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.

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.

New turbines and transformers arrive for Ghana power project

[img:Bui%20d_0.JPG|Current construction
at the Bui hydroelectric
project in Ghana
]Bui, Ghana --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 19 January 2012 - The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has announced that it has taken delivery of three turbines and two transformers which are to be installed at the 400MW Bui hydroelectric project in the West African country of Ghana.

Reporting this development, says each of the turbines cost US$4.7 million, while each transformer cost US$1.7 million, giving a total cost of US$17.5 million.

Energy monopoly in Nigeria may end

[img:Lightbulb1_0.JPG| ]Aruba, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 19 January 2012 - The Nigerian House of Representatives is considering legislation which will bring to an end the long-standing monopoly held by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in the country’s energy sector.

Leading debate on the bill here, Patrick Ikhariale said the epileptic nature of electricity supply in the country had led to the collapse of the manufacturing sector and dwindling economic fortunes.

Special study to assess impact of new Nile power project

[img:Nile_1b_0.jpg|Artist’s impression of
the Grand Ethiopian
Renaissance dam ‒
to be built
in the Blue Nile river.
]Addis Ababa, Ethiopia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 18 January 2012 - A joint tripartite technical committee set up by the governments of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan has began assessing the possible impacts of the massive hydro-power dam project Ethiopia intends to build in the Blue Nile River.

SA power capacity improves

[img:Winter%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 17 January 2012 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings says that the country’s power capacity has improved this week.

This was revealed here in the second of Eskom’s regular weekly updates providing latest  information on the country’s power system which is expected to be constrained for at least the next two years.

Kenya’s first commercial biomass power plant

[img:Tower%20gr_0.jpg|Prosopis Juliflora, or
Mathenge ‒ the tree which
will feed the country's first
commercial biomass power
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 17 January 2012 - Private electricity producer Tower Power is scheduled to break new ground in Kenya next month when it starts construction of the country's first commercial biomass power plant.

India lends Mali US$100 million for power project

[img:Loan%20-%20ro_0.jpg|The UN Security
]New Delhi, India --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 January 2012 - India has extended a US$100-million loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako has promised in return to support the Asian giant's bid for a permanent United Nations Security Council seat.

A joint statement to this effect was issued here after a visit to India by Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure last week.

Eskom calls for 10% cut in power usage

[img:Equity%20li_0.jpg|Part of the power
line from Cahora
Bassa to South
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 January 2012 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings says it needs people to cut their power usage by 10% to keep the country's electricity supply running.

“We urge all South Africans to partner with us to keep the lights on,” Eskom said in a statement.

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