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.

Cape Chamber says drastic energy policy revision is required

[img:Appeal%20-%20Pic%201_3.jpg|Example of a gas-
fired power station
]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 26 January 2012 - The appeal this month by Eskom to big mining companies to curb their electricity usage is a grim warning that government's energy planning has failed and that drastic policy revisions are urgently required.

Making this statement here, Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry president Michael Bagraim said government should allow the construction of gas-fired generation stations on the coast so that inland coal stations could focus on supplying electricity to large mines and other industries.

Namibia’s energy dilemma

[img:Kunene%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The outlet at Ruacana
‒ one of Namibia’s
existing hydropower
]Windhoek, Namibia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 January 2012 - The envisioned coal-fired power station at Arandis in Namibia will present a unique case where the social and environmental impact of such a project on a small town of about 6,000 people will have to be weighed against the government's obligation to guarantee a critical basic need of over two million Namibians.

Hydropower is growing worldwide

[img:hydro%20dam_0.jpeg| ]Washington DC, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 January 2012 - A report published by the Worldwatch Institute indicates that global hydropower consumption increased by more than 5% between 2009 and 2010.

The study found that hydroelectricity accounted for 3,427 TWh (or 16.1%) of global electrical consumption by the end of 2010.

China led the world in hydropower production, producing 721 TWh in 2010 and having an installed capacity of 213GW. In all, hydroelectricity accounted for about 17% of China's domestic electricity usage, and the country is planning to add 140GW of hydropower by 2015.

World Bank helps boost Liberia’s power

[img:Liberia%20sh_0.jpg|Interior view of a
10MW power plant
recently installed
in Liberia ‒ now
another one is on
the way
]Monrovia, Liberia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 January 2012 - The World Bank has announced an additional financial package for the installation of 10 megawatts (MW) of heavy fuel oil generation in Liberia to reduce electricity tariffs in the country by 20% to 40%.

Construction of new Zimbabwean power plant to start soon

[img:RioZim%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Hwange ‒ one of the
existing power stations
which are being expanded
to meet rapidly increasing
demand for power in
]Harare, Zimbabwe --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 January 2012 - The French consortium which has been granted a licence by the Zimbabwean government to build a US$3 billion thermal power plant in the country is in the process of finalising preparations to commence construction.

Eskom just keeps up with power demand

[img:Profits%20med_0.jpg|Medupi power
station ‒ due to come
on line next year
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 January 2012 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings is keeping up with demand for electricity, but its margin of availability over demand is well below the internationally accepted safe margin of 15%.

In its latest twice-weekly capacity update released here, Eskom said that progress was being made with planned maintenance of the power system, but admitted that supply remained tight.

Uganda’s long wait for relief from the power crisis

[img:Karuma_0.jpg|Part of the Karuma
Falls in Uganda, where
the new power project
is to be built
]Kampala, Uganda --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 23 January 2011 - Electricity consumers in Uganda will have to wait even longer for relief from the power crisis since the 600 megawatt (MW) Karuma dam project will take at least 10 years to complete, according to an energy expert from the United Kingdom.

Tanzania seeks US$257 million loan for power generation

[img:Loan%20ad_0.jpg|Tanzania Electric
Supply Company
managing director
William Muhando
]Dar es Salaam, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 20 January 2012 - Tanzania’s state-owned power utility says it is in talks with a group of lenders including Citigroup Incorporated’s domestic unit for a US$257 million loan for the funding of electricity generation.

Egypt’s el-Dabaa nuclear power station will go ahead

[img:Nuclear4_0.jpg|A worker stands
at a coal dump site
of el-Daba power plant
in Egypt
]Cairo, Egypt --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 20 January 2012 - Egyptian prime minister Kamal el-Ganzouri has reaffirmed his government's resolution to continue with construction of the nuclear station in el-Dabaa, describing the project as a dream of every Egyptian that should not be buried.

SA and US meet to enhance energy initiatives

[img:Poneman%20_0.jpg|United States
deputy secretary of
energy Daniel Poneman
]Pretoria, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 19 January 2012 - United States deputy secretary of energy Daniel Poneman and South African minister of energy Dipuo Peters have held the second meeting of the US–South Africa Bilateral Energy Dialogue, aimed at enhancing energy capacities and strengthening the US–South Africa partnership on energy initiatives.

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