This being Trump, of course, Republicans might not necessarily… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Executive summary and full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016

May 1, 2017

  The article below is the executive summary of the full submission and response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (Draft IRP 2016) issued by the SA Department of Energy in November 2016 for comment and input from relevant stakeholders … Continue reading “Executive summary and full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016”

Thousands Brave Weather to Protest Trump Climate Policies

April 30, 2017

disputing the overwhelming consensus of scientists that the world is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are primarily to blame. Among those attending the Chicago rally were members of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump to Expand Offshore Drilling, Review Post-Spill Rules

April 29, 2017

regulatory requirements that strengthen our safety and environmental policies,” Zinke told reporters. “America leads the world in environmental and safety protections, and I assure you we will continue… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Wins Easier Path to Scrapping Obama's Clean Power Plan

joined the litigation. North Carolina dropped out this year.The initiative, designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, never took effect. The U.S. Supreme… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Climate Threat in Your Front Yard

— largely methane — is a very hazardous greenhouse gas. Although it is not as ubiquitous as carbon dioxide, and remains in the air for only about a decade (compared with more than a century for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airbus Concerned Brexit Will Curb Flow of Workers in Europe

vital parts. Airbus has invested heavily at its U.K. sites to accommodate a higher proportion of carbon components as the industry moves away from metal frames to lighter composite materials, Richter… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

April 28, 2017

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre … Continue reading “Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear”

Rice Farming Is a Big Polluter. In Arkansas, Farmers Test a Cleaner Way

April 27, 2017

because carbon markets aren’t working for them, he said. California has a fledgling market for carbon trading, and Arkansas farmers could potentially take part in it to monetize the carbon reduction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Warming Costs Mount as Heatwave Hits Chile’s Glaciers

survive all sorts of climate events for 10,000 years,” said Francisco Ferrando, a geography professor at Universidad de Chile in Santiago. “Global warming is accelerating and the change is being felt… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Dried-Up Heart of California's Water Dilemma

government-granted “allocations” subject to curtailment and change. When water becomes scarcer, whether because of drought or population growth in California’s cities or new environmental restrictions, Tulare… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China's $290 Billion New Area Lifts Hope for Better Cities

improve economies of scale and efficiencies as well as stimulate greater innovation and curb carbon emissions, it says. Urbanization “will act as another powerful driver of growth, although much… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Calls Rick Perry’s Push to Rework Paris Climate Agreement ‘Absurd’

derided it as a hoax. Germany’s own climate efforts, however, have been less resolute.The nation’s carbon dioxide output has fallen significantly since 1990 as it replaced coal-fired power plants with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA must move away from coal and towards renewables

April 26, 2017

  Ahead of the Department of Energy’s closing date for stakeholder engagement in the national Integrated Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plan, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is underscoring the importance of South Africa’s need to embrace renewable energy as the country’s single largest potential energy source. The … Continue reading “SA must move away from coal and towards renewables”

Major institutions gather to discuss energy objectives

  In a joint effort to mobilise key stakeholders to invest in off-grid renewables in developing and emerging markets, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) together with Energias de Portugal (EDP) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) organised a two-day investment forum in Lisbon, Portugal on 22-23 March … Continue reading “Major institutions gather to discuss energy objectives”

Khanyisa: Coal IPP, DEA and DoE face new legal challenge

  The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has challenged the Department of Environmental and Affairs (DEA), as well as the Department of Energy (DoE) and its IPP office to ensure that proper and thorough assessments of the environmental impact and potential climate change effects are conducted before the proposed Khanyisa … Continue reading “Khanyisa: Coal IPP, DEA and DoE face new legal challenge”

One millionth microcamera core produced

  Flir Systems recently announced that it has produced its one millionth Lepton microcamera core. This is the world’s smallest and most widely deployed microbolometer thermal imaging camera module. Additionally, the company announced it is making its highest resolution camera, Lepton 3, available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for product integration. Launched … Continue reading “One millionth microcamera core produced”

Drives in enclosure size E

  The VLT drives in enclosure size E are now available in a new design that gives greater output power, reduced physical dimensions, and improved functionality. Buyers can choose between standalone or cabinet-mounted variants of the single integrated drive. It is now easier to install, commission, and service VLT drives with enclosure size … Continue reading “Drives in enclosure size E”

Powering Africa’s industrialisation future

  In March 2014, Transnet announced a R50-billion contract with four manufacturers for 1064 new locomotives to drive its market development strategy. Power, efficiency, and reliability are key to powering these machines, responsible for pulling multiple wagons that carry substantial amounts of precious cargo across vast distances. At 2983 kW, the QSK95 is … Continue reading “Powering Africa’s industrialisation future”

Commitment to Africa is not just about money

  Louis Meiring When companies invest in Africa by setting up production facilities here, they contribute far more than just finances, buildings and equipment; they offer their host countries a shortcut into the global mainstream, opening the doors to trade and development. By far the most important aspects of foreign … Continue reading “Commitment to Africa is not just about money”

State prosecutors urge Trump not to withdraw from Paris accord

… not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which commits… agreement.” The Paris accord, reached by nearly 200 countries in 2015… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

This Hedge Fund May Be Poised to Create the Most Billionaires

foundation started by his son Nat, has spent some of his wealth funding organizations that fight climate change.Peter BrownPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/BloombergCo-Chief Executive Officer Brown, 62, also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Most of World's Largest Investors Taking Action on Climate Risk

rapidly scaling up action to tackle climate risk and seize opportunities in financing the low carbon economy.”Hotter temperatures across the globe are leading to rising sea levels and triggering… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Tries to Refill Its Biggest Reservoir

April 25, 2017

snow is impressive this spring, it will be almost all gone by fall. The Coming Storm of Climate ChangeSo when several dry years leave the reservoirs parched and the mountains bare, as happened… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Oil and Mining Giants Detail Road Map to Reduce Carbon by Half

how to slash carbon from 36 gigatonnes a year to 20 gigatonnes by 2040. The group said governments and companies must boost investments in hydrogen, bioenergy, waste heat and carbon-capture technologies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Doubts U.S. Climate Pledge as Trump Mulls Paris Withdrawal

China, the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide, is questioning whether the U.S. is doing enough under President Donald Trump to meet commitments made as part of the landmark Paris climate accord… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Converting Coal Would Help China's Smog At Climate's Expense

electricity can produce almost twice as much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions blamed in climate change, Song said. Synthetic natural gas produces carbon dioxide first during the processing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power

Resources Inc.’s 2.1-gigawatt Millstone nuclear plant produces 98 percent of the state’s low-carbon power. In New Jersey, reactors produce 97 percent of clean energy.“Every time you close a nuclear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Electric Car Revolution Tesla Began Faces Its Biggest Test

April 24, 2017

them because of the critical role electric cars play in reducing pollution and combatting climate change. But even where governments are less enlightened, the valley of despair is coming to an end… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon tax dominoes lining up

  The Minister of Environmental Affairs has issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations aim to introduce a single national reporting system for the transparent reporting of GHG emissions, which will … Continue reading “Carbon tax dominoes lining up”

Smart grid project for Naledi community

  Several projects were launched in Naledi Municipality, Vryburg, during March 2017, by then-Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, and the mayor of Naledi Local Municipality, Neo Skalk. The first was the handover of the “Greening Technologies” to Tygerkloof Combined School. The Greening Technologies are part of the Working for Energy … Continue reading “Smart grid project for Naledi community”

Natural gas power plants planned

  Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply generating equipment with a capacity of 94 MW for two natural gas power plants to the city of Tallahassee in Florida, USA. The equipment is to be delivered during the latter part of 2017 for the 19 MW plant and in early 2018 … Continue reading “Natural gas power plants planned”

World energy priorities highlighted

  A new report published by the World Energy Council, “Exposing the New Energy Realities”, provides a snapshot of the current priorities facing global energy leaders. It highlights shifting priorities in the energy sector with an increasing impetus towards a lower carbon future. Disruptive technologies including renewable energies and energy efficiency … Continue reading “World energy priorities highlighted”

Republican Cracks Emerging in Trump's Coal-Heavy Energy Plan

within his own cabinet — about whether to continue subsidies for wind and solar power, enact a carbon tax, remain party to the Paris climate accord and plenty of other issues that will shape the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Advocates Fan Out in Global Show of Support for Science

April 23, 2017

said they were anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccine immunizations. “Scientists find it appalling that evidence has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Touts Successes of Programs Trump’s Budget Aims to Kill

April 22, 2017

responsibility for funding local environmental programs to state and local entities.”As for the diesel program, the memo said: “With updated standards in 2008, cleaner diesel engines will increasingly replace… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Has First Day Without Relying on Coal for Power Since 1880s

said in an email.Action against climate change is the primary reason for the shift to cleaner energy. European Union members have to meet a target to generate 20 percent of their final energy consumption… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Happy Earth Day. Enjoy It While You Last.

galaxy. Earth’s geology helps regulate the climate through the cycling of carbon dioxide. When exposed rocks weather, carbon dioxide gets pulled out of the atmosphere, allowing the globe to cool. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Paying Nuclear Losers for ‘Clean’ Power Upends U.S. Markets

April 21, 2017

began to change in August when New York handed nuclear plants so-called credits for supplying carbon-free power to the state, which means the generators can raise an additional $500 million a year… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Someone needs to fret about fracking go-ahead

  The news that fracking has been given the go-ahead in South Africa comes as a surprise to many. The Mineral Resource minister made the announcement with little comment from the Department of Energy or from former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Tilden Hellyer The two major focal points are the … Continue reading “Someone needs to fret about fracking go-ahead”

Wind farm lifts first turbine ahead of schedule

  Khobab Wind Farm has announced that it has completed the lifting of the first of its 61 wind turbine generators, ahead of schedule.  It is anticipated that the first power will be exported in the next three to four months and that the wind farm is to start supplying … Continue reading “Wind farm lifts first turbine ahead of schedule”

Energy company launches technical education centre

  Schneider Electric has partnered with the Sedibeng College to launch the second French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (FSASEC). The college is part of three more FSASECs established by the company in conjunction with the Schneider Electric Foundation and the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. … Continue reading “Energy company launches technical education centre”

SA company developing PV projects in Africa

  South African clean energy producer, BioTherm Energy has received two grant awards so far this year from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). As developer to Ghanaian company, Buipe Solar, the first of two official signing ceremonies in March, saw the company receive a grant to support technical and … Continue reading “SA company developing PV projects in Africa”

Raising capital for biomass project

  Uhuru Energy, a market leader in large-scale biomass-to-energy project development, has appointed Havaic in an advisory role in its first capital raising initiative. The focus of this round of fundraising would be to facilitate the progression of certain projects through the approval phase. The company has identified the opportunity provided by biomass … Continue reading “Raising capital for biomass project”

Rooftop PV with monitoring system installed

  A professional monitoring system helps ensure the smooth operation and maximum energy yield of PV systems. Meteocontrol implements projects of all sizes throughout the world. The modular system of the blue’Log X series, which is tailored to individual systems, in combination with the VCOM virtual control room, monitors solar systems, … Continue reading “Rooftop PV with monitoring system installed”

Liquefaction production plant launched

  South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) on 16 March 2017, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology (and the National Research Foundation-supported South … Continue reading “Liquefaction production plant launched”

Predictable power where it’s needed

  The QES 200 range of mobile generators from Atlas Copco Portable Energy has been extended from 9 to 200 kVA, and now comprises eleven models to meet the standby power requirements of the general construction and rental industries, with further extensions planned for the range. Power may be needed … Continue reading “Predictable power where it’s needed”

Wal-Mart Wants Suppliers to Eliminate a Gigaton of Greenhouse Gases by 2030

Colgate-Palmolive Co. to help the world’s biggest retailer remove a billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by 2030.The retailer’s target—which it’s calling Project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Oil-Sands Operators Bet on Local Advantage as U.S. Partners Flee

The advances could help oil-sands operators cut costs by as much as 40 percent and reduce greenhouse–gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, Wicklum said.The best methods will be widely available… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Record Tornado Damage Shows Rising Cost of Climate for Travelers

National Weather Service data.The causes for the rising costs are in dispute. Some blame climate change. Increased development along coastlines or near forests have added to risks from hurricanes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Conservative Carbon Tax Support Grows (Audio)

climate and adaptation reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses growing conservative support for carbon taxes in American cities. He speaks with Alan Bjerga and Amy Morris on Bloomberg Radio’s “Politics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carbon Taxes Gain Conservative Followers

interest in promoting or implementing a carbon tax.”D.C.’s tradition of embracing liberal causes might have made it seem an obvious candidate for a carbon tax. The brief flirtation is a case study… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Moves to the Naughty List

billion developing technologies to capture carbon emissions. Chevron Corp. and Australia’s government have invested $1.5 billion in equipment that collects carbon dioxide from a massive liquefied natural… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macquarie to Boost U.K. Green Bank After $3 Billion Purchase

the privatization.“We will create a market leading platform dedicated to investment in the low carbon economy in the U.K. and beyond,” Daniel Wong , head of Macquarie Capital in Europe, said in an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gigantic Wind Turbines Signal Era of Subsidy-Free Green Power

are heavier, placing a natural limit on size, said Christensen. Lightweight materials such as carbon fiber may be required to reduce the heaviness of the rotor and the blades as the turbines grow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon

April 20, 2017

  The persistent speculation on a possible nuclear power investment in South Africa being progressed on an urgent basis is concerning, given the scale and inflexibility of such an irreversible commitment in a fast changing world.  Piet van Staden Reassurances that we will only embark on such a programme at … Continue reading “EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon”

Gas power plant on the cards

  A new power plant, Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in Tema, Ghana, will be independently owned by the Cenpower Generation Company (Cenpower) to provide safe, secure and reliable electricity supply to Ghana. It will consist of a multi-shaft combined cycle configuration comprising two gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators, and … Continue reading “Gas power plant on the cards”

Energy awards recognise high standards and innovation

Africa Energy Awards has become a highlight of the annual Power and Electricity World Africa conference and exhibition. Gareth Gregory, the event’s Master of Ceremonies, said that if ambition is the destination, tenacity is the path. Since 2007, these awards have recognised and rewarded industry innovation and outstanding performance, while … Continue reading “Energy awards recognise high standards and innovation”

Toyota Puts Fuel-Cell Semi Truck to Test at Los Angeles Port

city’s docks and nearby warehouses operated by retailing giants.Swapping internal-combustion engines for fuel-cell stacks will support Governor Jerry Brown’s efforts to cut emissions from freight… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Was That Climate Change, Too? Short Answer: Yes

oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question,” Trenberth wrote in the journal Climatic Change.Allowed more than one word, the answer is considerably… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How to Drive the World Off a Cliff

change. The mainstream approach is to tap the brakes, with a gradually rising, government-mandated carbon price, such as this research example. A more aggressive response, gaining favor among some economists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief Takes First Step in Reversing Obama-Era Methane Rule

April 19, 2017

and modified wells, with the goal of reducing yearly emissions by 6.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent.The Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider the regulation in response… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe’s Coal Power Is Going up in Smoke — Fast

researcher.When used for power generation, coal is the most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels, producing twice the level of carbon emissions as natural gas, according to the U.K.’s Department… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Feedback from Cigré annual general meeting

  Prince Moyo The South African national committee of the international council on large electrical systems, Cigré, held its annual general meeting at the premises of Aberdare Cables in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, recently. The chairman, Prince Moyo, who replaces Rob Stephen in this role, welcomed Stan Bridgens, the CEO of the … Continue reading “Feedback from Cigré annual general meeting”

New nuclear build is justifiable

  In a new report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, the World Nuclear Association shows that new nuclear build is justified in many countries on the strength of today’s economic criteria and identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment. This is the … Continue reading “New nuclear build is justifiable”

Koeberg’s Unit 2 shut down

  Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station in the Western Cape has been shut down for refueling after 492 days of uninterrupted operation. The refuelling process takes about two months. The unit has been running without major interruption since December 2015. Koeberg’s Unit 1 is still supplying 930 … Continue reading “Koeberg’s Unit 2 shut down”

GCL New Energy Aims to Finish at Least 300MW Solar Farms in U.S.

review that likely precedes dismantling the Clean Power Plan, a rule to cut long-term power-sector carbon pollution.“U.S. policies will have some impact but it’s not material,” said Ren. The company… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid

April 18, 2017

  GE and Southern California Edison (SCE) have unveiled the world’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid system in Norwalk, California. This system, called the LM6000 Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine (Hybrid EGT) supports SCE’s increasing renewable energy capacity by providing quick start, fast ramping capabilities to balance variable energy supply and demand, … Continue reading “World’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid”

Converting power stations to dual fuel: a rewarding challenge

  The global power generation industry is under increasing strain to keep up with demand while also having to comply with more stringent environmental legislation. While fuel prices continue to be volatile, natural gas has recently become a more attractive option. This trend has led to a growing number of … Continue reading “Converting power stations to dual fuel: a rewarding challenge”

LNG essential to meet energy demand

  Mitsui & Co., one of Japan’s largest companies, has underlined the importance of a stable liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply in order to fulfill future energy demand in Japan. The company says that LNG and gas will continue to play an important role long-term in a low-carbon global economy. Despite renewable … Continue reading “LNG essential to meet energy demand”

Mild 48 V hybrid vehicles developed

  Vehicle emissions regulations for 2025 and 2030 are unlikely to be met by conventional vehicle technology as applied to most vehicles beyond small cars. Using hybrid and pure electric powertrains involves considerable expense and delay and often totally new platforms. However, an intermediate technology has reached an exciting stage which … Continue reading “Mild 48 V hybrid vehicles developed”

Bifacial solar module launched

  Trina Solar recently announced that it has launched its high-efficiency bifacial module Duomax Twin. This product is an innovative solar module integrating the technology of the company’s high efficiency bifacial PERC cell and Duomax module. The company is known for its research and development of PERC cell technology and production, achieving several world records … Continue reading “Bifacial solar module launched”

Large propane power plant contract awarded

  The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 21 MW smart power generation power plant to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI WAPA). The order includes three Wärtsilä 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. Wärtsilä’s scope covers the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. … Continue reading “Large propane power plant contract awarded”

Embracing new frontiers

  Energy leaders are adapting to a rapid change of pace and are identifying new priorities. Commodity prices and climate change policy remain the top issues keeping energy leaders awake at night, according to the latest iteration of the World Energy Council’s “World Energy Issues Monitor”. The survey of 1200 … Continue reading “Embracing new frontiers”

DC high-current transducers

  LEM of Geneva Switzerland offer the HAZ series of high-current transducers. The family includes six models capable of measurement of 4000 to 20 000 A. The window will accommodate busbars of up to 162 x 42 mm. The HAZ series are available in six industry standard outputs: ± 20 … Continue reading “DC high-current transducers”

This Man Is Spending Millions to Break Elon Musk's Trump Ties

Bee. He’s going to set up information booths on college campuses in a bid to dissuade young engineers from working at Tesla or Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Musk’s rocket company. He’s going… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

UPDATE 2-Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

…. Environmental groups want Washington to remain in the Paris agreement… whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

…. Environmental groups want Washington to remain in the Paris agreement, even… energy issues at the NEC, to recommend remaining in the Paris agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Nutrient-Poor Farms Get a Vitamin Boost From Zinc Mines

demand for the metal at a time of low stockpiles and surging prices.“It’s slow growth, but it’s steady growth,” said Sean Davis, the principal analyst for a Houston-based unit of IHS Markit, a global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Exxon, Shell Join Ivanka Trump to Defend Paris Climate Pact

Low and No-Carbon IndexesBy contrast, he said, remaining in the deal would ensure a constant cycle of international criticism because countries have committed to a new round of carbon-cutting commitments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple’s Quest to Use 100% Renewable Energy

April 14, 2017

of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, discusses the company’s goal to reduce their carbon footprint by using only clean energy. She speaks with Bloomberg’s David Gura. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Koenigsegg Reveals Insane 1,360-Horsepower Agera RS1 in New York

needed to eliminate even a passenger seat to achieve its 4,280-pound weight, the RS1 has electric carbon fibre sport seats. (Not to compare the two—the RS1 belongs to a price range miles removed from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple Says Three More Suppliers to Use Solely Renewable Power

Jackson, Apple’s vice president in charge of sustainability and government affairs.“We look at our carbon footprint as so much more than just our office, our data centers, our stores, even our distribution… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

One of Saturn’s Moons Has Potential for Life

energy source in the form of hydrothermal venting. Chemicals needed for life formation include carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, phosphorous, and nitrogen. No phosphorus or sulfur has been found on Enceladus… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Caution: Debate Over Speed Bumps Ahead

suggested that the country eliminate speed bumps from its roads to ease vehicle passage and limit carbon emissions. This has since given rise to heated debate. In the U.S., homeowners often push for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Secrets of Flight Attendants, From Free Upgrades to Mile High Club Fails

When you cram hundreds of passengers into a carbon fiber tube and shoot it across the sky, things are bound to go wrong. And no matter how dire the state of air travel seems—whether it’s the disturbing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Selected for prestigious energy leaders programme

April 13, 2017

  SANEA, the South African National Energy Association, is very pleased to announce that two of its nominees, Avesh Padayachee and Pule Segale, have been selected for the prestigious global World Energy Council FELS 100 programme. Pule Segale Avesh Padayachee                 The Council … Continue reading “Selected for prestigious energy leaders programme”

Fostering innovation and changing mindsets for mobility

  In partnership with the Dutch Cycling Embassy comprising Dutch cycling experts working together to promote cycling and share the Dutch cycling culture worldwide, Royal HaskoningDHV facilitated a fact-finding mission earlier this year to see what people on the ground think of cycling for improved mobility, upliftment of communities and … Continue reading “Fostering innovation and changing mindsets for mobility”

Co-op’s community wind farm on track

  The development of Awel Co-op’s wind farm in Wales is well under way with the energisation of the wind turbines due to take place next month. Final take over by Awel Co-op as the owner and Enercon for the turbine operations and maintenance took place in January 2017. The project comprises two … Continue reading “Co-op’s community wind farm on track”

Carbon fibre couplings for power transmission

  High performance carbon fibre shaft couplings from Bibby Turboflex, part of the Altra Industrial Motion Group, can dramatically simplify the design, installation and maintenance of power transmission systems requiring long horizontal or vertical shafts, while also improving dynamic performance. The company’s floating shaft couplings are a favoured solution for … Continue reading “Carbon fibre couplings for power transmission”

Electrical council seeks students and young professionals

  Cigré wants to increase the participation of women and young professionals under the age of 35 (students in particular) in the organisation’s activities and to create new national committees in Africa. In order to achieve this directive, the Cigré-SA Executive Committee initiated the Cigré-SA Next Generation Network (NGN). This group … Continue reading “Electrical council seeks students and young professionals”

Eliminating energy-related carbon emissions is possible

  Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched … Continue reading “Eliminating energy-related carbon emissions is possible”

Energy storage unit available locally

  The Daimler subsidiary, Deutsche Accumotive, has introduced a stationary energy storage unit which can be used by industrial and domestic users alike. The new Mercedes Benz-branded energy storage unit makes use of the experiences gained in the development of Li-ion storage systems for supplying energy in mobile applications. The system enables energy … Continue reading “Energy storage unit available locally”

UK-France power link ordered

  ABB has won an order worth €270-million from the UK grid operator, National Grid, and the French network owner and operator, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), to provide HVDC technology to help interconnect the electricity networks of France and the UK. The company will participate in the interconnection project, which further … Continue reading “UK-France power link ordered”

Transformer ratio and winding resistance tester

  The Megger MWA3 series transformer winding analyser is designed to perform transformer ratio and winding resistance testing in one box, quickly and efficiently. It is an advanced three-phase portable transformer test system which reduces set-up time, increases job-site safety, and delivers improved productivity compared to individual instrument testing. The unit’s light … Continue reading “Transformer ratio and winding resistance tester”

Fit-for-purpose solar cables

  Specialist cable manufacturer, Helukabel, has invested considerable resources in the development of a comprehensive range of cables and accessories exclusively for solar energy applications. This has positioned it as a leading supplier of cabling solutions for many of the world’s most advanced solar plants. Having also supplied cabling solutions for some of … Continue reading “Fit-for-purpose solar cables”

Senior White House Adviser Departs for Business Lobby Group

successfully by other big business trade groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Peacock, an engineer by training, got his master’s in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and first served… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Why United Airlines Won't Lose Much Altitude in China

United Airlines was running so hot that the hashtag #UnitedForcesPassengerOffPlane was receiving 20 million views per hour on the Sina Weibo social network. Such fury is more typically reserved for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.K. Post-Brexit Economy Depends on Energy Market That's a Mess

using coal by 2025.“The U.K. could do a lot better,” said Russel Mills, director of energy and climate policy at Dow Chemical Co., the world’s second-biggest chemicals maker. “The country’s already… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Your Fridge May Get Washington's Next Regulatory-Rollback

tenure are estimated to save consumers $550 billion in utility bills and avoid 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to about 800 coal plants running for a year, according to government data… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Citigroup Investors Need to Start Playing Hardball

mix or strategy. Rather, investors lobbed soft, yawn-inducing questions about diversity, climate change and corporate responsibility. Sure, some investors may prefer to keep their dialogue with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Battle to Save a Dying Arizona Coal Plant Goes to Washington

coal-pollution rule and taken steps to reverse the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which sought to curb carbon emissions from the power sector. But cutting regulations can’t change coal’s unfavorable economics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New service centre workshop for drives

April 12, 2017

  ABB recently introduced its new drives services workshop at its factory and logistics headquarters in Modderfontein. The centre offers drive system consulting, retrofit, reconditioning and drive exchange services. The drive system consulting service offers support to optimise the process performance of a drive system. This service is available for … Continue reading “New service centre workshop for drives”

Engineers@Leisure: Dogs on site

  My work assistants come in the form of large, furry and loving Belgian Shepherd dogs. My first dog was employed in 1987, and to this day I have remained fortunate to have been (mostly) allowed to let my enthusiastic companions accompany me to work, and they have made my … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: Dogs on site”

Using computers to design electric furnaces

  This article provides an overview of recent applications of computational modelling to the design of electric furnaces. The aim is to illustrate that computational modelling can more comprehensively represent the component physics, chemistry, and kinetics of the processes being evaluated. While the smelting process is understood in general terms, … Continue reading “Using computers to design electric furnaces”

Pumping station optimisation saves energy, reduces TCO

  An upgrade of the water treatment and water supply system in Samara, Russia has improved operational efficiencies, reduced leaks and reduced total cost of ownership. The optimisation and control solution, which was implemented in 37 pumping stations, used a software-driven, process optimising, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system … Continue reading “Pumping station optimisation saves energy, reduces TCO”

Co-generation: Hybrid fuel-cell gas turbine systems

  Co-generation has been understood to mean the use of surplus process heat to generate electricity, or combined heat and power (CHP). The meaning has expanded to include combined power and heat (CPH), where power production is the primary purpose. With the increasing use of fuel cells, the options of … Continue reading “Co-generation: Hybrid fuel-cell gas turbine systems”

Latent heat storage: a new partner for CSP?

  It is generally accepted that cost-effective storage is the key to a high penetration of renewable energy in electricity grids. Much work has been done on the development of storage technology to meet these goals, but systems are still confined to several hours of operation. If longer storage periods … Continue reading “Latent heat storage: a new partner for CSP?”

Using tap changer dual assessment on transformers

  Diagnosing a transformer tap-changer’s performance, in order to determine whether the transformer is still fit for service or needs to be taken out of service for repair, can be done in a number of ways. This article describes a dual assessment method which evaluates an oil sample and measures … Continue reading “Using tap changer dual assessment on transformers”

The key to detecting broken conductors

  Detecting broken power line conductors has been made easier by the implementation of a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard in modern recloser controllers. This article describes the process. The latest implementation of the ANSI 46BC standard protection code provides for additional capabilities in broken conductor detection. Given the … Continue reading “The key to detecting broken conductors”

Estimating moisture in power transformers

  Modern technology and developments in signal acquisition and analysis techniques have provided new tools for transformer diagnostics. Of particular interest are dielectric response measurements where insulation properties of oil-paper systems can be investigated. Dielectric frequency response, (DFR, also known as Frequency Domain Spectroscopy, FDS), was introduced more than 15 … Continue reading “Estimating moisture in power transformers”

Construction materials from recycled CO2

  Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), an Australian company, is conducting research into a technology for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) by means of mineral carbonation. Its aim is to make use of waste CO2 as a raw material for the production of “green” construction products, with a … Continue reading “Construction materials from recycled CO2”

BRIEF-Energica signs commercial agreement with Tendance Roadster in Paris area

… agreement on the French market with Tendance Roadster in Paris area… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

China Urges U.S. to Uphold Paris Deal

U.S. to stick with the Paris agreement on climate change. Blomberg’s Rosalind Chin reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

White House Seeks Car-Efficiency Talks With California

said he would review California’s legal authority to enforce its own limits on pollution and carbon-dioxide emissions. So far, the administration has declined to launch a formal challenge to California’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Planes Are a Better Bet Than Flying Cars

links to less-developed rural areas. In effect, such planes could become the high-speed, low-carbon competition for long car rides, expensive commuter rails and trans-city buses.Until quite recently… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First Look: The Most Powerful Audi TT RS Ever

pounds saved in the engine alone thanks to new aluminum components, and 8 pounds shed via new carbon-ceramic brake discs on the front of the car. Also new this year are Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Meet the 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

can go wrong. You’re going to want to fix your car. Source: FCA US LLCThe Demon has a custom carbon-fiber instrument panel with the “Demon” badges written in script on the vent. A new four-point… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why the U.S. Overtaxes Labor

One day last week, a couple of White House officials floated the idea of including a VAT and a carbon tax in coming tax-reform legislation; within hours they had to walk it back. Economic efficiency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Siemens, Bombardier Said in Talks to Combine Rail Units

has become the fastest growing rail market as governments seek to ease crowded roads and reduce carbon emissions.TalksTalks between Bombardier and Siemens started earlier this year, the people said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Offers to Talk on Climate With U.S. as Trump Seeks Exit

distributed to reporters on Tuesday after a ministerial meeting in Beijing.China plans to cut carbon emissions per unit of economic growth by 18 percent by 2020 from the 2015 level. China has made… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

South Africa: growth or stagnation?

  The choice between growth and stagnation depends on the energy mix selected and the policy choices that are made. These issues will determine the economic path of South Africa for the next decade. Rob Jeffrey There was an important statement by the Minister of Public Enterprises recently which gave … Continue reading “South Africa: growth or stagnation?”

Investments in planning ensure project success

  Time, focus, and expertise in upfront project planning is critical to the success of power projects – experience and technology can help save time and money. Joseph Mahendran Power development plans throughout the world are getting more complex. Finding the optimum mix between large-scale multi-year baseload power projects, short-duration … Continue reading “Investments in planning ensure project success”

Protecting assets and the enviroment

  Andrew Keefe, the product manager for impregnation products at Elantas represented in South Africa by Wilec, spoke to Energize during a recent visit to South Africa. Keefe was in the country to visit the company’s sole distributor in South Africa, Wilec, and local customers. He also addressed delegates at … Continue reading “Protecting assets and the enviroment”

How Countries Cut Carbon by Putting a Price on It: QuickTake Q&A

April 11, 2017

expect to use some form of carbon pricing.1. Who has a carbon tax?Right now 19 countries impose levies with prices ranging from less than $1 to $131 a metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted — the equivalent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

President Zuma’s game of musical chairs: what does this mean for the energy industry?

  South Africans are in a state of shock following President Zuma’s seemingly abrupt decision to reshuffle his cabinet. Paired with the subsequent credit downgrades, the country’s future is, yet again, riddled with uncertainty. Travis Hough The new minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has held positions within the telecommunications and … Continue reading “President Zuma’s game of musical chairs: what does this mean for the energy industry?”

Thornton Joins Barrick Top Brass in Argentina After Rupture

where Veladero is located, have issued a series of demands, including a re-engineering of operational and environmental processes at the mine. It will also have to be audited by local and international… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Faces Showdown With G-7 Over Climate Stance Next Month

pledge to abandon the landmark climate agreement, brokered in 2015 by more than 190 nations. It also indicates that other nations are unwilling to drop climate change from the G-7 agenda, setting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BMW, Ford Win U.K. Funds for Driverless, Low-Carbon Vehicles

among the winners of 110 million pounds ($136 million) from the U.K. for the development of low-carbon vehicles and driverless cars.The funding for a total of 38 projects, including 62 million pounds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pipeline Built to Survive Extremes Can't Bear Slow Oil Flow

at low temperatures, crude behaves badly. Ice crystals form that can damage pumping equipment. Carbon molecules, meanwhile, coalesce into paraffin, a waxy residue that, if not cleared out, can gunk… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Long-term service contract awarded at Zambian mine

April 10, 2017

  Rolls Royce Power Systems has won a 13-year service contract for the regular maintenance of 30 Rolls Royce Power Systems MTU engines used in Hitachi dump trucks at the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia. To ensure fast, trouble-free service, more than 10 MTU employees will be stationed directly on-site at the mine. … Continue reading “Long-term service contract awarded at Zambian mine”

High grade nuclear fuel element discovered locally

  Steenkampskraal mine in the Western Cape says the thorium (Th) deposit at the mine is the highest grade in the world, at an average of 2,14% Th. The latest mineral resource estimate indicates the presence of 11 700 t of thorium. A report by the Colorado School of Mines says that … Continue reading “High grade nuclear fuel element discovered locally”

Power export programme expanded

  Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) have signed a three-year power supply agreement to increase Eskom’s electricity exports to South Africa’s neighbouring states. This is the second power sales agreement that the power utility has signed, having recently concluded a five-year power sales agreement with NamPower, the Namibian national … Continue reading “Power export programme expanded”

New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early

  Eskom has been vague when it comes to backing up its claims about five power stations which will have to close early due to the expected inclusion of more renewable energy producers. Not even the three unions that have met with executives from the power utility over the past few weeks … Continue reading “New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early”

VWs Pile Up by Thousands Awaiting Fix or Scrap Yard in Buyback

that cleans the pollutants. But that retrofit presents a host of engineering challenges, German said. For example, engineers will have to shoehorn a urea tank and filling nozzle into small cars… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Russia Turns Wary on Japan Gas Future as Abe Heads to Moscow

the country’s reliance on nuclear power as a way to lower costly fossil fuel imports and cut carbon emissions.Gazprom’s export projects for Asian markets. Source: Gazprom March 2017 presentationSource:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Legal advice on African deals

  Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest legal footprints in Africa of any international law firm, and has been advising on deals in Africa for over 30 years. This is evident in its experience of working in over 45 African jurisdictions, both advising on transactions and on-going commercial operations … Continue reading “Legal advice on African deals”

Wind farm connection to an AC network

  The performance requirements of wind power plants (WPPs) are defined by the respective regulatory bodies for power system operation and are usually described in the form of a grid code. These codes usually define the expected operational ranges of frequency and voltage, the requirements for reactive power/voltage control and … Continue reading “Wind farm connection to an AC network”

Power developments in Africa, April 2017

  Two 17 MW solar parks for Burkina Faso South African-based BioTherm Energy has been selected to develop two 17 MW solar PV plants near the villages of Pá and Kodéni in Burkina Faso, once the feasibility study has been concluded. The US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, April 2017”

Appeals court upholds California's anti-greenhouse gas program

April 9, 2017

… for reducing greenhouse gas emissions does not amount to an illegal tax… emissions and buying and selling greenhouse gas emission allowances… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Richard Branson Opens B.V.I Art Reef Scuba Dive Site

April 8, 2017

Owen Buggy, saw an opportunity: “[Buggy] pitched the idea to me of cleaning this ship of any environmental hazards and then intentionally sinking it to become an artificial reef and recreational dive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Coal's Itsy-Bitsy Comeback

roll back the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan, which would have imposed strict new carbon-emissions rules on coal-fired power plants. “My administration is putting an end to the war on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Targeting strong growth in East Africa

April 7, 2017

  The partnership between Cummins and Car & General (C&G), to be known as Cummins C&G Limited, will be fully operational in April 2017. The new company’s region of responsibility will cover Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Seychelles. East Africa, one of the … Continue reading “Targeting strong growth in East Africa”

Amazon Finds There's Nothing Foolish in Fuel Cells

Power technology. That would be a shame: Once the internal combustion engine is forced out by ever more stringent environmental regulation, consumers should, at the very least, have a choice of different… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Congressional Clock Running Out to Repeal Obama Regulations

Interior Department rule requiring companies to find and repair leaks of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — from pipelines, processing equipment and wells. The American Petroleum Institute has lobbied… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Saudi Aramco IPO May Revive London's Commodity Heavy Past

risks around climate change. In particular, they worry that at least some of the wealth tied up in fossil-fuel reserves could be stranded as things like vehicle electrification and climate-focused legislation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lawmakers Confuse Themselves on Climate Change

sure what would have the biggest impact — smog or carbon dioxide.What we know now is that smog eventually dissipates and gets rained out. Carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for centuries. Some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Cuts CEO’s Maximum Pay by $3.7 Million to Appease Investors

April 6, 2017

reward efforts to control emissions. Progress in cutting greenhouse gases from its refineries, chemical plants and the burning of natural gas at its fields will determine 10 percent of executives’… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

World Leaders Watch in Silence as Trump Cuts Climate Efforts

As President Donald Trump tries to rip U.S. climate change efforts out by the roots, world leaders are watching in silence.Presidents and prime ministers around the globe have raised few, if any… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Peru Must Prepare for Climate Change After Floods, Kuczynski Says

flooding in almost 20 years, the country’s leader says preparing for the next big one is more urgent than ever.Severe El Ninos “will come around more frequently because of climate change” and Peru needs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Boosts Coal as China Takes the Lead on Climate Change

President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the world’s two largest economies and carbon polluters are taking dramatically divergent paths on climate policy. With Trump suggesting he… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Tax Overhaul Keeps Congress Waiting as Questions Pile Up

Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council head Gary Cohn, are said to oppose it.Carbon TaxAmid that disagreement, the administration has begun reaching out to Democrats to seek support… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Accurate power analyser for transformer testing

  The new Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is said to be the world’s most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing power transformers used in power utilities’ transmission and distribution networks. The device boasts a total power accuracy of ±0,01% at a power factor of 1 and frequencies between 44 and … Continue reading “Accurate power analyser for transformer testing”

Trump Budget Would Slash Funds for EPA Vehicle Lab

cut $48 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program responsible for producing new car fuel economy labels and certifying that new vehicles, engines and fuels conform with clean… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BRIEF-I.Ceram signs strategic collaboarion agreement with university Paris 13

… agreement with university Paris 13 * The first experimental results… of this agreement are expected at the end of the year 2017 Source text… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

To Shrink the Trade Deficit With China, Tax Carbon

would be to pivot to a border carbon-adjustment policy, something that would benefit most American companies and be compatible with WTO rules. It would tax the carbon contents of imports from all… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada To Move Forward With Climate Strategy

Canada has accelerated its efforts to shift to a lower carbon economy, with a plan to spend $2.2 billion on clean energy investments over the next five years… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Stand-Up Paddleboarding (aka Surfing for the Lazy)

a paddle separately, aluminum or alloy is fine (Red Paddle Co.alloy, $140; redpaddleco.com), carbon fiber is better (Aqua-Bound Malta,$325; aquabound.com), and wood is way cool (Shaw and Tenney… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engineers speak out on recent cabinet reshuffle

April 5, 2017

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), the industry association for consulting engineers, representing a member base of over 500 companies which employ over 23000 people in various capacities, has expressed dismay at the recent cabinet reshuffle. According to CESA, the current cabinet reshuffle, which they accept as being the prerogative … Continue reading “Engineers speak out on recent cabinet reshuffle”

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary … Continue reading “Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016”

Generator-hire company opens office in Saldanha Bay

  Compressor and generator hire company, Rand-Air, recently opened a branch in Saldanha Bay, in an effort to expand the company’s reach across the country. The need to support the steel industry and related contractors around the sector, such as marine contractors, sandblasters etc., was imminent. The company is proudly involved in … Continue reading “Generator-hire company opens office in Saldanha Bay”

Robust ground-based PV mounting system

  Schletter Group, known internationally for its PV mounting systems, has expanded its ground mount product line, the first of a new generation, designed with thoughtful attention to proven, cost-effective installation standards and practices. Noteworthy cost benefits include increased adjustment capability in the field, increased spans between foundations, standardisation and reduction … Continue reading “Robust ground-based PV mounting system”

Solar powered TV launched

  Being the only UK electronics brand to manufacture its televisions on home soil, Cello is used to doing things differently. The company has launched their latest offering: a 56 cm LED TV which is powered solely by the sun. Recently launched at the third Solar Africa Expo in Kenya the concept has been … Continue reading “Solar powered TV launched”

Funding raised for Japanese solar power plant

  Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, recently announced completion of its second green project bond placement with Goldman Sachs Japan. The ¥5,4-billion (US$47-million) innovative dual-tenor green project bond was issued to finance Canadian Solar’s 19,05 MW Gunma Aramaki solar power plant in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The … Continue reading “Funding raised for Japanese solar power plant”

Regional company established in South Africa

  IBC Solar, a leading global system house for photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage systems, is now actively involved in the growing the South African market with its own regional company. The company has been working with its partner Maxx solar energy in South Africa since 2014, and has already successfully implemented numerous projects. A new … Continue reading “Regional company established in South Africa”

Smart grid inverter extends battery life

  Imeon Energy creates intelligent inverters for specific and diverse needs in the self-­consumption market, emphasising performance and simplicity of use. Its “grid optimised storage”manages charge and discharge of batteries to optimise efficiency, increasing the batteries’ life. In fact, contrary to traditional techniques, the unit stores only the surplus of … Continue reading “Smart grid inverter extends battery life”

Global Shipping Fleet Braces for Chaos of $60 Billion Fuel Shock

much as $4 million per engine, depending on its size, said Nick Confuorto, president and chief operating officer at scrubber supplier CR Ocean Engineering. Retrofitting engines might be worth doing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Is the F-35 a Trillion-Dollar Mistake?

the ground. Simultaneously, the plane’s main engine in the rear swivels 90 degrees to expel its exhaust downward. The combined force of fan and engine allows the plane to hover.https://www.youtube… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Tesla Vs. Ford, GM: Oil Has Been There

exploration and production companies that pioneered the shale boom. Like Tesla, they are valued for growth above all else and have had few problems tapping investors and bondholders for more money, despite… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Needs a Plan to Deal With China

to remain open; it would prefer that countries stick to their ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. Above all, it would like the room to pursue its strategic goals at home, in the region… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Modi Is a Different Nationalist Than Putin or Trump

and ask questions later. But that’s changed in the past decade. The Paris agreement on curbing carbon emissions, for example, came together partly because Modi sought to use it as an example of Indian… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

London May Have World's Strictest Anti-Pollution Rules by 2019

the pollution. Drivers were encouraged to switch to the fuel in the 1990s because it emits less carbon dioxide than gasoline. However, other pollutants as much as ten times more toxic continue to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Wins $3 Billion Iran Sale in Potential Test for Trump

attended the rollout of a new Boeing jet from a factory in South Carolina, extolling the “beautiful” carbon-composite 787-10 and praising the CEO as “a very, very tough negotiator.”Congressional MovesThe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New York Banking Royalty’s Heirs Are Unloading Art to Save the Family Estate

April 4, 2017

companies. A friend and early patron of artist Mary Cassatt, he maintained homes in Manhattan and Paris and a place in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, from which he commuted to the city on his yacht. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Japan Nuclear Court Wins Give Scant Guide on Further Victory

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lower the country’s reliance on costly fossil fuel imports and lower carbon emissions.“District courts are independent and can make their own decisions, despite what a high… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Battery storage holds economic potential

  Bertie Strydom The Battery Technologies Conference offered insight in to compliance and standards issues relating to batteries, research and development (R&D) in the battery industry, and the roadmap for assessing if energy storage could be a future industry locally and internationally. The Industrial Development Corporation’s Bertie Strydom’s presentation shed … Continue reading “Battery storage holds economic potential”

44 MW gas turbine for mobile power generation

  In an effort to speed-up fast-track power initiatives, Siemens introduces the SGT-A45 TR mobile gas turbine to its portfolio. This mobile gas turbine addresses the growing market for fast power. With an electrical generating capacity of up to 44 MW, this aero-derivative gas turbine is packaged for rapid deployment and … Continue reading “44 MW gas turbine for mobile power generation”

Nuclear Power Is Worth Saving

the atmosphere, is to put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions — in the form of a substantial carbon tax. Until federal and state lawmakers see the wisdom of enacting one, states should at least… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Xi's Nordic Stopover on His Way to U.S. Reveals a Global Trade Shift

warming, China is now placing itself alongside the European Union in the fight against climate change. The EU’s climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, said ahead of his visit to China last week that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Blue States Sue Trump Over Delay of Energy-Efficiency Rules

and other consumer products that are being blocked have been projected to slash emissions of carbon dioxide by 292 million tons, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday in a statement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How China Can Become a True Climate Leader

except in the most impoverished nations. Chinese leaders made a vague pledge to support low-carbon technologies internationally as part of a landmark 2015 climate change agreement with the U.S… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

CDS Trades and High-Tech Managers

April 3, 2017

certified by the “relevant payee,” plus 1% per annum (ISDA 2002 Master Agreement § 14). Good Hill certified that the cost of funds was 20%, the interest rate on loans from third-party investors.The result… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Former Google Vice President Starts a Company Promising Clean and Safe Nuclear Energy

President Donald Trump unwound the Obama-era framework of regulations designed to combat climate change and announced that he was “putting an end to the war on coal.”But not everyone in high-tech… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Poland's Morawiecki Doesn't Want Zloty to Strengthen Too Quickly

another tranche of so called Green bonds, whose proceeds are spent on efforts to mitigate climate change, Morawiecki said. That sale may be worth about 750 million euros.Washington AgendaMorawiecki… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Blaming South Africa Coal Cuts on Green Power Is `Misdirected'

NPC drew up the government’s blueprint for growing the economy, which recommends exploiting low-carbon energy. “It’s hard to believe that independent power producers are currently having any serious… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Local company supplies vandal-proof mini substations

  PCB Power Transformers is one of four successful bidders to be awarded as City Power’s (Johannesburg) supplier of mini substations built to their new specification. The company prides itself in the fact that it was the first supplier to have manufactured the new specification mini substation and have it … Continue reading “Local company supplies vandal-proof mini substations”

Cloud-based monitoring system for standby generators

  Companies usually expect their standby generators to offer an uninterruptible supply of electricity. However, some generators are not inspected regularly or protected securely. This results in the generator not being able to supply electricity when needed. Cummins has launched a cloud-based remote monitor for use with its range of … Continue reading “Cloud-based monitoring system for standby generators”

EPA chief says Paris climate agreement 'bad deal' for U.S.

… but the Paris climate change agreement is a “bad deal” for the country… to the agreement. Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to have his… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Euronext and Intercontinental Exchange sign agreement for derivatives clearing

… Exchange sign agreement for derivatives clearing * Formal clearing… services agreement expected Q2 2017 * Derivatives clearing operations… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Donald Trump’s Ferrari Disappoints at Florida Auction

April 2, 2017

seats and Scuderia crests on the fenders; it had yellow dials, a radio with a CD changer, and a carbon dash insert.Photographer: Dirk de Jager © 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’sThis 2007 Ferrari F430 F1… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA scientific integrity office reviewing Pruitt's comments on carbon

April 1, 2017

… in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global… that carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are a major… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Can Trump Truly Revive Coal Jobs and Industry?: QuickTake Q&A

appropriate,” begin proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Notably on the chopping block is the Obama administration’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Biggest 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight in Lift for Boeing Cash Plan

local time, as if to accentuate the improved development.Stiffer headwinds may lie ahead as the carbon-composite jetliner enters the market next year. The 787-10 figures significantly in Boeing’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bad News, Cyberwars and the Science of Lying

(Toronto Star)GOP climate skeptics call “insane” hearing which backfires as expert witness calls for carbon tax (Independent)Inside Cheddar, the Would-Be CNBC of the Internet (Wired)The Most Coveted Ball… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pressure transmitters for demanding applications

March 31, 2017

  The PT2000 line of pressure transmitters from Turck, supplied locally by RET Automation, offers a welded stainless steel measuring cell for increased durability and chemical compatibility. The PT2000 offers a solution that has no elastomer seals and all wetted materials are 316L stainless steel. This enables it to meet the … Continue reading “Pressure transmitters for demanding applications”

Future of Asian Luxury Cars, Electric Vehicles At Auto Show

in South Korea, home to the world’s fifth-largest automotive group. Growing interest in environmentally friendly cars among South Koreans will be in the spotlight as well. The show is missing Volkswagen… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Video Games Without the Players

Birds. Optimists say AI can help solve the world’s toughest problems, including cancer and climate change. So why are AI systems spending so much time gaming?It’s all about data. Games allow AI software… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Conoco-Cenovus Oil Sands Deal: They Just Want Different Things

Bloomberg Intelligence. That is due to rise to almost 6 million by 2020, but projected production growth could lead to bottlenecks developing in the next couple of years, risking wider discounts for Canadian… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Volkswagen Says It Has EPA Approval to Sell Repaired Diesels

March 30, 2017

crisis began: sell diesel-powered cars in the U.S.The company received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for its dealers to sell 2015 model year diesels after updating the vehicles’… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills At Home And Abroad

that that the environmental burden of manufacturing often falls heaviest on countries where companies set up shop to take advantage of low labor costs and relatively loose environmental regulations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Making Sense of Trump's Order on Climate Change

greenhouse-gas emissions? The answer comes from the social cost of carbon — the dollar figure that is designed to monetize the harm from a ton of carbon emissions.Until 2009, different agencies gave wildly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Coal Sale Plan Challenged by Environmentalists, Tribe

comments.In January, it released a blueprint of possible changes, including tacking a carbon fee onto coal leases to account for climate change, requiring payments into a fund to help out-of-work miners… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Seeks Halt to Clean Power Plan Review

his predecessor’s climate-change legacy, asking a federal appeals court to halt its review of carbon-emission rules for power plants.Trump, who famously called climate change a hoax in a 2012 tweet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BlackRock Takes on Ivory Tower Over Stock-Ownership Research

stakes in airlines and other industries.The debate has emerged during a time of massive growth in the passive and index investing business at BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street. Equity investments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Saudi Aramco's $2 Trillion Valuation Has Too Many Assumptions

company also pays a royalty on gross revenues of 20 percent, which has apparently not been affected by the latest reform.In a sense, the tax change is largely an accounting trick. With more than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Great Nevada Lithium Rush to Fuel the New Economy

County, a small city called Lancaster. Mayor R. Rex Parris, a Republican who believes in climate change, started working years ago to make his city greener. Lancaster set a target to become the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Bloomberg’s Barnett: Very Difficult to Reboot the Coal Industry

Barnett, Senior Energy policy analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, on the future of power plant carbon regulations, after President Trump signed an executive order to rollback climate change policies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Industry association responds to draft IRP

The public participation process for SA’s Integrated Resources Plan 2016 update report (IRP2016) is an ideal opportunity for South African citizens to sway the long-term investment choices that will serve the country up to 2050. We don’t often have an opportunity to influence government policy, so this is a significant … Continue reading “Industry association responds to draft IRP”

Start-ups ready to grow sustainable transport

  Western Cape entrepreneur Neil du Preez’s start-up, Mellowcabs, has designed electric mini-cabs, similar to the Tuk-Tuks which are popular on the rest of the continent. The three-wheeler Mellowcabs are aimed at urban commuters who need convenient, affordable taxi-type transport in cities. The solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells and other technology … Continue reading “Start-ups ready to grow sustainable transport”

South Africa’s first Bio-atlas launched

March 29, 2017

  South Africa’s first Bioenergy Atlas, launched by the Department of Science and Technology, has been welcomed by stakeholders as a critical resource in moving the country towards a low-carbon economy. Aimed at assisting government in its efforts to increase the national energy resources, the Bioenergy Atlas indicates the potential … Continue reading “South Africa’s first Bio-atlas launched”

Arguments preview fight on EPA greenhouse gas rules

… in determining that greenhouse gas emissions endangered human health… to public health. The agency found in 2009 that greenhouse gas emissions… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

China Set to Displace North America With Carbon Capture Projects

lead in the next wave of carbon capture and storage projects after its first large-scale endeavor with the technology advanced.Construction on the Yanchang Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Drives for Clean Coal

China is the world’s biggest coal producer and carbon dioxide emitter, but is trying to take the lead in cleaner technology. Stephen Engle reports… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Says He's Ending the War on Coal

President Donald Trump moved aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Says Executive Order Ushers 'New Era' in Energy

President Donald Trump moved aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Signs Executive Order on Energy Independence

President Trump moved aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bloomberg’s Denning on Oil: Saudi Arabia is Like a Central Bank

prices and Trump signing an executive order to dismantle Obama’s climate change policies to reduce carbon pollution. Running time 06:21… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bloomberg Markets: Trump Signs Executive Order on Energy

Repoter Bloomberg News Discussing President Trump moving aggressively to undo his predecessor’s carbon-cutting commitments, promising “a new energy revolution” that would unleash America’s abundant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

As Trump Bows Out, States Seek to Fill Void on Climate Change

the Northeast, states are moving to tighten carbon limits imposed as part of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the country’s first carbon cap-and-trade program. But even those like-minded… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Enhancing safety at electrical installations

  DEHN Africa introduces the new PHE4 series of voltage detectors to improve safety during maintenance of electrical systems and installations. They provide reliable information in all weather conditions (wet and dry), and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The PHE4 series of detectors verify the presence or absence of … Continue reading “Enhancing safety at electrical installations”

Restoring power quickly

  CenterPoint Energy’s intelligent grid is designed to provide best-in-class service to 2,4-million metered customers in southeast Texas. The new technology and the utility’s storm response teams were put to test during a severe storm in 2016 with wind, lightning and widespread flooding as well as road closures. More than … Continue reading “Restoring power quickly”

Eskom’s chief nuclear officer discusses Eskom’s renewed interest in the PBMR

March 28, 2017

  On 27 March 2017, EE Publishers’ investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, David Nicholls, on the utility’s renewed interest in the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). Nicholls explains the potential of the project, which is currently still in its research phase. … Continue reading “Eskom’s chief nuclear officer discusses Eskom’s renewed interest in the PBMR”

ISO celebrates 70th anniversary

  The story of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries gathered in London to discuss the future of standardisation. A year later, on 23 February 1947, ISO officially came into existence. In this post-war era, the founding members saw international standards as … Continue reading “ISO celebrates 70th anniversary”

How to Shake Up the Complacent Class: A Debate

to build infrastructure today. I would rather concentrate on a few important financial and environmental regulations, rather than have the government try to set standards for so many different parts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Threatened U.S. pullout might help, not hobble, global climate pact

…* Trump has threatened to “cancel” Paris Agreement * Pullout could… the fate of a deal that took two decades to negotiate. The Paris Agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump to Cancel Obama's Policies Aimed at Paris Climate Pledge

President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump May Be Offering Coal Leases That No One Wants

team released a blueprint for overhauling the program that included the possibility of tacking a carbon fee onto coal leases or ending it altogether.Earlier this month, the Trump administration approved… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Back California Over Trump on Car Emissions

moved on from smog control to climate protection, setting high fuel-efficiency standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions. And although the EPA under George W. Bush resisted granting a waiver for these… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Executive Order Won't Save Coal Mining Jobs

emits the most carbon for each unit of energy created — and replace it with cleaner natural gas, wind or solar power.Trump will also direct EPA head Scott Pruitt to review carbon dioxide requirements… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California's Clean-Air Problem Is a Lot Bigger Than Just Trump

Schwarzenegger.Enterprises across the state, from oil wells to dairy farms, faced new restrictions. And carbon emissions fell. They totaled 445 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2010, beating the Schwarzenegger… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Interview with the new CEO of NERSA, Mr. Chris Forlee

March 27, 2017

  On Friday 24 March 2017, EE Publishers investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Mr. Chris Forlee, the new CEO of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Mr Forlee, a graduate electrical engineer by background (see CV here), assumed the position of CEO of … Continue reading “Interview with the new CEO of NERSA, Mr. Chris Forlee”

Call for papers: SAIEE smart grid conference

  The South Africa Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) will be hosting the second Smart Grid Conference at the Eskom Conference Centre, Midrand, from 19 to 21 September 2017. Participants from industry and the academia are invited to submit full papers for review. Submitted papers must not be longer than six … Continue reading “Call for papers: SAIEE smart grid conference”

Next generation wind and solar power: from cost to value

  Wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are currently the fastest-growing sources of electricity globally. In 2015, their additional annual generation met almost all incremental demand for electricity. This is the executive summary of a new report from the International Energy Agency Click here to download the full report Variable renewable … Continue reading “Next generation wind and solar power: from cost to value”

Three-phase power loggers

  Fluke’s three-phase power loggers, the 1736 and 1738, give users the data needed to make critical power quality and energy decisions in real-time. They are specifically engineered to conduct energy studies and basic power quality logging, automatically capturing and logging over 500 power quality parameters for more visibility into the … Continue reading “Three-phase power loggers”

Lab update gives faster sample results

  WearCheck recently invested more than R1,7-million in new high-tech equipment in the transformer and fuel sections of their speciality laboratory. A Kruss K11 tensiometer, an ADU 5 distillation unit, a SVM3001 Stabinger viscometer as well as a PMA 5 Pensky-Martens closed-cup flash point tester are among the new pieces gracing the countertops … Continue reading “Lab update gives faster sample results”

At the annual solar and water show

  Terrapin will host the Solar Show Africa (and the Water Show Africa) at Sandton Convention Centre. ABB is the title sponsor for both these events, and will be exhibiting some of its leading innovations in electricity and automation products and solutions. For the past 19 years, the Solar Show and the … Continue reading “At the annual solar and water show”

Substation to enhance power grid

  ABB recently announced that it has won an order from Bechtel Infrastructure and Power to provide a turnkey substation solution. The substation will integrate electricity generated by the Cricket Valley Energy Station, a new combined cycle natural gas-fueled power plant located in Dover. It will add more than 1100 MW of … Continue reading “Substation to enhance power grid”

Switchgear recently commissioned

  A group of engineers and technicians gathered at the base of a NOJA Power OSM recloser installation to commission the company’s first reclosers in the US state of Pennsylvania. Among them were representatives of the local municipality, the local engineering consultants, the local contractors, and delegates from the recloser … Continue reading “Switchgear recently commissioned”

Celebrating conference winners

  Local Excellence Awards for 2016 were presented at the recent Connect Alliance Partner Conference. The awards were announced at a ceremony held during a gala dinner at the Riverside Sun Hotel in Vanderbijlpark. The awards recognise system integration companies within Schneider Electric’s network of alliance partners which continue to excel in … Continue reading “Celebrating conference winners”

Trump to Begin Reversing Obama-Era Cutbacks in Carbon Dioxide

order on Tuesday that begins dismantling a rule under former President Barack Obama that slashed carbon dioxide emissions and discouraged coal-fired electricity, U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Said to Issue Far-Reaching Reversal of Obama Climate Push

the social cost of carbon metric served as the linchpin for many Obama administration environmental rules. Critics say the number — now nearly $40 for every metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted into… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Halve carbon emissions each decade to combat warming: study

March 25, 2017

… euro per tonne of carbon emissions By Alister Doyle OSLO, March 23… framework to halve the world’s carbon dioxide emissions every decade… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

U.S. Joins 'Constructive' G-20 Climate Meeting, Germany Says

said in its statement. The climate treaty offers “manifold chances to modernize economies, boost competitiveness and create jobs and growth.”Economic PushThe climate plan presented by Germany emphasizes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Deepens Rift With Trump, Keeps Cleaner-Car Rules

has said he will review the state’s legal authority to enforce its own limits on pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.Myron Ebell, the former head of Trump’s EPA transition team, told Bloomberg… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Administration to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

in Paris. He echoed the argument of environmental groups that Keystone would encourage use of carbon-heavy tar sands oil, contributing heavily to global warming. Relying mostly on the same information… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. Shale to Feed European Gas Market Battered by Winter

home in Europe once most other markets are filled up,” Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London, said by email. “There should be lots of gas as three trains… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Prepare for increased electricity tariffs

March 24, 2017

  South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy. Cala van der Westhuizen Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According … Continue reading “Prepare for increased electricity tariffs”

The sun shines on Africa

  Research suggests that by tapping into renewable resources, there would be a 27% reduction in carbon emissions, from 695 Mt/y in 2016 to 507 Mt/y by 2040, and a reduction in fuel costs due to the reliance on solar (and wind) instead of oil and gas.   Dinesh Buldoo … Continue reading “The sun shines on Africa”

Global hydropower market to reach $86-billion

  The global hydropower market is set to increase from $70,9-billion in 2017 to $86,2-billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate of 2,5%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. Policy support and environmental concerns for clean energy generation are important factors driving the global hydropower market. The … Continue reading “Global hydropower market to reach $86-billion”

At Stanford, Older Professionals Get a Chance to Hit the Books Again

now a fellow at the Center on Longevity.Jotwani, the HP retiree, studied renewable energy, climate change, social venture management, and art history. He’s currently mentoring social venture entrepreneurs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Californians Snub Free EVs, Carmakers Say in Pushback on Mandate

strip California of its authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to make its own clean-air and carbon emissions rules. CARB staff in a report earlier this year said California state may stop coordinating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Millennials Buy Smaller, Towable Winnebago and Airstream RVs

fiberglass version of the company’s famous shiny, riveted shell. The true Spartans are bolting $5,000 carbon-fiber tents to the roof of their car. It’s just like camping, without the snakes.Instagram: Instagram… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe's Nuclear Monopoly Pivots to China

March 23, 2017

December 2015 Paris climate accord helped Urenco’s business because “the world isn’t going to meet carbon dioxide” reduction goals without nuclear power.Haeberle said he’s working with Urenco shareholders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In Coal Country, States Feel Emboldened to Cut Energy Efficiency

federal funding for the conservation programs, and rollback regulations designed to control greenhouse gas emissions. In the heart of coal country, Trump’s initiatives are fueling efforts to strip regulations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla, Flywheels in Clean Energy Race

for energy storage forecast to grow to $150 billion, Verschuren said.Trump’s skepticism of climate change and sustainable energy projects doesn’t worry her, Verschuren said. “The horses are out of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Words Could Jeopardize His Environmental Rollbacks, Too

called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese in a 2012 tweet. And he vowed to repeal carbon rules for power plants as part of a broader effort to reverse environmental regulation and save… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Geo-tech evangelist to headline at SA GeoTech 2017

March 22, 2017

  Geoff Zeiss Geo-tech evangelist, Geoff Zeiss, has agreed to keynote at SA GeoTech 2017 which takes place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Zeiss is recognised for his efforts to promote geospatial in vertical industries such as utilities and construction. He has more than 20 … Continue reading “Geo-tech evangelist to headline at SA GeoTech 2017”

The future of electricity: New technologies transforming the grid edge

  The electricity system is in the midst of a transformation, as technology and innovation disrupt traditional models from generation to beyond the meter. Three trends in particular are converging to produce game-changing disruptions: the electrification of large sectors of the economy such as transport and heating, decentralisation, spurred by … Continue reading “The future of electricity: New technologies transforming the grid edge”

Eskom blows R311-million

  Lynne Brown City Press reports that Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, is demanding answers from Eskom’s chairperson, Ben Ngubane, its board and acting CEO Matshela Koko about R310,8-million that was irregularly spent on an unapproved project. Brown, according to a letter obtained by City Press, expresses a … Continue reading “Eskom blows R311-million”

Majuba power station coal silos rebuilt

  Eskom has announced that the construction of a permanent coal-handling solution for the Majuba power station has been completed, including the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of Silos 10 and 30, lift shaft, two piers and the coal conveyor system. On 1 November 2014 the wall of Coal … Continue reading “Majuba power station coal silos rebuilt”

Repairs of pump station’s hybrid AC motor

  LH Marthinusen recently completed a complex repair operation on a hybrid integrated AC motor unit used to drive a large pump in a South African pump station. The 1150 kW unit, one among several identical electro-mechanical units deployed at the pump station, was brought into the company’s main repair facility … Continue reading “Repairs of pump station’s hybrid AC motor”

Cigré updates vision and mission

  Rob Stephen Cigré has been looking at a number of action items which will benefit its members and stakeholders. To this end, Rob Stephen, the international president of Cigré, has announced that the organisation has agreed on updated mission and vision statements which he says should be used consistently across all … Continue reading “Cigré updates vision and mission”

Adani's $16.5 Billion Coal Mine in Australia Faces Fresh Wave of Protests

Queensland — has ignited protests from green groups concerned the development will increase carbon pollution and endanger the health of the Great Barrier Reef marine park in northern Queensland… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Consumers Would Be $3.9 Billion 'Losers' From Nuclear Subsidies

Tuesday.Propping up nuclear reactors preserves jobs and power plants that emit no heat-trapping carbon dioxide, according to proponents including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers in Illinois… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What’s This Supreme Court `Chevron Doctrine'?: QuickTake Q&A

President Donald Trump has signaled he’d like to undo regulations on methane leaks from oil wells, carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and water pollution. In addition to environmental rules,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

More Extreme Weather Coming After Record 2016 Heat, WMO Says

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Provisional data indicates that the rising rate of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has not eased, the WMO said. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Paris Accord Could Make the World $19 Trillion Richer

March 20, 2017

in accordance with the landmark Paris Agreement on global warming.Germany commissioned the report in preparation for energy and climate talks among the Group of 20 economies over the coming months… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Getting wind and sun onto the grid

  Wind and solar PV capacity has grown very rapidly in many countries, thanks to supportive policy, and dramatic falls in technology cost. By the end of 2015, these technologies – collectively referred to as variable renewable energy (VRE) – had reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten … Continue reading “Getting wind and sun onto the grid”

Is Eskom defying the president?

  Brenda Martin Signs are already emerging that Eskom will drag its feet wherever possible to resist signing outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable producers. In a state of the nation address heavily focused on economic growth and transformation, the president stated last week that Eskom will sign the outstanding … Continue reading “Is Eskom defying the president?”

SAPVIA: New quality assurance standard

  A new industry standard known as the PV GreenCard aims to make rooftop solar panel installation safer. According to SAPVIA CEO, Mike Levington, up until now there was no industry-wide, standardised PV licensing system or registration process, so the association developed the PV GreenCard as a means to promote … Continue reading “SAPVIA: New quality assurance standard”

Identifying top challenges in African power

  Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference advisory board members and top executives have launched a series of African roadshows to consult power sector policymakers and industry leaders on the most pressing issues in African power provision today. The roadshow will visit various countries across sub-Saharan Africa and aims to support … Continue reading “Identifying top challenges in African power”

Energy carbon emissions in 2016 flat for third year: IEA

March 18, 2017

… energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flat in 2016 yet more needs… Director Fatih Birol said in a statement. Carbon dioxide emissions fell… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

G-20 Drops Anti-Protectionist Pledge as Price of U.S. Assent

reference to climate change, in the face of resistance from countries including the U.S., China, India and Saudi Arabia.Economic CooperationAs the end of the day approached, G-20 host Germany found… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

G-20 Finds Trade, Climate Change Negotiations Tough

The Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers is underway in Baden-Baden, Germany. Bloomberg’s Michael McKee highlights… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

G-20 Finance Chiefs Said to Drop Climate Reference in Document

ministers from the world’s biggest economies dropped a reference to climate change in a draft of their statement at a Group of 20 meeting, frustrating plans by Germany to devote a section to the topic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China Leads Trade Push Against U.S. as Mnuchin Engages With G-20

to using that terminology, according to a G-20 official who asked not to be named.Canada has advocated for expanded trade to drive growth, but Finance Minister William Morneau referred to “fair… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How to Sell Conservatives on the Environment

— recently unveiled a proposal to give tax breaks to companies that produce energy with zero carbon dioxide emissions. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum fights utilities’ attempts to block… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Can't Stop Cars From Getting More Energy-Efficient

March 17, 2017

transmissions. What’s interesting is that many of the engineering improvements are driven by performance as much as environmental concerns. Mercedes engineers didn’t put two turbos in their latest racecar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Satellites Are One Thing Trump Didn't Cut From Weather Budget

the Department of Commerce with 12,000 employees, NOAA’s charge is watching the oceans, the climate, the sun and the weather. Satellites are its eyes — gathering data on everything from gravity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Germany Treads Carefully Toward Climate Confrontation With Trump

support “will transform corporate governance, and will shift trillions in investment toward the low carbon economy,” Bakker said in an emailed statement.Fine LineThe G-20 climate plan comes as Trump follows… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Seeks to Cut State Department, UN for ‘America First’

protect.The administration also would eliminate payments to the Global Climate Change Initiative and end payments to UN climate change programs. It would scrap the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Prince Charles Turns to Chocolate to Tackle Deforestation

environmental push has a sweeter taste.The heir to the British throne, known for disclosing his carbon footprint, is turning to chocolate to help protect the world’s forests. In a meeting Thursday… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

To Protect Climate Money, Obama Stashed It Where It’s Hard to Find

March 16, 2017

been called anything but climate-related.Read more: Trump Said to Drop Climate Change From Environmental ReviewsThe last time the Congressional Research Service estimated total federal spending on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Cities Shop for $10 Billion of Electric Cars to Defy Trump

them. Plus, some cities are asking about vehicles that don’t exist yet, such as electric fire engines and heavy-duty trucks.The initiative could move the market nonetheless, said Colin McKerracher… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Green Power Policies Aren't Raising Prices, Watchdog Says

Almost half the U.K.’s power generation came from low carbon sources in 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The country’s carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by 38 percent since 1990… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Dark Secret Behind India's Solar Plan

Jarnail Singh, India director at The Climate Group, a London-based organization promoting low-carbon solutions. ”This is because there is no maintenance of equipment after installation.”Maoist GuerrillasAs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Budget Proposal Would Slice EPA Spending by Nearly a Third

President Barack Obama built across the federal government to combat climate change and promote low-carbon energy production. It coincides with other planned policy changes to blunt the influence climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tech Busts, Climate Change and Facing Facts

March 15, 2017

Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge (ProPublica)What are you reading?Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Rises at Record RateSource: Washington PostWant to receive our daily reads… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Republicans Break Ranks With Pledge to Fight Climate Change

month’s contribution to Washington’s constant climate background hum. It follows February’s splashy carbon tax-and-rebate announcement, developed by a group called Climate Leadership Council and endorsed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Efficiency improvement of coal-fired power stations

  Coal-fired power stations (CFPS) are going to be around for many years to come. In addition to existing stations, new CFPS are being built at a steady rate. Much benefit can be gained from improving efficiency, such as using less coal per unit of energy, and emitting less CO2 … Continue reading “Efficiency improvement of coal-fired power stations”

Necsa wins court case against Earthlife Africa

  The environmental activist organisation Earthlife Africa lost a court action against South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to stop the construction and use of a small nuclear waste smelter. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria’s Judge Pierre Rabie dismissed Earthlife Africa’s application to set aside the authorisation for … Continue reading “Necsa wins court case against Earthlife Africa”

The hearing of SA’s first climate change case

  In South Africa’s first climate change court case, non-profit environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, presented arguments to the North Gauteng High Court why the Minister of Environmental Affairs’ decision to uphold the environmental authorisation for the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power … Continue reading “The hearing of SA’s first climate change case”

Dismantling nuclear facilities at Cadarache

  Areva has completed clean-up and dismantling operations on the facilities belonging to the former mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication plant in Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône). Around 60 emptied process areas have been handed back to the CEA, which is the operator of the nuclear site. The project is one of the … Continue reading “Dismantling nuclear facilities at Cadarache”

Acquisition boosts steam and combustion offering

  From left: Jonathan Probert, Jean le Roux, Sue Kiley and Gordon Slater Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, has announced its acquisition of refurbished coal, oil and gas-fired packaged steam boiler suppliers, Dryden Combustion. This acquisition … Continue reading “Acquisition boosts steam and combustion offering”

Multi-voltage DC transducers

  VTD-BD series voltage transducers are high-performance transducers for sensing voltage in DC powered installations. Applicable for use on circuits to 600 V DC, VTD-BD voltage transducers provide a fully isolated +/-5 V DC or +/-10 V DC output signal in response to DC voltages that change polarity. Housed in … Continue reading “Multi-voltage DC transducers”

Don't Just Roll Back Back Fuel Standards. End Them.

House and Congress. The CAFE rules are a terrible way to achieve either fuel savings or lower carbon emissions.For starters, measuring miles per gallon is a misleading way to think about fuel efficiency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says

will compel a reconsideration of the government’s use of a metric known as the “social cost of carbon” that reflects the potential economic damage from climate change. It was used by the Obama administration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Google's Schmidt Flags Promise in New Goodenough Battery

Environmental Science.Energy storage is seen as the missing link in the world’s transition to a zero-carbon economy. Batteries can fill power gaps from intermittent solar and wind energy. Companies including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engie Is Tilting at Windmills Over Innogy

They’re mostly regulated with predictable profit which would help Engie pivot more toward low-carbon energy (its innovation chief says oil prices might drop to $10). But that’s exactly it. Innogy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Joint venture a boost for energy in South Africa

  EOH Industrial Technologies and STEAG Energy Services of Germany have entered into a strategic joint venture to bring expertise to the energy sector in South Africa. The joint venture, called STEAG EOH Energy Services South Africa, combines international expertise and experience with local skills to ensure the efficient operation of power … Continue reading “Joint venture a boost for energy in South Africa”

Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix

March 14, 2017

  Renewable energy falls short of being a base load power source in South Africa, suggests a researcher. Ben Heard, director of Bright New World organisation and PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide, has conducted research to dispute the claims by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) … Continue reading “Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix”

Big Oil on Climate Change: Disagreeing With The EPA

Among other things, carbon dioxide contributes enormously to cognitive dissonance.Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, demonstrated as much last week when he expressed doubts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

To Take on Tesla, Sweden's NorthVolt Seeks $1 Billion Next Year

to go electric.”Energy storage is seen as the missing link in the world’s transition to a zero-carbon economy. Batteries can fill power gaps from intermittent solar and wind energy. Lithium-ion packs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power developments in Africa, March 2017

  Karthala geothermal project The Karthala geothermal project on the Comoros Islands off the coast of Africa is moving on to its exploration drilling programme. The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility, the Global Environment Facility, and the government of New Zealand have provided $18-million to start the drilling phase of the … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, March 2017”

New Shades of Green Bonds Seen as Market Set to Double Again

March 12, 2017

quantify a green bond’s transparency, governance and contribution to mitigation or adaptation to climate change. S&P is planning to introduce it in the first quarter.Two green bond exchange-traded funds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty in U.S. Emissions-Cheating Scandal

March 11, 2017

with Heinz-Jacob Neusser, former head of engine development who was suspended in 2015; Richard Dorenkamp, who led the failed effort to design a diesel engine that would meet the tougher emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Germany backs plan to shore up carbon price in EU emissions push

… a plan to strengthen carbon prices, a senior official said on Tuesday… the carbon market. EU member states such as Germany, Italy, Austria and Greece… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

California carbon market sees weak demand for permits

…By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s carbon market… train. California along with its carbon market partner Quebec sold 18… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Race to Bottom on Costs May Cause Oil to Choke on Supplies

Pioneer Natural Resources Co., said prices could fall to $40 if OPEC doesn’t extend its existing agreement to cut production. Shale billionaire Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources Inc., warned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Poland challenges EU deal on carbon market reform

… carbon market reforms agreed by most European Union governments this week… from an excess supply of carbon permits which depressed prices… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

The High Cost of Rolling Back Fuel Standards

people are expected to save a whopping $20.5 billion annually. On net, the annual benefit to consumers is more than $14 billion.Putting climate change entirely to one side, you’ll also find big… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Jobs day, Park out, oil moves, what people are talking about

the ECB exit. Digital era kills paper use; adult incontinence fuels growth.G-20 poised to signal retreat from climate–change funding pledge.How to become an international gold smuggler. (Corrects… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Maltese presidency: 'We have general approach' on carbon market reform

… of the carbon market on which member states will vote on Tuesday… the carbon price by doubling the rate at which the scheme’s Market Stability… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Musk Bets He Can Fix Aussie Power Woes in 100 Days or It’s Free

power in 2013 under then-leader Tony Abbott, the coalition government has dismantled a levy on carbon emissions and cut targets for how much energy it aims to draw from wind and solar generation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Electric Car Rush Started Too Early

population lives, the energy mix used in power generation makes sure an EV leaves about as much of a carbon footprint as a gasoline-powered car. In most of Europe, it’s about as “green” as a non-plug-in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Alaska’s Big Problem With Warmer Winters

Trump named to head the Environmental Protection Agency, said this week that he does not believe carbon dioxide is the main cause of climate change—defying decades of scientific research, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Smart grid, biomass and storage discussed at energy talk

March 10, 2017

  Alf Hartzenburg Between 2010 and 2015, the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project assisted industrial companies to reduce energy use by 1220 GWh, saving participating companies some R1,7-billion in energy costs. Now in its second phase (2016 – 2019), the project, which is implemented by the National Cleaner Production Centre, … Continue reading “Smart grid, biomass and storage discussed at energy talk”

G-20 Poised to Signal Retreat From Climate-Change Funding Pledge

leaders of G-20 nations have expressed strong support for combating climate change and upholding the Paris accord since Trump’s election, including China and the U.K. The annual summit of G-20 heads of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Discounts Carbon’s Role in Warming Planet

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said he does not believe carbon dioxide is the main cause of climate change, and pledged to listen to industries’ concerns before… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Full Show: Bloomberg Technology (03/09)

“Bloomberg Technology.” Guests include: Jerry Chen, a partner at Greylock Partners, Eric O’Neill, Carbon Black national security strategist, Ali Mogharabi, a Morningstar analyst, and Les Otten, American… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Heads for Cleaner Future With Sale of Polluting Oil Sands

oil company not just to survive lower crude prices, but also to endure the transition to a low-carbon world. His record acquisition of BG Group Plc has given him gas deposits from Kazakhstan to Australia… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tillerson Recuses Himself From Keystone XL Pipeline Review

Canada, which President Barack Obama had rejected over environmental concerns linked to high carbon emissions from Alberta oil sands production. Exxon has extensive business in Canada, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau Walks a Thin Tightrope Between Fossil Fuels, Renewables

noted both his government’s approval of new pipelines and the country’s plan to put a price on carbon. And he focused throughout on the economic and historical trade connections between the U.S. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Cuts Debt With $7.25 Billion Sale of Canada Oil Sands

Scotford upgrader, which converts heavy oil to lighter liquids for easier transport, and the Quest carbon capture and storage project.The deal puts the Anglo-Dutch producer almost two-thirds of the way… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

South Africa’s future energy mix: what should we expect?

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) held a one-day dialogue event at the Sandton Convention Centre recently to discuss the most suitable forms of electricity generation for South Africa in the light of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recently released draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Five presentations were … Continue reading “South Africa’s future energy mix: what should we expect?”

City Power to transfer all small energy users to pre-paid meters

  Speaking at a recent meeting of the Highveld branch of the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities (AMEU), Nomalungelo Mbewu, the general manager for strategy at Johannesburg’s City Power, said that the company intends to have all electricity customers who use less than 1000 kWh/month on prepaid meters, while those … Continue reading “City Power to transfer all small energy users to pre-paid meters”

Report from AMEU executive

  Vally Padayachee, the AMEU’s strategic advisor, presented a report from the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities (AMEU) executive meeting which took place in Hogsback recently. The meeting held with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) resulted in municipalities having to rethink their electricity supply business models in the … Continue reading “Report from AMEU executive”

Flywheel storage makes a comeback in a new guise

  Flywheel energy storage units, based on high speed units operating in a vacuum, has normally been used as bridging storage for standby plant, typically in server farms and other sites which require no-break standby energy. The technology has gone through the doldrums but has recently found new life as … Continue reading “Flywheel storage makes a comeback in a new guise”

Energy management systems save money

  Energy management systems (EMSs) reduce energy bills by taking the various tariff times into account and optimising the energy consumption of a plant or building. LBA’s Stellar EMS monitors the energy consumption continuously and regulate outputs according to easily definable rules. Certain hours of the day have large penalty … Continue reading “Energy management systems save money”

Building network resilience through automation

March 9, 2017

Creating reliable access to electricity for millions of homes and businesses and addressing the energy generation shortfall remain, without a doubt, the biggest challenges facing the energy sector across Africa. Across the continent, business and domestic demand is rising rapidly, as a result of connection projects, population growth, urbanisation and … Continue reading “Building network resilience through automation”

Highlighting geo-intelligence and geo-technologies

  Registrations for the SA GeoTech 2017 conference and exhibition are now open and delegates from across the economic spectrum are invited to attend. SA GeoTech 2017 is a platform for showcasing geo-intelligence technologies, tools, skills and services, and takes place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at Emperors Palace … Continue reading “Highlighting geo-intelligence and geo-technologies”

EPA Defies Automakers by Keeping Fuel Standards Intact

determination Friday reaffirming its earlier finding that no major changes are necessary in greenhouse gas standards for cars and light-duty trucks. The move, completed just days before Obama leaves… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Trump Said to Pick Attorney McIntyre to Lead Energy Agency

coordinate attacks against Obama’s Clean Power Plan that requires electricity generators to cut carbon-dioxide emissions. Before joining McConnell’s office, he worked for the National Rural Electric… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Beijing's Still Years Away From Blue Skies

about 2.3 percentage points to 14.3 percent, the government said last year.The world’s biggest carbon emitter, China has said it plans to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($362 billion) in renewable energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Novo Seen Missing Target of 40 Million Diabetics Treated by 2020

March 8, 2017

excluded North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea — would predominantly drive the growth in the number of patients it reaches, Novo said at that time.Novo provided treatments to about 28 million… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Trump Would Want to Slow Tough Fuel Standards: QuickTake Q&A

to stricter targets for fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. Eight days before he left office, his administration sought to lock in the carbon targets for 2025, which have had automakers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eight Fossil Fuel Majors Seen Polluting as Much as the U.S.

didn’t have an immediate comment.“BP is playing its part by calling for a price on carbon, providing lower-carbon products including natural gas and renewables, pursuing energy efficiency and supporting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Call for papers: SARPA 21st annual convention

  The Southern Africa Revenue Protection Association (SARPA) will be holding its 21st annual convention from 24 to 25 August 2017 at the Eskom Convention Centre in Midrand. Revenue protection service providers have always played a significant role in equipping our members. This convention aims to share information and knowledge between … Continue reading “Call for papers: SARPA 21st annual convention”

Industry stalwart honoured for his contribution

  During the EE Publishers Client Lunch and 25th Birthday Celebrations hosted at the Avianto Conference and Convention Centre in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, on 3 March 2017, a gift and a cheque to the value of R17 753 were presented to Bill Graham of Graham, Golding and Associates, as a gesture of appreciation … Continue reading “Industry stalwart honoured for his contribution”

Company opens regional office

  Energy Partners Home Solutions recently introduced its newly established Gauteng Division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg. The company was launched in Cape Town last year and has a proven record of reducing electricity costs for homeowners. It has fast become one of the leading residential and small commercial energy … Continue reading “Company opens regional office”

Global carbon emissions flatline

  Global carbon emissions caused by energy production remained steady in 2015 and posted the lowest growth in the past 25 years excluding 2009, when there was a decline in the aftermath of the economic crisis, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that this stall … Continue reading “Global carbon emissions flatline”

Three-phase power quality analyser

  Megger now offers a handheld, three-phase power quality analyser that makes power quality analysis easier and more efficient.  The MPQ1000 is Class A, and is rated CATIV at 600 V. It can be used for a wide variety of applications including substation monitoring, equipment and breaker tripping, load studies … Continue reading “Three-phase power quality analyser”

GenIII+ nuclear reactor starts commercial operation

  On 27 February a Generation III+ VVER-1200 nuclear reactor was put into commercial operation at the Russian Novovoronezh nuclear power plant. Under the control of Rosatom control, this new reactor broke is now the most powerful nuclear unit in operation in the country. The Russian Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service had previously … Continue reading “GenIII+ nuclear reactor starts commercial operation”

Urban battery storage solution

  ABB recently announced the successful commissioning of Denmark’s first urban energy storage system. The lithium-ion based battery energy storage system (BESS) will be integrated with the local electricity grid in the new harbour district of Nordhavn, Copenhagen. The system has been commissioned for Radius, DONG Energy’s electrical grid division. The … Continue reading “Urban battery storage solution”

Dakota Access Firm Triumphs Over Tribe’s Challenge to Pipeline

commitment to conduct an environmental impact review. No hearing date has been set as yet.Oil FlowStanding Rock’s attorney Jan Hasselman called the decision to scrap the environmental assessment “outrageous… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Bentley's First-Ever, Electric Concept Car Is a Luxury Fever Dream

said during an interview in Geneva. “Do we need it? Or are we okay to still have combustion engines and hybrids, that’s it? This is what we want to find out.“We want to send a clear message: ‘If… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Why Some Scientists Won't March for Science

he’ll at least appoint a new science advisor. So far, he’s chosen non-scientists to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, and the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Republican Climate Change Solution

Leadership Council CEO Ted Halstead appears on Bloomberg North to explain how they’re pushing for a carbon tax they say can boost the economy while slashing emissions. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

French Voters Worry More About Climate Change Than EU Neighbors

oppose increasing taxes on fossil fuels. The government last year dropped plans to introduce a carbon tax.Nuclear RelianceWeaning the country of nuclear energy may be a popular move. Currently, about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tanker's U-Turn Shows How Shale Boom Is Changing World Gas Trade

GlutDrilling technologies such as hydraulic fracturing have made it profitable to tap vast resources of carbon fuels trapped in rock thousands of feet below the surface. The results: A natural gas supply… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Republicans – Defining the “right” climate course

March 7, 2017

The Carbon Chronicle, 1 March, 2017. Earlier this month, a group of prominent Republicans – elder statesmen and not current legislators or government heads – unveiled a carbon pricing plan to deal with rising greenhouse gas emissions and climate change that they say regulators could use in place of the … Continue reading “Republicans – Defining the “right” climate course”

Cheakamus forest in British Columbia and carbon revenue

The Carbon Chronicle, 1 March, 2017. Prior to 2009, industry was chopping the mountain hemlock, fir, yellow cedar and white pine trees in the Cheakamus forest in British Columbia at a rate of 200 hectares per year. But then eight years ago, the Municipality of Whistler and the First Nations … Continue reading “Cheakamus forest in British Columbia and carbon revenue”

EU says to beef up climate diplomacy to save Paris agreement

… in the face of a possible U.S. exit from the Paris agreement. U.S… an aggressive outreach so that the Paris Agreement be implemented and saved… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

IEA Sees Oil Investment Revival After a Two-Year Rout

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia headed an agreement among 24 oil producers last year to clear a global glut, spurring a 20 percent rally in crude prices. Before that decision, OPEC… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump Travel Ban Comes Just as World Oil Execs Meet in Texas

the potential introduction of a tax on carbon-dioxide emissions as positive for the industry.“For the first time there’s a very serious discussion about carbon tax,” said Stead, who will retire at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BMW Makes a Short-Term Bet on Boring

combined a 3-cylinder gasoline engine with plug-in hybrid technology in a light-weight body made of carbon fiber that was mass produced at a special facility in Washington state.All carmakers are currently… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

London's Toxic Smog Triggers Business Action Against Illegal Air

Europe. Drivers were encouraged to switch from gasoline, as diesel has more range and emits less carbon dioxide. But emissions from the fuel are between eight and 10 times more toxic, according to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Saudi Aramco IPO: Stay Out Of The Sun

of producing fossil fuels, this has the added dimension of having some sort of hedge against a carbon-constrained world.Which is fine, but let’s be serious. Saudi Aramco produces more than one of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear power in Vietnam: challenges and alternatives

March 6, 2017

  This article provides information regarding different issues which need to be carefully considered in various steps of nuclear power development, from the planning phase to the dismantling and waste treatment. It is based on scientific information and experiences from Germany, Japan and South Africa. Recommendations proposed here are consolidated … Continue reading “Nuclear power in Vietnam: challenges and alternatives”

Vietnam cancels nuclear reactor deal: a lesson for South Africa

  Vietnam recently announced that it would be cancelling its contract to buy two nuclear reactors from Rosatom, the Russian nuclear vendor. The decision was subsequently ratified by the Vietnamese National Assembly in Hanoi. The vice-chair of the parliamentary committee on science, technology and environment, Le Hong Tinh, has stated … Continue reading “Vietnam cancels nuclear reactor deal: a lesson for South Africa”

Referendum result is pro-science and pro-climate

  The Swiss public has voted in favour of letting the country’s fleet of nuclear power reactors operate for longer than 45 years. This shows that Swiss people trust expert safety authorities, and that they hold climate and energy security concerns as more important than radiation fears. Agneta Rising, the director … Continue reading “Referendum result is pro-science and pro-climate”

Saudi Aramco's Green Energy Push Seen Widening Appeal of IPO

Dutch Shell Plc have responded to that pressure, releasing ESG data about everything from their carbon emissions to how many women they employ in senior posts. In 2014, 75 percent of those listed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Linear Fresnel systems: the future for CSP?

  Concentrated solar power systems have until recently focused on bulk electricity production, with the main focus on solar towers and trough type collectors. Recent developments have focused on smaller units to supplement thermal power stations and to provide heat for industrial processes. Collectors based on the linear Fresnel reflector … Continue reading “Linear Fresnel systems: the future for CSP?”

Merkel to Meet Trump March 14 as Nations Face Biggest Test in Decades

March 4, 2017

European leaders include a U.S. shift toward protectionism and differences over NATO, Russia and climate change.Merkel met Vice President Mike Pence at a security conference in Munich two weeks ago in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Plans Reconsideration of Auto-Emission Standards

vehicle standards be maintained.“EPA’s clean car standards are driving unprecedented reductions in carbon pollution and saving drivers money at the pump,” Natural Resources Defense Council President… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Consol Energy Mines the Trump Rally to Exit Coal While It Can

forward.Importantly, Deiuliis also acknowledged that a relaxation of regulations on mining and carbon emissions under the Trump administration would help coal. But not enough to persuade Consol to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Energy Policies Will Weaken Natural Gas Prices

and other respiratory and lung diseases brought on by air pollution. Gas emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal, and 30 percent less than oil.The next challenge is Iran, which is on a direct… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Marshall Islands first to ratify global HFC greenhouse gas pact

March 3, 2017

… greenhouse gases, saying the survival of the nation was at risk from climate… that man-made greenhouse gases stoke warming. “My country… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Carbon Price Has Transitory Inflation Impact, Bank of Canada Says

temporary inflationary impacts of carbon pricing, though moving to a low-carbon economy could have monetary policy implications down the line. “The introduction of carbon pricing itself will have a transitory… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Perry Confirmed to Lead an Energy Department at Crossroads

of around $30 billion. It’s work ranges from nuclear weapons safeguarding to the research into carbon-capture technology to maintaining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Under President Barack Obama… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

UN Climate Chief's Request to Meet Tillerson Goes Unanswered

served as chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., and his successor last week called for a carbon tax to discourage the use of polluting fuels.‘Climate Threat’Environmentalists expressed disappointment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Adjustment the budget review welcomed

March 2, 2017

  SAPVIA says it welcomes the work done by Treasury over the last few months around the recalculation of the contingent liabilities attributed to renewable energy IPPs which it says has been misrepresented to the public by Eskom. The renewable energy industry has engaged with Treasury officials over the last few … Continue reading “Adjustment the budget review welcomed”

NERSA decides on Eskom’s allowable revenues

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), at its meeting on 23 February 2017, confirmed Eskom’s allowable revenue of R205 214-million for the last year of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3) period (2017/18 financial year). The allowed revenue will result in percentage increase of 2,2% due to … Continue reading “NERSA decides on Eskom’s allowable revenues”

Charging stations for electric vehicles available in SA

  Schneider Electric has introduced its range of EVlink commercial charging stations for electric vehicles, to the South African market. The company’s charging stations will enable owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars when they are away from home. As more car manufacturers introduce full electric and hybrid engine cars … Continue reading “Charging stations for electric vehicles available in SA”

Renewable energy lights up southern Africa

  ePower Holdings is looking to partner with like-minded investors in the energy sector who are committed to creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in the rural markets of South Africa and the rest of Africa. As a specialty provider and integrator of renewable energy systems designed for developing communities, the company has positioned itself … Continue reading “Renewable energy lights up southern Africa”

Major growth sees company boost workforce

  Steady growth in most of its business units, combined with a concerted effort to improve its customer service resulted in Skyriders Access Specialists increasing its staff complement by 30% in 2016. The increase in workers is an indication of sustained growth at the rope-access specialist, which still derives 75% of its … Continue reading “Major growth sees company boost workforce”

Grid software for renewables developed

  ABB announced today it has invested in Enbala Power Networks, a leading developer of software for managing power distribution networks. Today’s grid operators require digital solutions to deal with challenges posed by the increasing amount of intermittent renewable and distributed energy sources being integrated into the grid. This is driven … Continue reading “Grid software for renewables developed”

EU Carbon Permits Jump After Ministers Agree on Market Overhaul

European Union emission allowances climbed to the highest in almost two months and trading surged after environment ministers agreed on a carbon-market overhaul aimed at reducing a glut and boosting prices from 2019. The proposal includes doubling the rate at which a mooted reserve would absorb surplus emission allowances from … Continue reading “EU Carbon Permits Jump After Ministers Agree on Market Overhaul”

Trump's New Interior Chief Gets Confirmed, and Focuses on Energy Exploration

ideas for overhauling the way the U.S. sells coal on federal land, including proposals to embed carbon costs into leases and require companies pay into funds to help out-of-work miners.At a confirmation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump May Ground Flying Wind Turbines That Soared Under Obama

regulate body temperature. None are sure bets, and the program has had its share of failures. A carbon capture technique using enzymes was cancelled.Now the program itself is at risk of cancellation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Well-positioned as a partner in IPPPP

March 1, 2017

  Renewable energy, including wind and solar, benefits South Africa significantly. The country’s 2010 Integrated Resource Plan calls for the generation capacity of 17 800 MW from renewable energy sources by 2030. South Africa’s energy market has been extremely active and the Department of Energy, through the Independent Power Producers … Continue reading “Well-positioned as a partner in IPPPP”

Trump Orders Regulators to Rescind Obama Water Pollution Rule

nationwide.Trump signed a directive on Tuesday compelling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Trump called the rule… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Sioux Tribe Puts ‘Black Snake Prophecy’ at Center of Dakota Pipeline Battle

the inception of the lawsuit last year, “we would still be here today.”The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last year put the project on hold after Boasberg denied an initial bid to block construction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Vitol in Joint Venture to Build Battery Storage Systems in U.K.

Units of the commodities trader Vitol Group and the renewables investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. said they’d invest 250 million pounds ($311 million) to develop energy storage and distributed power-generation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Specialised energy mission to Zambia

February 28, 2017

  A South African energy sector trade and business delegation, led by Trade Invest Africa and the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC), completed a successful trip to Zambia recently. A representative from the Zambia Development Agency said he was impressed by the companies from the South African energy sector. Representatives from … Continue reading “Specialised energy mission to Zambia”

India minister blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

… climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people…, it is climate change,” he said. The minister’s comments affirm warnings from… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Obama Issues Plan to Shake Up Coal Leases, May Restrict Trump

government coal leasing is more efficient, better protects the air and water, accounts for greenhouse gas emissions and ensures a fair return to U.S. taxpayers that own the resource. Several possible… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Hindenburg Memories Cloud Shell's Vision of Hydrogen Future

airship, hydrogen gas was contained in giant bags made of coated cotton. Toyota’s tank is made of carbon and glass fibers and lined with plastic. If gas leaked, sensors would detect it and shut down… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Shuns New Oil-Sands Projects as Low Prices Force Cost Control

stake in Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands Project, and also runs a bitumen processing plant and a carbon-capture facility. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Teens’ Lawyers Plan to Question Tillerson on His Knowledge of Climate Change

testimony, set for the day before the Jan. 20 inauguration, is being sought by lawyers representing 21 children and teenagers seeking to prove that oil and gas industry groups “have known about the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Billionaire Behind Dakota Access Pipeline 'Underestimated' the Power of Social Media

February 25, 2017

into a “mess.”Warren “underestimated the power of social media” during the standoff with environmental and Native American-rights activists, he said on a call with analysts Thursday. The Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Governor Says Dakota Access Protesters Can Leave Without Arrest

during the winter and as the fight over the pipeline moved into the courts. The Army Corps of Engineers said it needed to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding, and had ordered everyone to leave… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

EU ministers 'bracing for battle' on carbon market reform

… debate on Tuesday to find a compromise on reforms to the carbon… their economies – prompting other nations to seek limits. Thomson Reuters carbon… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Dakota Access Builder Compares Pipeline Protesters to Terrorists

stalled by the Obama administration. After President Donald Trump took office, the Army Corps of Engineers issued the final permit so the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline could be connected… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

What Supercars Cost Around the World

Lambo dealerships worldwide were greeted with silence or a non-response, minus one kind dealer in Paris. Source: Bloomberg PursuitsCadillac CT6 sticker prices around the world.Frank Wiesmann, a spokesman… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Exxon's New Chief Endorses Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change

on climate change, calling for a carbon tax to discourage use of polluting fuels.Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Darren Woods said a revenue-neutral carbon tax “would promote greater energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Peugeot Owner PSA Explores Acquisition of GM's Opel Division

about $20 billion in Europe since 1999, closed a factory in Bochum, Germany, the first auto plant to close in the country since World War II, while PSA shuttered a facility in the Paris suburb… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Canadian Inflation Surges to 2.1% in January on Gas Prices

prices, a sharp drop in those prices a year ago in January and new carbon levies. Alberta added a 4.49 Canadian cent-per-liter carbon levy on Jan. 1 and consequently reported one of the biggest increases… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

OPEC Attains Record 90% of Output Cuts as Demand Grows, IEA Says

Countries implemented 90 percent of promised output cuts in January, the first month of its agreement, as key member Saudi Arabia reduced production by even more than it had committed, the agency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.K. Should Find Cheaper Way to Tackle Climate Change, Say Lords

The U.K. government should stop intervening in power markets and better manage its carbon budgets in order to curb the cost of tackling climate change and boost energy security.That’s the conclusion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as `Flawed'

forests that absorb carbon. “The system as a whole has led to a doubling of forest cover in the USA over 50 years,” the REA said in the statement. “The fact is that biomass cuts carbon, supports forests… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Stocks Tumble as Trump Trade Concerns Spread, Oil Falls

percent.Canadian consumer prices surged in January on the back of rising gasoline prices and new carbon levies, bringing inflation to the highest in more than two years. The consumer price index advanced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

UN Climate Chief Seeks Tillerson to Keep Paris Deal Alive

last month, has threatened to pull out of it and without the world’s second-biggest producer of carbon dioxide on board, the accord will be left on life support.Asked if Trump was still committed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Urged to Do More to Tackle Impact of Heathrow Expansion

government for providing “scant details” about its efforts to rein in carbon emissions from aviation.“Mitigating the air quality, carbon and noise impacts of a new runway cannot be an afterthought,” Committee… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Extending a helping hand for those in need

February 24, 2017

  We are all aware of how much need there is in our country, but it is sometimes hard to identify how to direct a donation so that it makes the maximum difference.  On a visit to Mother of Peace, a children’s home based on a smallholding in Johannesburg, there … Continue reading “Extending a helping hand for those in need”

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange Named to Sessions’ Former Senate Seat

states that challenged then President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And even though he was recused from the investigation, Strange’s office also angered… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Engineers@Leisure: Flying my way around the world

  Making a point of piloting in every country I travel to became a hobby of mine in 2004. I have flown the skies of Canada, Australia, the US, Germany, Brazil and Austria… My hobby is flying aircraft, and I have been doing so since August 1998. The majority of … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: Flying my way around the world”

Richest South Africans Take the Pain as Gordhan Raises Taxes

sugary drinks will be implemented as soon as the necessary laws have been finalized and a revised carbon tax bill will be published by mid-year, the Treasury said.The changes mean individuals earning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Labor Pick Loves Burgers, Bikinis, and Free Markets

and rallied customers with an anti-PC snubbing of the quinoa-eating elite.From top: Nina Agdal, Paris Hilton, and Kate Upton reach out to Carl’s Jr.’s target demo.Photographer: Jeff Vespa/WireImage/Getty… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Call for nominations: SANEA/SANEDI energy awards 2017

February 23, 2017

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) invites nominations for the upcoming Energy Awards 2017 event. Individuals, companies or projects which make noteworthy contributions in the Southern African energy sector can be nominated. Please nominate according to the following award … Continue reading “Call for nominations: SANEA/SANEDI energy awards 2017”

Laser levels for efficient layout

  Fluke has launched its new, rugged Fluke laser levels designed and tested to survive a 1 m drop. The three-point laser level delivers accuracy to 6 mm at 30 m, and the continuous line lasers levels are accurate to 3 mm at 10 m. The fast settling, self-leveling gimbal gives … Continue reading “Laser levels for efficient layout”

Implementing a thermography maintenance program

  It is said that mplementing a preventive maintenance program is easier than it has been before with Fluke Connect EquipmentLog history. Developed to help Fluke customers work faster and smarter, the Connect EquipmentLog helps reduce equipment downtime and costs. Fluke Connect’s added feature, ShareLive video call, keeps the facility running … Continue reading “Implementing a thermography maintenance program”

Government supports renewable energy programme

  The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is pleased to note the presidency’s support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This globally recognised programme was the initiative of government, and it is fitting that the policy-maker’s vision can continue to be realised. Industry appreciates … Continue reading “Government supports renewable energy programme”

Trump Threatens to Undo Nafta’s Auto Alley

Trans-Pacific Partnership and made clear his desire to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.The next day Trump summoned executives from the Big Three U.S. automakers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump Climate Pivot Takes Shape in Overhaul of Federal Websites

An EPA page that answered “common questions” about global warming is gone. And reports on greenhouse gas emissions have vanished from the State Department’s Internet site.But, six days into the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

German Courting of London Banks May Falter on Tobin Tax Pledge

” while HSBC Holdings Plc CEO Stuart Gulliver said staff generating about 20 percent of London revenue may move to Paris.Banks may be “more relaxed then they should be” about the tax, Neidle said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

2017 Prius Prime Review: Are You Pious Enough?

its name because it has a larger battery than the regular Prius (more on that later), and its carbon-fiber hatchback is built in the same plant in Japan where Toyota makes the LFA supercar. It’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bold leadership on renewables sends strong message to investors

February 22, 2017

  The announcement that Eskom will sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) sends a strong message to investors that the renewable energy industry is very much open for business. Mike Levington, SAPVIA We now hope that Eskom heeds the … Continue reading “Bold leadership on renewables sends strong message to investors”

Simulation to determine motor temperature

  Large-scale electric drives are exposed to high levels of stress on start-up. Frequent starts without a sufficient interval for cooling can result in motors over-heating. Measuring the temperature of the actual rotors turning within the motor is complicated. To enable reliable measurement results to still be obtained without resorting … Continue reading “Simulation to determine motor temperature”

Substation advances solar power in Dubai

  ABB has energised a major substation that will help evacuate power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park, a key element of the vision to generate 7% of Dubai’s power from clean energy sources by 2020; 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. The 400/132 kV gas-insulated … Continue reading “Substation advances solar power in Dubai”

Dominion's Nuclear ‘Bailout’ a Do-or-Die Moment for Opponents

Environmental groups opposed to subsidies for nuclear power may be facing a do-or-die moment in Connecticut.Lawmakers there want to help Dominion Resources Inc.’s Millstone plant, a move they say… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Air France Plans to Fight Budget Rivals on Costs, Not Fares

carve out a new, lower-cost business to counter increasing pressure from rivals, marking a rare agreement with workers after years of contentious labor relations at the carrier.Flight-deck employees… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Congo Received at Least $33 Million to Approve China Mine Deal

its share in an agreement to resolve all claims against the sale in May of its 56 percent stake in the Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine to China Molybdenum Co. The agreement was also signed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Life Without Money in Detroit’s Survival Economy

“culturally appropriate” ones such as peas and collard greens—in its community garden and greenhouse, hosts cooking and canning workshops, and provides neighbors with gardening supplies.“We reward… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Battery cabinets for safe storage

February 21, 2017

  A new range of battery cabinets has been released by a power provisioning company, Powermode. These locally-manufactured units are marketed under the Q-on banner, and are suitable for applications ranging from solar PV to uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and self-consumption systems.  The safe storage of batteries is important from a … Continue reading “Battery cabinets for safe storage”

Deadline Looms for Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

permission to lay pipe under a reservoir on the Missouri River. The protest camp is on Army Corps of Engineers land nearby. The protests have been led by Native American tribes, particularly the Standing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Singapore says carbon tax likely to include oil refineries

…. Singapore said in budget proposals announced on Monday that a carbon tax… threshold that we are looking at is 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Peugeot Chief Shifts to Expansion Mode With Eye on Opel Deal

among the region’s automakers, behind Volkswagen AG. Carlos TavaresPhotographer: Philippe Petit/Paris Match via Getty ImagesThe takeover would mark Tavares’ biggest expansion after years of restructuring… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Singapore Plans Southeast Asia's First Carbon Tax by 2019

clean energy.Singapore would be the first Southeast Asian nation to put a price on carbon. Japan has a national carbon tax along with some regional emissions trading markets, and South Korea and New… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe Needs a Higher Price on Carbon

the first big market for trading carbon permits. Sadly, though, its system has failed to encourage investment in clean technology and appreciably lower carbon dioxide emissions. Until the European… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How EU Can Limit Coal’s Life for the Cost of a Pint of Beer

buoy carbon prices and Singapore said Monday it plans a carbon tax by 2019.Not ExpensiveDistributing the revenue from permit sales to industry and consumers bearing the brunt of higher carbon costs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore's 2017 Budget: Economist Takeaways

all the critical bases.” An emphasis on environmental protection — with the announcement of a carbon tax to be implemented from 2019 and a 30 percent increase in water prices from this year — was… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore's 2017 Budget in Five Charts Shows Growth Challenge

corporate tax rebates to help spur business investment and will give personal-income tax rebates. A carbon tax on emission of greenhouse gases will be imposed from 2019. Revenue will increase to S$69… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore Takes Targeted Steps in Budget to Help Spur Growth

budget speech:Tax MeasuresCap on corporate income tax rebate raised to S$25,000 from S$20,000 Carbon tax on emission of greenhouse gases to be imposed from 2019Personal income tax rebate of 20 percent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Singapore Budget 2017: Winners and Losers

up and internationalization. LOSERSPower Stations, Utilities – Government plans to implement a carbon tax between S$10-S$20/ton of greenhouse gas emission from 2019 on power stations, large direct… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell and Toyota Partner on California Fueling Stations for Hydrogen Cars

commonplace, the industry is facing pressure for more zero-emission products from governments that see carbon pollution as a threat. Fully electric cars from Tesla Inc. and others are sparking interest.Paris… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

OUTA files complaint against Eskom with Competition Commission

  On 17 February 2016, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) lodged a formal complaint, evidence and detailed submission to the Competition Commission, alleging anti-competitive behaviour and abuse of dominant market position by Eskom, the national electricity utility of South Africa. OUTA is a civil action organisation in South Africa … Continue reading “OUTA files complaint against Eskom with Competition Commission”

India's New Solar Auction Lights the Way to Modi's Green Targets

February 20, 2017

guarantees and was run by the state and central governments, could become a template fueling growth in other regions and bringing energy security to the world’s second-most-populous country.“The outcome… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.S. Coal Mines Are Opening in a Year of 'Cautious Optimism'

February 19, 2017

analyst at Clarksons Platou Securities Inc., said in a phone interview.Global demand for the carbon-intensive, power-plant fuel is still weakening. A new age of clean, cheap natural gas and renewables… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Prepares Directives Aimed at Dismantling Obama's Climate Rules

February 18, 2017

Donald Trump is planning to sign directives aimed at dismantling Obama-era policies governing carbon dioxide and water pollution, delivering marching orders to the newly installed chief of the Environmental… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pruitt Sworn In as EPA Head After Contentious Confirmation Fight

led or joined more than a dozen lawsuits challenging EPA rules governing power plant pollution, carbon dioxide emissions and wetlands.He promised senators last month that his “cooperative federalism”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Repeal of SEC Regulation Signals More to Come

each measure.Congress in 2015 voted to repeal two Environmental Protection Agency rules limited carbon emissions from the power sector, but then-President Barack Obama vetoed the legislation. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric cars with flow-cell drive

February 17, 2017

  NanoFlowcell has achieved a method of variable control for flow-cells. Following extensive testing with the company’s Quantino 48 V, the company says the redesigned system architecture for electric vehicles is ready for production. By varying the fuel cell control directly and dispensing with super-capacitors, significant reduction in cost and weight of … Continue reading “Electric cars with flow-cell drive”

The Most-Hated Bear in Solar Isn’t Backing Down

percent last year.Tepid GrowthJoseph Goodman, a principal at Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental research nonprofit, says the volatility of solar stocks will smooth out with continued growth… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Receives Final Warning From EU Over Air Pollution Levels

proliferation of diesel-burning engines. Valued for the its wider range than gasoline-powered automobiles, tax incentives were given in the 1990s to encourage a switch to diesel engines. The 2015 Volkswagen… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Elon Musk Is Really Boring

potential to be an excellent Sec of State.” He noted that Tillerson has expressed openness to a carbon tax, a policy Musk has long supported. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wind farm components on the road

February 16, 2017

  Residents of Loeriesfontein, Niewoudtville and Calvinia will again see wind turbine component sections travelling en route from the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms. The wind farms started transporting various wind turbine components on 18 April 2016, and have delivered about 500 loads to site. The … Continue reading “Wind farm components on the road”

Shipping industry calls for exemption from EU carbon market reform

… on Wednesday to reform the bloc’s carbon market, saying it risks… accounting for an estimated 2.2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

European Parliament adopts draft reform of carbon market post-2020

… reforms of the EU’s carbon market post-2020 that aim to balance greater… removal of surplus carbon permits from the EU’s emission trading system… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

European parliament adopts draft reform of carbon market for after 2020

… backed draft reforms of the carbon market post-2020 but rejected… a proposal for a faster removal of surplus carbon permits from the EU’s… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Germany Prepares for Climate Clash With Tillerson at G-20 Talks

test G-20 unity on measures to combat ills from climate change to global poverty marks a shift in its strategy as holder of the group’s rotating presidency. Presenting its schedule and G-20 goals… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.K. Tidal Lagoon Verdict Said to Be Delayed to After Budget

government to move forward with the lagoon, saying it would cost much less than other forms of new low-carbon generation such as nuclear power and create jobs as the U.K. prepares to leave the European Union… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is This the Electric Car That's Going to Trump Tesla?

that the finished sedan will carry (this temporary body is made of easy-to-produce and -replace carbon fiber panels, not aluminum and steel), but it’s also dialed down to half the 1,000 horsepower… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated 2 July 2015

February 15, 2017

  Herewith the full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated  2 July 2015 (reflecting the state of the investigation as at 18 June 2015), made available to EE Publishers by Sikonathi Mantshantsha of Financial Mail. 339384926 Dentons Report on the Investigation Into Eskom on Scribd The post Full unredacted Dentons … Continue reading “Full unredacted Dentons report on Eskom dated 2 July 2015”

BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme

edie.net, 10 February, 2017. The BBC announced yesterday (9 February) that as of 3 April, all programmes commissioned by the broadcaster would have to use the Albert carbon calculator to track emissions and uncover best practices to reduce environmental impacts. Most BBC shows are already using the calculator to track … Continue reading “BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme”

Maintaining VLA batteries properly

  The solution to vented lead-acid (VLA) battery maintenance and optimal functionality is an electrolyte battery monitoring system. Midtronics’ Cellguard ELS+ electrolyte battery monitoring system is small, can be easily installed and requires no maintenance. Sensor wiring is daisy-chained without a return path wire, and sensors are attached to the battery case … Continue reading “Maintaining VLA batteries properly”

Mike musings: short term plans and long term consequences

  The great event of the 2016, namely the publication of the IRP 2016, has finally happened, and the plan has received both praise and criticism from many quarters. The media briefing went into some detail of how the plan was constructed and all the factors taken into account. Without … Continue reading “Mike musings: short term plans and long term consequences”

Putting transformation on the agenda

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) held its annual Presidential Breakfast in Rosebank on 8 February 2017 and highlighted the organisation’s focus for 2017 –  “Let’s talk transformation”. CESA’s transformation committee plans to transform its membership and industry by monitoring the progress of its members beyond the requirements of the … Continue reading “Putting transformation on the agenda”

Action for Energy: Energy mix re-boot

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will be holding an Action for Energy dialogue on 23 February 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre to address the 2016 Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the electricity sector. Click here for more information This important event is owned and organised by … Continue reading “Action for Energy: Energy mix re-boot”

To regulate or deregulate the lighting industry – that is the question…

  This article describes how the lighting industry, represented by IESSA, set out to reduce the regulatory burden, but achieved exactly the opposite due to the vested commercial interests of the NRCS, SABS and certain incumbent lighting manufacturers and suppliers. The way is paved for a dysfunctional regulatory process to … Continue reading “To regulate or deregulate the lighting industry – that is the question…”

To build or not to build?

  WWF-SA, the autonomous member of the World Wide Fund for Nature, welcomes EE Publishers’ recent interview with Eskom’s David Nicholls and appreciated his candid response particularly on the question of costs. Saliem Fakir At the outset a more general comment must be made: that the advisability of the proposed … Continue reading “To build or not to build?”

U.K. Lobbies Trump Officials to Stay in Paris Climate Deal

working closely with the U.S. on energy and climate change issues as the world transitions to a low carbon economy,” Monika Samoraj, a spokeswoman for the U.K.’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Britain Looks to Carbon Markets From China to Canada Amid Brexit

February 14, 2017

in a report published Tuesday.While the first option for Britain should be to stay in Europe’s carbon market and agitate to improve it, aligning with China, Canada and California might be among alternatives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Four developing countries receive funding for renewable energy projects

  Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to receive $44,5-million in funding. The first project is located in Marshall Islands, where a 4,6 MW hybrid micro-grid solution … Continue reading “Four developing countries receive funding for renewable energy projects”

Total transparency is essential

  When considering a project as large as a nuclear power station new-build, absolute transparency is essential. David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, speaking to EE Publisher’s Chris Yelland recently, said Eskom will do what it can to avoid secrecy and will publish information publicly. Prof. Harald Winkler If the … Continue reading “Total transparency is essential”

EU lawmakers split on carbon reform ahead of vote

February 13, 2017

… remain divided over an overhaul to the carbon market after a debate… market for carbon credits, essentially tradeable permits allowing… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

The Demise of Deadly Diesel

Meanwhile, if carmakers try to replace diesel sales by selling more gasoline cars instead, their carbon dioxide emissions could rise again. Under EU rules carmakers who miss CO2 targets in 2021 face… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Auto CEOs Ask Trump to Revisit Obama-era Fuel Efficiency Rules

February 12, 2017

environmental rules “out of control.”“We are committed to continued gains in fuel efficiency and carbon reduction,” the executives said in their letter. “At the same time, ignoring consumer preferences… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A Republican Carbon Tax: View (Audio)

February 11, 2017

arguing in favor of a Republican proposal to fight climate change by putting a $40-a-ton tax on carbon emissions. This editorial aired on Bloomberg Radio. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Tax Could Save the Planet From Climate Change

British Columbia’s revenue-neutral carbon tax. That experiment showed how the basic scheme works—emissions went down as the economy grew. To continue working, the carbon price had to rise regularly—the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A Tax on Carbon Pollution Can Benefit Business Low oil and gas prices make this the right time to tax fo

February 10, 2017

Scientific American, December 2015. Editor’s note (2/8/16): A group of Republicans led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is calling for a carbon tax to address climate change, as an alternative to rules and regulations promoted by the Obama administration. Members of the group are expected to … Continue reading “A Tax on Carbon Pollution Can Benefit Business Low oil and gas prices make this the right time to tax fo”

Going beyond the Limits to Growth debate

Saliem Fakir, Polity.org, 10 February, 2017. The Limits to Growth (LTG) thesis was developed in the 1970s by a group of experts collectively called the Club of Rome. They used a computer model to link exponential population growth, income/gross domestic product and consumption, compared with the availability of finite resources. … Continue reading “Going beyond the Limits to Growth debate”

SA president gives clear support for renewables

  Brenda Martin The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is pleased to note the presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This globally recognised programme was the initiative of government, and it is fitting that the policy-maker’s vision can continue to be … Continue reading “SA president gives clear support for renewables”

Sioux Tribe Asks Court to Block Final Link in Dakota Access

federal appeals court rejected their bid but the Army Corps of Engineers still put the project on hold and ordered an environmental review of where the pipeline passes under Lake Oahe, which straddles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Republican Carbon Tax

Clean Power Plan. And a carbon tax has the built-in flexibility to push emissions lower and lower over time.QuickTake The Cost of CarbonCountries that already have carbon taxes — or cap and trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Staff Yanked From Alaska Summit as Trump Team Weighs In

“common questions” about climate change was initially slimmed down, with some queries (“How does carbon dioxide hurt us?” and “Is there a scientific consensus on climate change?”) deleted altogether… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Wins $13.8 Billion Wide-Body Jet Order From Singapore Air

February 9, 2017

campus. Deliveries are slated to begin next year. Singapore Air’s unit Scoot currently flies the carbon-composite 787-800 and 787-900 variants of the Dreamliners. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A New Robo-Adviser Lets You Build Portfolios That Shun Guns and Oil Shares

“issue profile,” checking boxes to select investment themes—such as gender equality or reduced carbon emissions—as well as groups of companies to exclude. The preset screens lean left. Users can… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Republican elders urge Trump's White House to adopt carbon tax

… House officials on Wednesday to propose a $40 per ton tax on carbon…. The carbon tax proposal was co-authored by James Baker, secretary… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

China Turns to Precision Medicine in Fight Against Cancer

into for sure and hopefully be at the forefront globally.’’Google MapsNew Chinese firms like iCarbonX and WuXi NextCode that offer consumers ways to learn more about their bodies through clues from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Choking China Backs Australia in Race for Cleaner Iron Ore

demand for premium quality imports, according to researcher CRU Group.China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, plans to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($360 billion) in renewable energy through 2020 to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

It’s Buffett vs. Icahn as Lobbying Heats Up Over U.S. Ethanol

passed under President George W. Bush that sought to slow the pace of oil consumption and its carbon footprint. Each gallon is tracked by a unique, 38-digit Renewable Identification Number.If, like… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Team Urges Freeze to Program That Aided Solyndra

during his confirmation hearing last month telling Senator Bill Cassidy that a guarantee for carbon-capture project in Cassidy’s home state of Louisiana “appears to make sense,” and that he is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Good Luck Killing the EPA

sets to work undoing President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Clean Water Rule, and reopening carbon pollution rules for new coal plants. “I would predict with great confidence that those three… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewables can decarbonise the energy sector

February 8, 2017

  Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released recently IRENA’s seventh Assembly, the … Continue reading “Renewables can decarbonise the energy sector”

Rethinking energy, 2017

  Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. Governments all over the world are joining that consensus. The use of renewables is their prime choice for enhancing access to affordable, reliable and cleaner sources of modern energy services. This is the executive summary … Continue reading “Rethinking energy, 2017”

Energy Transfer to Get Dakota Access Pipeline Approval From U.S.

Tuesday after falling 1.5 percent earlier.The Army also said its Corps of Engineers will no longer prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the work to cross Lake Oahe in North Dakota.”Today’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Prominent Republicans Push to Tax Carbon, Cut Regulations

mining jobs. Because it generates more carbon dioxide emissions than natural gas and oil, coal would be the fossil fuel hardest hit by a tax on carbon. But a carbon tax has gained traction in some circles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Germany Hammers Down Renewable Energy Costs: QuickTake Q&A

000 people work in the coal-power industry, making it a politically sensitive topic. Cutting carbon dioxide will depend on sweeping changes in transport, agriculture, industrial and heating processes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Conference to address underdeveloped Africa

February 7, 2017

  Consulting Engineers South Africa is hosting the 24th FIDIC-GAMA 2017 conference in South Africa, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The event will bring together over 350 delegates from across Africa and the rest of the world under the theme: “African Partnerships for Sustainable Growth”. The three-day conference will … Continue reading “Conference to address underdeveloped Africa”

The African city of tomorrow needs design thinkers

  Abbas Jamie. There will be an estimated 440 new cities in Africa by 2050. Are we to let the tsunami of urbanisation control our thought processes and commit us to desperate formulaic actions? Or can we leapfrog conventional urban development by visualising and designing innovative, sustainable solutions; human-centred solutions … Continue reading “The African city of tomorrow needs design thinkers”

New CEO for CSIR

  Dr. Thulani Dlamini The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has a new chief executive officer, Dr. Thulani Dlamini. He joined the CSIR in 2005 and has served in different positions including head of the CSIR National Laser Centre and in 2008 he was appointed to the position of … Continue reading “New CEO for CSIR”

Power developments in Africa, February 2017

  Renewable energy development agreement ENGIE has partnered with ANER, the National Renewable Energies Agency in Senegal, to accelerate the development of renewable energies in the country. Part of the agreement involves the development of solar energy for individuals in multi-occupancy or individual housing. The aim is to study the … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, February 2017”

Dakota Access Pipeline Decision May Come by Week’s End

decision might go.President Donald Trump last month issued a memorandum urging the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite its review of the conduit’s path after the federal agency put the brakes on ETP’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Can poor governance ruin South Africa’s future energy landscape?

February 6, 2017

  Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is guided by a sound policy bedrock. Over the past few months, a key question within the renewable energy industry has been raised: Is it possible that this comprehensive legal framework, government vision, the investment attracted, the widely recognised proven … Continue reading “Can poor governance ruin South Africa’s future energy landscape?”

Empowering women in the energy industry

  DLO Energy Resources Group recently held a Women in Energy breakfast in efforts to promote and empower women into bigger roles in the African energy industry. The event was held in partnership with Webber Wentzel at its office in Rivonia, Johannesburg, and took place as a panel discussion around … Continue reading “Empowering women in the energy industry”

France’s trump card to win nuclear deal

  Michel Sapin Fin24 reports that visiting French Minister of Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, met his South African counterpart, Pravin Gordhan, recently. He apparently explained to Gordhan that France has the capacity to finance and bring guarantees to the financing of the nuclear project. It is understood that Sapin … Continue reading “France’s trump card to win nuclear deal”

Industry gathers to discuss opportunities in energy

  Francios Viljoen, director at Cresco Project Finance Engineers, consultants, and business leaders in the South African energy and financial sectors recently gathered to discuss projects and investment opportunities on the horizon across Africa. The Africa Power Round Table was hosted in Johannesburg by DLO Energy Resources Group on 1 … Continue reading “Industry gathers to discuss opportunities in energy”

Pig farm uses synergies to generate energy

February 3, 2017

  In the summer of 2016, a biogas plant at a pig farm in Varazdin, northern Croatia came online. The 250 kW plant suits the farm‘s cycle of food production, liquid manure utilisation and energy production in the form of power, heat and fertiliser. The slurry from a newly erected … Continue reading “Pig farm uses synergies to generate energy”

Sweden sets goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

… climate policies were worrying because greenhouse gas emissions would… an 85 percent cut in domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 from 1990… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

U.K. Should Back Tidal Lagoon Plans for Cheap, Green Energy

importantly, it is clear that tidal lagoons at scale could deliver low carbon power in a way that is very competitive with other low carbon sources.The initial project, proposed by Tidal Lagoon Plc, would… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Cars Could Cause Oil Market Disruption on Par With OPEC

February 2, 2017

generation over the past three years, according to research from Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a think tank, published Thursday. A similar 10 percent loss of market share… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Forum to boost growth of energy projects

  South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment destination. Energy demands in sub-Saharan Africa have created investment interest in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) regional market in … Continue reading “Forum to boost growth of energy projects”

Can your next flight help save the Earth?

February 1, 2017

US Today, 4 January, 2017. San Diego International Airport first introduced the Good Traveler program in September 2015 and, according to the airport, the project has already offset about 11.5 million air miles. (Photo: Good Traveler) If minimizing your environmental impact is on the agenda for 2017, several West Coast airports … Continue reading “Can your next flight help save the Earth?”

Farm workers benefit from R204000 pay out thanks to carbon credits

News24, 31 January, 2017. 27 workers on the Spier farm in the Western Cape benefited from a R204000 pay out from carbon credits. Find out how they did it in the video. The farm prides themselves in practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm. Part … Continue reading “Farm workers benefit from R204000 pay out thanks to carbon credits”

Michael Jackson Is Worth More Than Ever, and the IRS Wants a Piece of It

sunglasses and sitting on “an enormous gold-and-burgundy throne.” His two oldest children, Prince and Paris, were there, dressed “like characters from a Broadway show or The Sound of Music—velveteen knickers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Buffett’s Rocky Mountain to Test Biomass That May Cut Coal Use

products, is seeking to supply its fuel to utilities willing to switch to biomass in order to cut carbon emissions. The London-based in November obtained funding for its first industrial-scale plant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom reveals which countries will bid for nuclear deal

  Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station. Fin24 reports that Eskom says 27 companies have indicated their intention to provide a response to the power utility’s Request for Information (RFI) for the proposed 9,6 GW nuclear new build programme. This includes four major nuclear vendors from China (SNPTC), France (EDF), Russia …