Europe to strengthen nuclear safety tests

[img:Tests%20bu_0.jpg|Berlaymont building in
Brussels ‒ headquarters of
the European Commission
]Brussels, Belgium --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 11 May 2011 - Europe's nuclear safety tests should be strengthened to include man-made disasters, such as terrorist attacks or ‘plane crashes, according to European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

European leaders agreed in March to subject Europe's 143 reactors to ‘stress tests’ to guard against crises like that at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.

NUM threatens Eskom strike

[img:Lesiba_0.jpeg|NUM spokesman
Lesiba Seshoka
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 20 April 2011 - South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has reiterated that it would take strike action against national power utility Eskom Holdings, and has confirmed that it is now demanding a 16 %, one-year wage hike.

Spokesman Lesiba Seshoka told Reuters that there was no timeframe for the possible action, but added that it was possible before June or July. “We have not set a date for a strike, but we are saying that the likelihood of having a strike is greater,” Seshoka said.

Japanese nuclear disaster will not change US nuclear outlook

[img:Japan%20-%20mi_0.jpg|Post-earthquake
radiation leak at
the Fukushima nuclear
plant in Japan
]Chicago, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 April 2011 - The disaster in Japan has darkened the mood at a nuclear conference in the United States, but officials said the Fukushima crisis would not change the outlook for the U.S. industry, and blamed the media for stoking fear.

Probe into Eskom turbine blast still underway

[img:Eskom%20-%20du_0.jpg|Duvha power station
‒ turbine blast
investigation still
underway
]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 05 April 2011 - An investigation by national power utility Eskom Holdings Limited into the routine turbine test that went wrong at its Duvha power station in the Mpumalanga province earlier this year is still underway.

Europe’s nuclear reactors likely to fail safety tests

[img:Nuclear%20gr_0.jpg|Radiation leak at
Fukushima nuclear
plant in Japan
]Berlin, Germany --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 05 April 2011 - Some of Europe's 143 nuclear reactors are likely to fail tests simulating terrorist attacks, according to an European Union commissioner, and others are likely to see insurance bills soar as politicians try to tighten regulations.

Reuters reports that following the nuclear crisis in Japan, caused by an earthquake and tsunami last month, the European Union is planning to carry out tests by year-end to assess whether its reactors could survive severe conditions.

DONG Energy launches energy flexibility project

[img:Dong%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]Copenhagen, Denmark --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 01 April 2011 - DONG Energy ‒ one of the leading energy groups in northern Europe ‒ is launching its E-Flex energy project in Denmark with Greenwave Reality ‒ a global innovator in home energy management solutions.

The E-Flex project is being launched at the annual “Transmission & Distribution Europe” and “Smart Grids Europe” conference and exhibition, which takes place here from 12 to 14 April.

‘Earth Hour’ saves 350MW of electricity

[img:Earth%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|An energy-saving
light bulb
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 31 March 2011 - During Earth Hour on Saturday, South Africans saved 350 megawatts of electricity ‒ enough to power the city of Bloemfontein for an entire day.

“As part of its support for the Earth Hour campaign, South African national power utility Eskom Holdings measured the reduction in electricity used during the hour, against typical consumption for this time on an average Saturday evening,” said Eskom spokeswoman Hillary Joffe in a statement issued here.

Major Danish utility awards Echelon energy contract

[img:Echelon%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]San Jose, United States ---ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 30 March 2011 - American-based Echelon Corporation ‒ which is leading the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network ‒ has announced that the fourth largest utility in Denmark, NRGi, has selected Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) smart grid control system for implementation throughout its services territory.

Verified EU emissions data to be released

[img:Hwange.thumbnail.jpg|An example of the
emissions that the EC
is trying to eliminate
]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 28 March 2011 - The European Commission (EC) has announced that it is to release verified emissions data for 2010 from all companies operating under its emissions trading scheme (ETS) on Friday.

Revealing this in a statement issued here, the Commission said the data would include installation-level emissions information.

Aggreko expands in South Africa

[img:Aggreko%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|An Aggreko temperature
control unit
]Durban, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 29 March 2011 - Aggreko ‒ the world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services ‒ has opened its second South African service centre in Durban to meet demand for rental power and temperature control in the KwaZulu-Natal area.

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