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Tshwane / Pretoria residents will pay more for electricity & water

Municipal tariff increases for Tshwane / Pretoria residents came into effect at the beginning of July, the City of Tshwane said on Wednesday. As a result, Pretoria residents’ monthly bills would be higher than in previous months, spokeswoman Nomasonto Ndlovu said in a statement. She said property rates had gone up 12 percent, electricity tariffs […]

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Water: The World’s Next Global Security Threat?

In 1990, the Voyager 1 space probe snapped a photograph of the earth. Made famous as a symbol of our common humanity and of a fragile planet, the image came to be known as the Pale Blue Dot. The dot was blue, of course, because its surface is wholly water. On day five of the […]

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South Africa: Eskom and SA Government responsible for looming water crisis

A water crisis is looming in South Africa, communities are at risk of losing access to water, and coal is right in the middle of it, according to a report released by Greenpeace. This latest briefing is a stark reminder to the SA government to start pushing Eskom to substantially invest in renewable energy.

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Eskom to reduce its water consumption by 260 billion litres

Eskom aims to reduce its water consumption by 260 billion litres a year by 2030. The utility said the alternative technologies used at its new power stations would reduce the water requirement to 270 billion litres by next year. The company would have needed 530 billion litres to operate its coal-fired stations had the new […]

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Water Shortages May Leave Energy Producers Dying of Thirst

Utility planners are devising ways in which they would meet the demand for energy during the most pressing times. Short term, they will consider whether they will have to dip into their reserves and longer term, they will calculate whether they have enough generation and transmission. But one thing that those companies are struggling with […]

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South Africa: Save Water & Electricity with the Eskom-Ellies Renewables ‘ShowerHead’ Programme

A new programme from Eskom is set to assist households save electricity – at no cost to the households. Technical Specialist for SESSA (the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa), Robin Thomson, says Eskom has contracted Ellies Renewables, a division of JSE-listed Ellies, to install low flow showerheads and geyser timers to residential households who […]

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South Africa’s water future in a crowded, connected & complex world

The availability of freshwater presents one of the greatest risks to our global economy. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Report 2012 lists a global water supply crisis as the second most important global risk, following shortly on the heels of a major systemic failure of our financial systems.

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Saving Water Saves Electricity

Make the Drops-to-Watts Connection It’s Time for a New Way to Think About Water and Energy With climate change concerns, pervasive droughts, and high energy prices across the country, nearly everyone is

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Power and Water Collide

The power industry has a water addiction, and worse yet, it’s in denial. The fact is that power plants are responsible for 49 percent of all water withdrawals in the United States, more than the combined amount withdrawn for drinking water and agriculture. Why so thirsty? Because power plants need a lot of cooling water. […]

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