2020 – Issue 3

energy trading

The benefits of cross-border renewable energy trading

Linking resources together would enable renewable energy trading between SSA countries, writes Energy and Economic Growth programme director Simon Trace.
Wärtsilä: Hybrid projects are a competitive solution for South Africa

Hybrid energy solutions

This article on hybrid energy solutions is an extract from the Investment & Impact Report published in advance of the Africa Energy Forum 2020.

Golden age for Africa’s national and regional energy transition

This article, which first appeared in the Africa Energy Yearbook 2020, explores regional energy transition and provides case studies.

Ethiopia breaking ground in geothermal vision

Although Ethiopia is heavily reliant on hydropower generation, government plans to exploit 1,000MW of geothermal potential by 2030.
Surprising trends influencing solar PV technology

The challenge: Financing utility-scale solar PV using bifacial technology

Bifacial solar technology results in an overall increase in energy generation of the asset, but also calls for unique financing writes UL.

Practice and experience: Power industry reform

State Grid Corporation of China reflects on China’s power industry reform to present a new perspective for consideration.

How digitalisation is reshaping the energy sector

Digitalisation is making inroads into every sector and energy is not immune to this disruption. This article explores what this transformation actually means for the electricity network.

The nitty-gritty of big data-based analytical tools and standardising

Big data analytics enables the energy utility sector to optimise power generation and planning. But this is not always a smooth sailing practice.
energy poverty

Urban energy poverty needs a smart resolution

Can smart energy solutions increase access to electricity and therefore reduce energy poverty? Energy expert Peta Wolpe, addresses this topic.
Eskom wins case to cut electricity supply to non-paying customers

Analyses of free electricity as a social relief measure

By mid-April 2020, 13 African countries had announced free electricity as part of their COVID-19 crisis for poor households.

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