Power generation is the process of producing electric power from sources of primary energy. Energy resources can be classified in three categories namely renewable, fossil, and nuclear. Within the generation categories renewable comprise of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, natural gas For utilities in the electric power industry, generation is the stage prior to the delivery of power to end users (transmission, distribution, etc.) or its storage (using, for example, the pumped-storage method). Electricity generation is carried out in power stations also called power plants.

Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project would have regional advantage

[img:Outages%20d_0.jpg| ]15 February 2012 - For several decades the Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project has been seen by Tanzania as a key component of that country’s hydropower master plan. This plan, completed during the mid-1980s, identified eight potential hydropower projects in the Rufiji Basin.

These potential projects were Ruhidji (685 MW), Mnyera (485 MW) Kihansi (240 MW), Mpanga (165 MW), Iringa (80 MW), Lukose (130 MW), Kilombero (464 MW), and Stiegler's Gorge (2,100 MW). Only Stiegler's Gorge was taken to feasibility study stage.

Eskom’s unplanned outages lower

[img:Power%20SA.thumbnail.JPG| ]14 February 2012 - South Africa’s under pressure power generation network, while still tight, is experiencing some relief due to a lower volume of unplanned outages. This figure stood at 2,820 MW on Monday the 13th of February 2012, having exceeded 5,000 MW earlier in the month.

The utility has also been aided by the cooperation of some large ferrous metal companies that have taken smelters offline to alleviate some of the pressure on the national grid. At the beginning of the week of the 13th February, the utility had 35,427 MW available to meet demand of 31,593 MW. Current planned maintenance stands at 4,840 MW.

US energy mission to visit Africa

[img:Mission1b.thumbnail.jpg|U.S. Assistant
Secretary of State
on African Affairs
Johnnie Carson
]Washington DC, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 03 February 2012 - The government of the United States is sending an energy trade mission to Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana to look at potential investment projects with the aim of enhancing the countries' ability to generate electric power.

One billion people have no access to electricity

[img:Access1b_0.jpg|Worldwatch Institute
says more than a
billion people in the
world still lack access
to electricity.
]Dar es Salaam, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 03 February 2012 - More than a billion people in the world still lack access to electricity, while another one billion have unreliable access, hampering efforts to improve health and livelihoods, and to conserve the environment.

2018 coal shortfall is a priority concern for future power

[img:Dan1b_0.JPG|Eskom chief
commercial officer
Dan Marokane
.]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 February 2012 - Unlocking South Africa's junior mining sector ‒ which could include consolidation among producers ‒ is considered a key factor in helping South African national power utility Eskom Holdings to fill a 40Mt shortfall in domestic coal supply forecast for 2018.

Eskom concerned about coal supply beyond 2018

[img:Eskom_0.jpg|Eskom - concern over
coal supplies after 2018
.]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 01 February 2012 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings has registered concern about the security of coal supply beyond 2018, saying its suppliers are more interested in the higher paying Asian export markets.

Spokeswoman Hilary Joffe said that although current coal stockpiles were healthy at just over 40 days’ supply, new supplies after 2018 were not secured. “We are concerned about the security of supply beyond 2018. Investments should already be happening to provide mining capacity for coal we are going to need in the long term because our stations’ lives are 40 to 50 years,” she added.

New milestone achieved at Cahora Bassa

[img:Hydro1b_0.jpg|Cahora Bassa ‒
ready to move ahead
with its new
Northern Plant.
]Maputo, Mozambique --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 01 February 2012 - The hydro-geological studies for construction of the Northern Plant of the giant Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Facility (HCB) in Mozambique have been concluded, reaching a new milestone in the history of the giant power project.

Ngove dam to start operating in August

[img:Ngove1b_0.jpg|The “on-off” Ngove
hydroelectric dam
nears completion.
]Huambo, Angola --- ESI-POWER.COM --- 31 January 2012 -  Angolan energy and water minister João Baptista Borges has announced that the inauguration of the Ngove hydroelectric dam ‒ which will serve the provinces of Huambo and Bié ‒ is scheduled to take place in August.

Essential maintenance slashes Eskom power margins

[img:Eskom1b_0.jpeg|Duvha power station
‒ where a 600MW generating
unit failed last year
.]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 30 January 2012 - At one point in January, peak demand of 30,282MW in South Africa was met by available capacity of 30,742MW ‒ a margin of only 1.5% or 460MW (which is less than one generating unit at a modern coal generating plant) The internationally accepted safe margin is 15%.

Luanda needs more power and water

[img:Luanda1b_0.jpg|Luanda ‒ electricity
supply to be
]Luanda, Angola ---ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 30 January 2012 - The governor of Angolan capital city Luanda, Bento Joaquim Sebastião Francisco Bento has emphasised the need to improve the supply of electricity and drinking water, especially in suburban zones of the country's capital.

The pledge is expressed in a message the governor addressed to Luanda residents on the celebration of 436th anniversary of the city. “These issues deserve attention of the central government, especially of the president, José Eduardo dos Santos, and the provincial government,” said Bento.

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