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Massive solar-storage project is planned for the Nevada desert

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2019 NV Energy, the Nevada utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, agreed to buy power from three massive solar farms equipped with big batteries in the Nevada desert. The projects mark one of the the biggest expansions of solar and storage ever proposed in the US Combined, they’ll... 

Indonesia regulatory changes to bring more uncertainty to coal sector

By: Reuters     26th June 2019 Indonesian coal miners said upcoming regulatory changes are putting added pressure on their businesses amid depressed prices and rising competition from other energy sources. The Indonesian government is in the process of amending coal mining rules to enforce implementation of a 2009 mineral law... 

Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

Indian power producers want more coal on rail to lower costs

By: Ajoy K Das     24th June 2019 Indian private thermal power companies are seeking to shift more coal from roads to State-run Indian Railways (IR) to bring down logistical costs. Private thermal power utilities reckon that higher dispatches of coal by State miner Coal India Limited (CIL) through IR will reduce the cost of... 

Mercuria, South African firms place bids for South32's SAEC coal mines 

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Seriti Resources and a consortium backed by global energy trader Mercuria are among up to six groups to have submitted final bids for the South African coal assets of South32, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. A consortium backed by South African miner Exxaro Resources dropped... 

Eskom appoints Nxumalo as new head of generation 

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom has announced that Bheki Nxumalo has been appointed as its group executive for generation as from July 1 2019. Nxumalo takes over the role permanently from Andrew Etzinger, who has been acting in the position for the past nine months. 

Santos eyes solar power in South Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Oil and gas major Santos will introduce solar panels to help power its Port Bonython processing plant, in South Australia. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the 2.12MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would generate more than 2 GWh of emissions-free energy a year, which... 

India national Budget likely to scrap import duty on LNG

By: Ajoy K Das     18th June 2019 The Indian government is considering scrapping an import duty on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the forthcoming Budget to be presented before Parliament next month. Government officials say that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has made a strong pitch for reducing the current LNG import... 

Erratic weather boosts energy demand, denting climate goals – BP 

By: Reuters     11th June 2019 Extreme temperatures around the globe drove a sharp acceleration in energy demand and carbon emissions last year, oil giant BP said on Tuesday, issuing a stark warning that the world risks losing the battle against climate change. And while 2018 saw another sharp pick up in renewable power such... 

Greenpeace study recommends Eskom sell its coal-fired power stations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th June 2019 A study commissioned by Greenpeace Africa recommends that State-owned Eskom, as part of its reform, gradually spin out its coal-fired power generation activities to new generation companies that will operate the power plants for the remainder of their operating lives. Greenpeace had commissioned... 

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