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.

Zesa starts paying Zambia debt to facilitate Batoka power project

[img:Handsh3_0.jpg| ]26 February 2013 - Zimbabwe electricity supply authority (Zesa) says it has started paying a US$70 million debt to Zambia, payment of which will enable the two countries to embark on the joint 1,600 MW hydroelectric Batoka power project. Zambia and Zimbabwe have started preliminary work on the project, which will have an estimated cost of US$2.5 billion. The power plant is expected to be built and operated by a private company for a period of years before transferring ownership to the two states.

Nuclear plant components in demand

[img:Germany - po_0.JPG| ]25 February 2013 - Although nuclear energy is still a major power source for developed regions around the world, emerging economies are picking up the pace with ambitious development plans, states research and consulting firm GlobalData. Power uprates, plant life extension programs and replacements in existing plants will significantly stimulate global demand for nuclear power plant components.

Strike shuts down Medupi construction for over a month

[img:behind.thumbnail.JPG| ]By Antonio Ruffini

22 February 2013 - Strike action has seen construction of the 4,800 MW Medupi power station in South Africa’s Limpopo province halted for over a month. Work was suspended at the power station, which is already over a year behind its original schedule, on January 16th 2013 after a dispute related to the payment of year-end bonuses.

Koeberg trip puts pressure on SA power system

[img:Koeberg%20-%20w_0.jpg| ]21 February 2013 - Eskom reports that its nuclear power station Koeberg Unit 1 tripped automatically late on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th of February 2013, due to a fault in an electrical switchboard. The utility says the fault is being investigated and the unit will be returned to service as soon as possible. Unit 2 at Koeberg continues to operate at full power.

PPP in Tanzania to develop 400 MW power station and 650...

[img:Power%20SA.thumbnail.JPG| ]21 February 2013 - In a private public partnership involving state owned utility Tanesco and US based Symbion, Tanzania is to develop a 400MW gas fired power plant in the Mtwara region and a 650km transmission line in the southern region of the country. Symbion will play a major role in the construction of the transmission backbone from Mtwara to Songea.

Gabon has hydroelectric potential of 6,000 MW

[img:hydro%20dam_0.jpeg| ]20 February 2013 - In its 2013 brief on the Gabonese energy sector the USA’s energy information administration (EIA) says that country has the potential to harness 6,000 MW of hydroelectricity. Several hydropower plants have been proposed, but progress has been slow, with the exception of the 160MW Poubara hydroelectric dam that is expected to come online this year. However, tapping into this potential could leave the country vulnerable to unfavourable weather patterns, as low rainfall has triggered power blackouts in the past.

Sierra Leone’s bid to increase generation capacity

[img:October%2021%202008%20pic%203_0.JPG| ]20 February 2013 - Sierra Leone has set itself a power generation target of 218 MW in 2013. In July 2011 Sierra Leone with a soft loan from China officially commenced construction works for Mini-hydro projects at Bankasoka (2.0 MW), Charlotte (3.0 MW) and Makalie (170 kW). In September 2007, total electricity generation in the country was less than 15 MW but the government subsequently made energy provision one of the five key priorities. As such, there has been an increase in the national electricity generation capacity to over 90MW.

Cote d’Ivoire to export 17 MW to Togo, Benin

19 February 2013 - [img:Power.thumbnail.jpg| ] Cote d'Ivoire will reinforce electricity supply to Benin and Togo with an annual supply of 138 GWh of electricity to the two countries. Cote d'Ivoire energy minister Adama Toungara says that during peak hours, the country will supply 10 MW, 15 MW during working days and 20 MW during weekends. Currently, Cote d'Ivoire supplies electricity to Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana which in turn supplies energy to Benin and Togo.

Coal power still reigns supreme

[img:ElliottG_0.jpg|Elliott Gue,
Energy & Income
]18 February 2013 - In the US, reports of the death of King Coal by regulation may well be premature, says Elliott Gue in the Energy & Income Advisor. While the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pursuing new regulations aimed at reducing the country’s domestic coal usage, many utilities are burning natural gas as a base load fuel instead of coal simply because natural gas is now dirt-cheap in the US.

Nuclear expensive to build, cheap to run

[img:nuclear_power.thumbnail.jpg| ]15 February 2013 - Greg Kaser, part of the supply chain working group of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) says there is no silver bullet when it comes to increasing faith in nuclear energy. “Public concern has risen and ebbed since the 1960s and major accidents have reinforced a negative perspective on civil nuclear technology. But the biggest hurdle remains investor confidence,” he says.

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