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For first time ever, renewables surpass coal in US power mix

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2019 For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April. Hydropower dams, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5-million megawatt-hours of power in... 

‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2019 The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the... 

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... 

Ramaphosa confirms R230bn support for Eskom to be front-loaded

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that the R230-billion in fiscal support being directed to debt-laden power utility Eskom over the coming ten years would be structured in a way that ensures a significant portion is provided in the early years. A Special Appropriation Bill would be... 

Peabody and Arch Coal unite against gas, renewables onslaught

By: Mariaan Webb     19th June 2019 US coal miners Peabody and Arch Coal on Wednesday announced that they would combine their Powder River Basin and Colorado assets in what they describe as a “highly synergistic” joint venture (JV) aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of coal against natural gas and renewables. The JV was... 

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... 

Gold Fields spends A$112m on micro-grid at Agnew

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a A$112-million investment into an energy micro-grid combining wind, solar, gas and battery storage at its Agnew mine, in Western Australia. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) will contribute A$13.5-million in funding for the micro-grid,... 

Oz Minerals establishes renewable collaborative programme

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Copper miner Oz Minerals has launched an energy and mining collaboration (EMC) with six other organisations to investigate renewable energy and demand management related activities on a mine site. The first project as part of the EMC programme would see a trial installation of a near 250 kW... 

The world will get half its power from wind, solar by 2050

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2019 Nearly half the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 as costs of wind, solar and battery storage continue to plummet. That titanic shift over the next three decades will come as electricity demand increases 62% and investors pump $13.3-trillion into new projects, according... 

Copper seen as key to South Australia achieving growth target

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2019 South Australia’s mining industry is rising to the challenge of bringing new copper supply to the market, with mines expanding, new ones opening and projects pushing through the pipeline, Energy and Mining Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said at a conference in Adelaide on Tuesday. In an... 

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