Generation

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.

New Uganda mini-hydro dam switches on today

[img:Ishasha_0.jpg|Water falling from
the Ishasha Mini-Hydro
Power plant in Kanungu
]Kampala, Uganda --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 November 2011 - The Ishasha Mini Hydro Power Plant in Kanungu District of Uganda will be switched on to the national grid today as the country grapples with power outages.

The 6.5 megawatts (MW) mini-hydropower dam, construction of which began in June 2008, is expected to be commissioned by President Museveni amid expectations that the increased load-shedding will be reduced in the south-western region of the country.

ZESA renounces power deal with the Chinese

[img:Zesco%20-da_0.jpg|Kariba, as seen from
the Zimbabwean side
]Harare, Zimbabwe --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 November 2011 - The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, (ZESA) has renounced the memorandum of understanding clandestinely signed between the Zimbabwean treasury and Chinese conglomerate Sino Hydro for the expansion of the Kariba South hydro-electric power project, opting for a more transparent tender process.

U.N. Secretary-General calls for help with energy in Africa

[img:Moon%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|United Nations
Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon
]New York, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 21 November 2011 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater support of efforts to provide 600 million people in Africa with affordable and sustainable energy to help the continent accelerate social and economic development.

Nigeria heading for total darkness

[img:Darkness_0.jpg|Nigeria’s PHCN ‒
literally at a
standstill
]Abuja, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 18 November 2011 - It is only a matter of days before the entire country is thrown into total darkness, following a strike embarked on by workers in the Nigerian power sector.

Already, most states of the federation are in darkness with access to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) services across the country impossible as a result of the protest.

Eskom says maintenance will not cause power cuts

[img:Outages%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Major maintenance
at Eskom power stations
will not cause power cuts
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 17 November 2011 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings has promised that major maintenance work at its power stations will not cause power cuts.

Reporting this undertaking, “Times Live” said that the power utility had stressed the importance of reducing electricity demand during the maintenance work.

Massive investment to secure Egyptian power until 2027

[img:Younis%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|One of Egypt’s new power
stations which will ease
the growing energy load
]Cairo, Egypt --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 17 November 2011 - Long- and short-term plans have been drawn up for the establishment of several power stations to add 60,000 megawatts (MW) to the Egyptian national power grid.

Revealing this in an address here, Egyptian minister of electricity Hassan Younis said: “There will also be new extensions and lines up to 245,000km so that the network's generation capacity may be up to 89,000MW by 2027 with investments to the tune of US$110 billion.” He was addressing the conference on boosting Egyptian-Chinese trade and economic cooperation, currently in session in here.

Nigerian government accused of large-scale corruption

[img:Blackout%20wb_0.jpg|The Ikeja Electicity
Distribution Company ‒
assisting the union in its
efforts against corruption
]Lagos, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 November 2011 - Workers in the Nigerian power sector operating under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Workers today accused the federal government of large scale corruption, saying its proposed privatisation exercise was a grand ploy to rip -off the country.

Kenya to build wind-power energy plant

[img:wind.thumbnail.JPG| ]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 November 2011 - Kenyan firm Kinangop Wind Park Limited is planning to generate 60.8 megawatts (MW) of electricity for the country’s national grid by harnessing renewable wind power.

Kenya relies heavily on hydroelectric dams for power, but this has proved inefficient in times of drought. Recent back-to-back incidences of low rainfall have slashed the country's hydropower production, leaving consumers with high electricity bills after producers had turned to more expensive thermal power.

World’s biggest hydropower scheme gathers momentum

[img:Inga%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The existing Inga
dam in the DRC
]Lubumbashi, DRC --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 November 2011 - South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed an agreement and are moving ahead with construction of a major hydroelectric power project, which is said to be able to bring electricity to more than half of the continent's 900 million people.

Malawi plans multi-purpose water infrastructure investment strategy

[img:Malawi%20bu_0.jpg|W.S. Atkins
International Limited
]Lilongwe, Malawi --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 November 2011 - The government of Malawi has appointed British company W.S. Atkins International Limited to help it develop a framework and strategy to advance a multi-purpose water infrastructure investment strategy in the country.

HydroWorld.com quotes the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development as saying that it is looking at multi-purpose dam construction on the Songwe, North Rukuru, Kasitu, Bua, Shire, and Ruo rivers. This includes agricultural applications as well as the possibility of hydropower projects.

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