Energy Policy Watchdog # 4 up to 25 October 2011

Update on Energy Policy – Issue Nr.4 – Compiled by Robert Fischer, Project 90 x 2030, 25th October 2011

Websites last visited on 15th October. News scanned between 13th and 25th October 2011:

From Government of SA (http://www.info.gov.za):

Documents for public comment :

DoE/NNR: National Nuclear Regulator Act: Application for nuclear vessel licence: Eskom: Comments invited, G 34631, 30 September 2011 — comments by 31 October 2011: Download file.

DoE: Petroleum Products Act: Regulations: Mandatory blending of biofuels with petrol and diesel: Draft, G 34610, 16 September 2011 — comments by 18 November 2011: Download file.

White Papers:

DoEA: National Climate Change Response White Paper, (G 34695, GeN 757), 19 October 2011: Download file.

Tenders:

No. 2701, 21 October 2011 [Expire: 25/11/2011]: Download file.

Quite interestingly NERSA has put its INVITATION FOR STAKEHOLDERS TO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS ON:

–          The Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) Methodology.
–          Review of Inclining Block Tariffs (IBT) for electricity distributors.
–          Municipal tariff guideline, benchmarks & proposed time lines for the Municipal Tariff Approval Process for the 2012/13 Financial Year.

into this tender document. Download file.

From NERSA – National Energy Regulator (http://www.nersa.org.za/ – works best with MS-Internet Explorer):

CONSULTATION > Documents > Electricity:

–          The Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) Methodology. Published on 14th October 2011.

–          Review of Inclining Block Tariffs (IBT) for electricity distributors. Published on 14th October 2011.

–          Municipal tariff guideline, benchmarks & proposed timelines for the Municipal Tariff Approval Process for the 2012/13 Financial Year. Published on 14th October 2011.

 From ESKOM (http://www.eskom.co.za):

Government wants electricity pricing rethink: Find article here.

From PMG (http://www.pmg.org.za):

PC Energy: Energy Budget Review & Recommendation Report 2011, briefing by Auditor-General on Department’s audit report 2010/11 – web.

PC Energy: National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa Annual Report 2010/11 – web.

PC Enviro: Climate Change White Paper: Department of Environment Affairs briefing – web.

 

MEDIA ROOM:

Please be aware that due to time constraints I have excluded all news related to COP17!

 From ESKOM’s Media Room: http://www.eskom.co.za/c/47/media-room/ – (Advanced Search with different terms for the period from 13th to 25th October):

Treasury preparing for a carbon tax. Full Article

South Africa to place emission caps on top polluters. Full Article.

IDC gets serious about going green. The Industrial Development Corporation this week launched the Green Energy Efficiency Fund. Full Article.

News search on “nuclear”: 69 articles.

The overshadowing news: The R1-trillion nuclear tender. So many articles have been written about this – I am sure you have read at least one. No? Then read at least this one:

Nuclear power will cost the country dearly. Full Article. And download the recently produced fact sheet on nukes from the download section in this blog.

Lessons from Fukushima outlined in SA nuclear safety meeting. Full Article.

Coal versus nuclear in South Africa. Full Article.

News search on “coal”: 143 articles.

SOUTH AFRICAN COAL ROAD MAP – Download the lecture given at SANEA in Johannesburg on 18th October here. The final version of the SA Coal Roadmap is expected to be released on the 4th November 2011 (download here).

September 2013 set as ‘worst-case’ start date for first Medupi unit. Full Article.

Kusile Power Plant – the Waking Giant. Full Article.

Peak coal puts SA growth at risk. Full Article.

World’s Largest Investor Groups Call for End to Fossil Fuel Subsidies. Full Article.

News search on “renewable”: 134 articles.

SA seeks to build new industries around solar energy roll-out. Full Article.

News search on “solar / solar water heating / heat pump”: 91 articles.

How to implement solar energy successfully in rural areas? Have a look here http://www.barefootcollege.org and if you got some time (about 20min) watch this TED-presentation.

Women in solar – It’s about sharing the sunshine. Full Article.

Solar power to go mainstream. Full Article.

Growing a local concentrated solar thermal power economy in South Africa. Full Article.

News on “Energy Efficiency  / demand side management / buildings”: 94 articles

Regulations on the allowance for energy efficiency savings. Full Article.

Minister Davies says the Energy Efficiency building regulations will boost job creation. Full Article.

 News on “smart grid”: 2 articles.

Smart grid technology could offer energy crisis cure. Full Article.

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