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Investigating the Current and Future Roles of Paraffin in South Africa

"This study has explored the topic of current and future paraffin use by low-income households in South Africa and particularly issues around its desirability and necessity as part of the household fuel mix. As part of this, the viability of alter...

Towards a Green Energy Revolution in Africa: Reflections on Waste-to-Energy Projects

"The twin processes of urbanisation and industrialisation are positively correlated with waste generation and energy consumption. Sadly, the global reliance on fossil fuels has contributed not only to new challenges of global warming, but also to ...

Lesotho Highlands: Water Woes or Win-Wins?

"The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has been acknowledged as a feat of engineering excellence; the real achievement being to use gravity tunnels and dams to divert the river from its natural flow (towards Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape)...

Energy Futures Modelling for African Cities – Selecting a Modelling Tool for the SAMSET Project

One of the first steps of the SAMSET project - which support six African cities in three countries - is to develop an evidence base of their energy systems to support scenario-based planning exercises to explore the impacts of different sustainabl...

What does the Current NAMA-Space in South Africa Look Like?

"Internationally South Africa is regarded as a leader in Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) development, but is this actually the case? Similarly to other countries, South Africa has yet to formally submit a NAMA to the United Nations...

Challenges of Energy Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa

"This study analyzed the determinants of electricity access in developing countries and, particularly examined why Sub Saharan Africa has been relatively unsuccessful in providing electricity to its population, despite reforms in the electricity s...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 No 3

This issue comprises several articles and conference papers. The first article: A case study of climate variability effects on wind resources in South Africa(page 2) studies and compares the wind speed distribution in two different locations. The ...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 no 4

This issue comprises several articles. The first article “The sensitivity of the South African industrial sector’s electricity consumption to electricity price fluctuations” proposes that the price elasticity of industrial electricity demand varie...

Infrastructures Africaines: Quelles Opportunités de Financement? / African Infrastructure: What are the funding opportunities?

The inadequate amount of infrastructure on the African continent is the first thing that strikes you as you contemplate the state thereof on the continent, compared to the needs. The situation is worse in the energy sector. Thirty African countrie...

Botswana's Coal: Dead in the Water or Economic Game Changer?

Botswana possesses substantial coal deposits of 212 billion tonnes, the majority of which are low grade. Under favourable conditions, and until solar power becomes a feasible option for supplying baseload electricity, this coal could be either ex...

Situational Analysis of Energy Industry, Policy and Strategy for Kenya

With regards to its domestic energy requirements, Kenya is in a very interesting development phase. In the past decade the country has grappled with the challenge of unreliable, expensive and unsustainable energy use supporting a stagnating indus...

Electricity Sub-Sector Brief

"This ZIPAR Quarterly pull-out presents quick insights on Zambia’s power crisis and the firm-level costs and provides a synopsis of the Electricity Sub-Sector Industry in Zambia."

Energetic Dialogues in South Africa : The Inga Example

"Studies of major hydropower projects such as that at the Grand Inga Dam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) stress generation capacity and call for regional integration. They make little reference, however, to the potential for co-opera...

Off-Grid or 'off-on':Lack of Access, Unreliable Electricity Supply Still Plague Majority of Africans

Rolling blackouts may make headlines; a complete lack of electricity infrastructure usually doesn’t. Both are part of Africa’s electricity deficit, a major obstacle to human and socioeconomic development with pernicious effects on health (think of...

The Impact of Stranding Power Sector Assets in South Africa Using a linked model to understand economy-wide implications

The potential impacts of stranded power sector assets in South Africa is highlighted in this paper, using a partially linked energy and economic model to examine the effect of increased mitigation targets for the risks of stranded assets and there...

Poverty and Environmental Quality in the Niger Delta Region : Dependence on Biomass Fuels as the Source of Household Energy

This study analyzed the relationship between poverty and environmental quality in the Niger Delta Region. It focuses on determining how population growth has affected forest and non-forest resource exploitation in the Niger Delta Region; establish...

Exploring Economic Growth Potential through Infrastructure Collaboration: The Case of Kenya and Sudan

"The paper is organized as follows. After the introductory note, section two will briefly outline some salient features of the Kenyan and Sudanese economies, particularly their energy structure. The third section will briefly review the literature...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 27 No.2

This journal features several articles on renewable energy. On page 1 -A literature review on the potential of renewable electricity sources for mining operations in South Africa – analyzes the potential of renewable electricity sources for mining...

Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Achieving Universal Access to Electricity in South Africa

"Climate change, energy security and achieving universal electricity access for all households are all pressing issues that South Africa must address. These objectives need not be trade-offs, however, and achieving electricity access for the poor ...

Measuring the Rebound Effect of Energy Efficiency Initiatives for the Future: A South African Case Study

"This document represents an addendum to the report entitled “Measuring the rebound effect of energy efficiency initiatives for the future – A South African case study”, which was completed in March 2010. The addendum summarises the outcomes of a ...

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