Fuel prices drop in South Africa

Fuel price adjustment
The Department of Energy herewith informs the public about the fuel prices for March 2016. South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors.
The pump price of petrol 95 Octane and 93 Octane will decrease by 69.00c/l with effect from 02 March 2016. The wholesale price of diesel, 0.05% sulphur and 0.005% sulphur, will increase by 15.00c/l and 14.00c/l respectively and the wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will increase by 17.00c/l and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) will increase by 23.00c/l with effect from 02 March 2016. The maximum retail price of liquid petroleum gas (LPGas) will decrease by 120.00c/kg.
The average international product prices of Petrol decreased whilst Diesel and Illuminating Paraffin increased during the period under review. The crude oil price increased on average compared to the previous pricing period mainly due to rumours that OPEC might cut production.
The Rand strengthened against the US Dollar, on average, when compared to the previous period.
Based on current local, international factors as well as the margin adjustments international factors, the fuel prices for March 2016 in the South African market will be adjusted as follows:
1. Petrol (both 95 and 93 Octane) will decrease by 69.00 cents/litre
2. Diesel (0.05% Sulphur) will increase by 15.00 cents/ litre.
3. Diesel (0.005% Sulphur) will increase by 14.00 cents/ litre
4. Illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) will increase by 23.00 cents/litre.
5. Illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will increase by 17.00 cents/litre.
6. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will decrease by 120.00 cents/kilogram.
The pricing schedule for all the pricing zones will be published on Tuesday, 01 March 2016.
Johannes Mokobane
Email: johannes.mokobane@energy.gov.za
Tel: 012 406 7481 or Cell: 082 766 3674

Rolling Out Decentralised Renewable Energy Solutions

Demographic forces of youthful population growth and turbulent population displacements on the one hand, and a global economy to be weaned off its traditional reliance on fossil fuel power generation on the other, within the constraints of the COP21 agreements, are driving the problems of universal access to energy, water and food. This is against a slow economic terrain where low oil prices simultaneously sap incentive to switch to Renewable Energy (RE) and deprive oil-exporting countries of the revenue to invest in RE power generation. Citizens increasingly realise that they can no longer rely on governments to provide or create jobs, and that “self-help” is a precondition to improving livelihoods. Because of their greater vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters, developing countries often look helpless; but decentralised RE technologies (RETs) can literally empower them.

The African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) is an online platform for self-help. Created to accelerate the uptake of Renewable Energy in Africa, it was formed in Ethiopia in 2009, after a strategy conference convened by the World Future Council, the Alliance for Rural Electrification and the Heinrich Boëll Stiftung. It has now grown organically to more than 2,200 members from 101 countries.  Its membership by sector is 7% Policy, 60% Business, 18% Academia and 15% Civil Society. Its top 10 countries by number of members are Nigeria, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Germany, United States, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and France.  It is run by a 15-person Steering Committee representing Africa and the Rest of the World.

The information exchange which takes place on the AREA member intranet enables users to promote their ideas, events, services, products and tools, and to seek collaborators.  AREA’s activities and resources, such as its 2012 Bellagio Conference and library, have successfully harnessed international and intra-African expertise. As nations embark on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the prospects of multi-billion-dollar funding to fight global warming, we all need to ensure that the money is directed towards transformational change.  Announcements of signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for multi gigawatt projects and associated gifts, in Nigeria and Kenya, have raised the spectre of past predilections for large projects.  Stakeholders must ensure that governments are not inveigled into “gung ho” commitments.

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has shown the scale and speed with which RETs can be deployed on-grid and be, crucially, 100% financed by the country’s private sector, mainly from local resources while avoiding “white elephant” projects.

The challenge for Decentralised RETs now, is to demonstrate not only that they also can be rolled out speedily and at scale, but that they can deliver tangible community benefits, resilience, and socio-economic development; and for a fraction of the cost of grid-extension.

Anthony O Ighodaro

Anthony Ighodaro is Chair of the Steering Committee of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), and a director of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).  This article was first published in the ARE newsletter of 24 February 2016.

Visit African Renewable Energy Alliance – AREA at: http://area-network.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Off-Peak Energy Consumption

Use energy at night.
Peak energy usage is between 4-6PM. Running dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers later at night will reduce strain on the power grid and keep the house cooler in summer.
On and Off
OFF is your friend.
Anything you plug in not only uses electricity, it generates heat. So get in the  habit of turning off lights, TVs, and other devices when you leave a room, especially in warmer weather. An added benefit – it will put less strain on your  air conditioner resulting in a longer life.