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2018 – Issue 2

ESI Africa Edition 2 2018

Has the digital utility arrived on African shores? The concept of a digital utility in the international arena has gained momentum to become the norm. Despite the relatively haphazard implementation, this transition has nevertheless delivered solid...

Site visits make it practically perfect!

In addition to the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition, the organisers have secured tantalising technical site visits to add a third dimension to the event that provides delegates an opportunity...
Nuclear power

The Big Question: nuclear energy build programme

Energy security concerns and carbon emission constraints on fossil fuel have put nuclear power back on the agenda for projected new capacity in many countries. The World Nuclear Association states that at the end...
Nored

Adapt or die: integrated electricity vending solutions

The term integrated electricity vending solutions refers to an integrated energy management system primarily for pre-payment solutions. There are, however, a number of vending solutions that also accommodate other settlement models outside of pre...
tariff hikes

Lack of economists poses risk to policy development

In order to attract and train new generation economists, the promotion of quality research and energy role models should be high on the priority list, states Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Associate Professor: Department of Economics, University...
substation

Tracking the pros & cons of air and gas substations

Taking into consideration that the cost of a GIS indoor substation is much higher compared to an AIS substation, it’s handy to have a quick reference guide to the pros and cons of both...

Finally, a solution to eradicate ghost vending!

A sustainable mitigating solution to ghost vending will see the industry adopting STS6 and executing the Token Identifier (TID) rollover process, writes Lance Hawkins-Dady, engineering manager at Conlog. There is a solution at hand to the concerns...

Mauritius – gateway for investment into Africa’s energy sector

In the wake of Mauritius’ 50th anniversary of independence on 12 March, we reflect on what the country has to offer African energy investors in 2018. Mauritius has enjoyed numerous accolades within the business community...
power transmission grid

Why private equity investors remain cautious

In the current global context of increasing amounts of capital chasing fewer attractive deals, and driving down returns in traditional markets, Limited Partners (LPs) are increasingly looking to new markets to achieve their return...

Shared intelligence: Secure your utility’s back door

No utility is safe from the threat of cyber-attacks but all utilities, even in Africa, will benefit from sharing cybersecurity intelligence, writes AUTC Cybersecurity Work Group, South Africa member Matthew Taljaard and co-authors Billy...
Koeberg Unit 2

Nuclear power won’t be silenced

As a believer in the energy mix, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has never been opposed to renewables and our official position is that we need all the energy sources at...

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