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Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

Big dams have a bad reputation. They're often associated with social disruption and environmental damage...

By Mike Muller 21 hours ago

#AUW2017: Trends shaping the future of utilities

Marius Oosthuizen, a lecturer in strategic foresight at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), led delegates during the final keynote session of this year's African Utility Week in a scenario planning exercise, unpacking some of the trends shaping the future of utilities.

By Sindy Peters 1 day ago

#AUW2017: All the 2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards winners

The 2017 African Utility Week Industry Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Power, as well as Young Energy Leader awards, were won by women, reflecting the invaluable contribution women are making to the power and water industries...

1 day ago

South Africa's power utility is hoping for a tariff hike. It may not get it

South Africa's National Energy Regulator (Nersa) is soon to decide if the country's power utility, Eskom, should be granted an exemption from a long list of regulatory reporting requirements when it submits a new tariff application next month...

By Stephen Labson 2 days ago

Borrowing to cover utility debt a slippery slope: World Bank report

It is always better for power utilities to be self-sufficient and not depend on government subsidies to avoid becoming trapped in a vicious spiral when debt gets out of control...

18 May 2017

The CEO of South Africa's power utility is back. Why the move can't be justified

The return of Brian Molefe as CEO of South Africa's largest state owned enterprise, the power utility Eskom, has caused outrage...

By Seán Mfundza 18 May 2017

Regional power pools hold the key to sustainability

Regional collaboration is key to securing energy supply and minimising costs, but regional integration in a mutually beneficial manner remains a challenge, said Ben Martins, deputy minister of state enterprises.

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

No-show Molefe sidesteps difficult questions at #AUW2017

Brian Molefe was a no-show at African Utility Week. Not surprising, given his track record of not pitching at this event when there's a bullet to be dodged...

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

Molefe back at the helm of Eskom

Brian Molefe's return to his desk at Eskom today, after his resignation when his links to the Gupta family were revealed in the public protector's State of Capture report, has more than raised a few eyebrows.

15 May 2017

NERSA launches probe into Eskom over PPA impasse

The National Energy Regulator's electricity sub-committee has launched a formal investigation into Eskom's conduct...

12 May 2017

Eskom report on CEO's step-daughter's contracts due this week

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown expects to receive a report from the Eskom board on an inquiry into allegations against Eskom CEO Matshela Koko at the end of the week...

By Linda Ensor 12 May 2017

Technology transforming energy landscape in Africa

According to Webb Meko, business development director, sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch, the next generation of energy infrastructure is being spurred by new technology that places energy solutions directly into the hands of consumers and businesses...

10 May 2017

Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat

The small, palm-fringed fishing town of Palma was meant to become a symbol of Mozambique's glittering future, transformed by one of the world's largest liquefied natural gas projects...

By Susan Njanji and Adrien Barbier 9 May 2017

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