Put our resources together and solve the electricity crisis

Cape Times Brenda Martin 9 July, 2013.

PEOPLE are not great at joining the dots between cause and effect, but there is fairly widespread agreement that planning ahead is wise. We plan ahead when we prepare supper, we plan for our children’s education and we buy insurance “just in case” something happens.

But what happens to our planning when uncertainty rules? When unforeseen financial pressures knock over our deck of planning cards – like sudden electricity price hikes or an overnight petrol increase, not to mention water scarcity, turbulence and uncertainty in general?


better coal or bitter coal?

Better Coal is a new initiative established by a group of major utilities to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain, with a specific focus on the mines themselves.

Find out if Better Coal is just another green washing initiative…

Bitter Coal
Bitter Coal is the reaction of the German NGO urgewald (the report is currently only available in German).

Changing the Game

Changing the Game is an educational tool allowing participants to create their own future energy scenario for 2030.

Watch the trailer below, and read more about it…

Project 90 by 2030 supports this game and will cooperate with stakeholders to create a South African version. If you are interested to play or contribute – go to Project 90’s website and drop an email.

SA must do more with the same for its future electricity supply

SOUTH Africa must fast-track its transition to a reliable, modern and affordable electricity supply for all, the Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa says in its recent Smart Electricity Planning report.

The report recognises the need to meet the country’s electricity demand to fulfil its developmental goals despite uncertain global and local economic growth.

Traditionally, electricity planning aims to supply whatever demand arises in the cheapest possible way. Unrestricted access to cheap coal has grown the South African economy, albeit for a restricted part of the population. Such an approach is unsustainable and has a tremendous impact on our natural systems, resulting in threats such as runaway climate change.

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Smarter electricity planning will save South Africa R162 billion in electricity investment says report

Urban Earth 3 June 2013.

Smarter electricity planning will save South Africa R162 billion in electricity investment says report

A study by the Electricity Governance Initiative shows that South Africa’s current expenditure in electricity infrastructure could be significantly reduced (Image credit:danicek / 123RF Stock Photo)
A new report, ‘Smart Electricity Planning’ by the Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa shows that with ’smarter electricity planning’, South Africa could save in the region of R162 billion if smarter expenditure in energy infrastructure was made. The figure comes from a comparison with the country’s current energy future as outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan2010 (IRP2010), a plan that proposes the country’s energy mix for the next two decades. According to the report, the saving would result from a combination of higher levels of energy efficiency; exclusion of nuclear investment; reduction in fossil fuel-based energy investment and; greater investment in renewable energy than that currently allocated in the IRP2010…

Money-saving biogas

SA Alternative Energy Association | 02 June 2013

With the number of people in Africa’s urban centres expected to grow rapidly in the next few decades, municipal waste and its disposal could pose a variety of logistical and public health challenges. Now, researchers at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, are examining how to convert organic waste into biogas, which would alleviate disposal problems and help poor residents, particularly those in informal settlements, save on energy costs.

The number of people living of Cape Town is expected to grow almost 60 percent in the next three decades, according to a projection by the city. Meanwhile, energy prices, including the cost of electricity, have gone up at least 50 percent in the last four years.
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Greenpeace Africa launches 10 kWp rooftop solar system

Idele Esterhuizen | 29 May 2014 | Engineering News

Greenpeace Africa on Wednesday started up a new 10 kWp rooftop solar photovoltaic panel installation at its Johannesburg office, which the organisation’s climate and energy campaigner Ruth Mhlanga said proved the feasibility of renewable energy in South Africa.

The R123 000 installation incorporated 44 solar panels and a grid-tie inverter, which meant it could substitute electricity generated by State-owned Eskom when needed and could allow for excess electricity to be fed back into the grid. Continue reading