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Energy Experts & Corporates Discuss Opportunities

On 18 July 2012, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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The Green Times reported that earlier this month business think tank Accelerate Cape Town and KPMG brought several large companies Together to discuss emerging renewable energy opportunities in South Africa, with input from experts in business, academia and government. Accelerate Cape Town CEO Guy Lundy said they and sponsor company KPMG launched these quarterly Sustainability Forums […]

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More than just Earth Hour: Saturday 31 March @ 20:30…..

On 30 March 2012, in Environmental Diary, News, by Andrew Bennett
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Held each year at 8:30pm on the last Saturday in March, Earth Hour is a WWF initiative symbolising the collective power of individuals, businesses and governments to reduce our impact on this planet. From its beginnings in Sydney – Earth Hour has grown to be supported by millions of people in over 5000 cities across 135 […]

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Longer-term power price would unlock new funding options – Eskom

On 26 March 2012, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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A recent Creamer Media- Engineering News article says that State-owned power company Eskom has confirmed that it will submit a tariff application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in June for a time horizon that is longer than the three-year rotation offered under the multiyear price determination period (MYPD). FD Paul O’Flaherty told Engineering News […]

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Blackouts here to stay, how to play your part in decreasing demand.

On 10 February 2012, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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Business News reported on 27 January that Eskom’s blackouts are due to increase…..  see report http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/eskom-s-blackouts-increase-1.1222102   In short, capacity available to meet peak demand margins is ranging from 1.5-5% (based on figures reported by Eskom over the January period) the internationally accepted safe margin is 15%. The reason for this low margin in SA […]

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Smart Living – Corporate Campaign

On 13 July 2011, in Community Projects, Completed Projects, by Andrew Bennett
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“Current global consumption patterns are unsustainable; efficiency gains and technological advances alone will not be sufficient to reduce consumption to sustainable levels. Changes will also be required to consumer lifestyles, including the ways in which consumers choose and use products and services.” World Council for Sustainable Business (WCSB), Sustainable Consumption Report (Nov. 2008) The SMART […]

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Global Change – Green Audit and Retrofit for Schools

On 13 July 2011, in Community Projects, Completed Projects, by Andrew Bennett
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The Global Change Project is a partnership initiative between the City of Cape Town and Centre for Climate and Earth System Science (ACCESS) with a focus on high schools in Cape Town. ACCESS is a multi-institutional body facilitating earth system science research and capacity building and training. They are involved in various educational and outreach […]

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New electricity tariffs from 1 July…..how does that impact on your back pocket?

On 17 June 2011, in Community Projects, Current Projects, News, Project news, by Andrew Bennett
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Some may be aware that the Council approved the Budget for on Wednesday 8 June 2011. Part of this involved the approval of the new electricity tariffs tabled by Cape Town Electricity Services which will be in effect  from 1 July 2011……………so what does this mean for domestic consumers? Basically- there are two possible tariffs available […]

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Nuclear phase-out can make Germany trailblazer – Merkel

On 17 June 2011, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said a decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 can make her country a trailblazer in renewable energy. Ms Merkel said Germany would reap economic benefits from the move. “We can be the first major industrialised country that achieves the transition to renewable energy with all the opportunities – […]

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City of Cape Town Electricity Savings Campaign

On 19 May 2011, in Community Projects, Current Projects, News, Project news, by Andrew Bennett
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The City of Cape Town is calling on residential consumers to reduce their consumption of electricity. Highlighting that residential electricity consumption is responsible for some 43% of total electricity consumption in Cape Town, the City has launched a creative marketing campaign calling especially on those who fall in the mid-to high-income groups, and who use the […]

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Massive renewable and nuclear build ahead in SA – but coal is here to stay………….

On 30 March 2011, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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At long last, the cabinet has approved and published the national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP 2010. Now this just has to be passed by parliament and published in the Government Gazette. Let’s hope there will not be further delays, and that a measure of certainty will prevail so that the electricity sector can […]