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D-Day for public comment on the Govt’s proposed Energy Plan amidst Cabinet reshuffle chaos

NEWS RELEASE 31 MARCH 2017 D-DAY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED ELECTRICITY PLAN AMIDST CABINET RESHUFFLE CHAOS  The Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Zuma last night saw both the Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan – who has been adamant that the country would not finance nuclear if it was unaffordable – and his deputy […]

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Scrap nuclear power, expand renewable energy sources, urges Archbishop Makgoba

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, has appealed to the South African government to scrap plans for developing nuclear energy and instead to spend the money on education, training and other development initiatives. The archbishop said in a statement issued from the church’s Synod of Bishops today: “The Synod of […]

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Is nuclear energy really the ‘cheapest source of electricity’?

The South African government’s nuclear ambitions are controversial. But are they likely to provide the country with the “cheapest source of electricity”, as claimed by the national power utility’s CEO? Researched by Vinayak Bhardwaj* The South African government’s nuclear ambitions have been dogged by controversy with questions about the secrecy surrounding procurement discussions and the […]

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‘Rogue’ power firm threatens fastest renewable expansion

Paul Burkhardt & Mike Cohen* Opposition from state power utility Eskom and government infighting threaten to sabotage the world’s fastest-growing green energy programme. Eskom is stalling on signing government-brokered deals to buy renewable energy from private producers, encouraged to develop capacity after outages over the past eight years. With the economy in the doldrums, the […]

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Revealed: The CSIR’s outlook for South Africa’s future electricity mix

By Chris Yelland, published in the Daily Maverick In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power capacity and energy mix from 2016 to 2040. By CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor, EE Publishers. The […]

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Open letter to Ministers on Eskom

SAFCEI was one of the 28 organisations that signed on to this open letter sent to the Ministers of Energy, Public Enterprises, Environmental Affairs and Health, asking them to ensure Eskom’s compliance with obligations to protect the environment and human health. NGO open letter to Ministers on Eskom_6 Sept 2016

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Tail wagging the dog

Eskom’s position regarding the advent of renewable energy is worrisome. Alarm bells rang when we heard of the call by the utility for a halt to further renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs). Does this signal a preference for the more costly nuclear build programme? South Africa has taken a policy decision to invest in renewables. This […]

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