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    US utility Consumers Energy has been recognised for its energy efficiency programmes by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The utility has been named in ACEEE's fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programmes. Consumers Energy has secured the recognition owing to the success of its Small Business and A...

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    By Joao Costa, senior sustainability specialist at the International Hydropower Association (IHA) How can Africa use sustainability guidelines to maximise its vast hydropower resources? Besides producing much-needed clean, affordable and reliable electricity, hydropower also offers vital water supply and irrigation services, including protection...

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    Last week, China's environment minister, Li Ganjie, said the country has reduced coal dependency by nearly 20% in the past year, however, the war on smog is getting harder. "In reality the pressures are huge and it isn't easy to be optimistic about the trends," he said. "The things that could easily be done have already mostly been done, and the...

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    Understanding the scope of wind turbine blade damage is the first step to preventing it. In order to get the maximum operational and financial benefit from larger turbines, and those in new markets, it is essential that turbine blades are serviced regularly and to a high standard. This article first appeared in ESI-Africa Edition 1, 2019. Recent...

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    Everyone knows that the disastrous Medupi and Kusile projects, along with the corruption in the coal procurement, caused the crisis that is now unfolding at Eskom. Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power utility, was an icon for the country in 2001 as the award of the International Utility of the Year showed. It had the lowest cost of electricit...

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    On Saturday 30 March, citizens from around the globe are encouraged to switch off their lights for one hour in support of Earth Hour. This annual event brings millions of people, businesses and landmarks together in unison who set aside an hour and switch off their lights and make noise for the Earth Hour movement. Interested in reading more abo...

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    The mining industry has a reputation for being a risky business, with health risks that are varied and often quite serious, and it is important for miners to protect themselves accordingly. Nevertheless, mining doesn’t have to be unsafe. With the introduction of strict safety legislation and protocol, as well as advances in safety equipment, the...

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    TSXV-listed lithium mine explorer and developer Desert Lion Energy’s objective to deliver Namibia’s first large-scale lithium mine is on the horizon. Having ticked all of the pre-project development boxes that guarantee a financially viable operation, the company is looking to start producing a lithium concentrate product by early 2020, presiden...

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    Would you believe that smart metering projects are essentially managed services? It is not a project that can simply be installed, commissioned, and then left to run on its own. Having a clear strategy based on this concept will ensure your success, states Conlog’s solutions architect, Selvan Govender. This article first appeared in ESI-Africa E...

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    Ugandan-based Aptech Africa, a solar energy and water solution specialists, recently successfully designed, built and installed the first off-grid solar-battery hybrid power system in South Sudan. This USAID funded project, developed by AECOM International, incorporated a one-of-a-kind containerised PV storage solution by South African-based Sus...