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?

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Opposition to fracking is not leftist or anti-development

Saliem Fakir BDLive 3 July 2013.

Cape Town in August 2011. Picture: THE TIMES

SIMON Lincoln Reader has become the latest proponent of fracking. In his column on BDlive, he rails against environmentalists, bunching them all as left-leaning. His generalisations are quite a stretch.

As much as Jonathan Deal, chairman of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group — whom Reader criticises in one of his columns — is a public spokesman for anti-fracking activists, he is not exactly what leftists would call left. He has no tradition in leftist politics and would say so himself, even if some the issues he takes up are of interest to the left…

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Rosatom awaits SA govt decision on nuclear power

Engineering News 28 June 2013.

Russian State-owned nuclear company Rosatom was awaiting the South African government’s decision regarding the nuclear aspect of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2010), as well as Russia’s role in this regard, deputy director-general Kirill Komarovsaid on Thursday.

In April, the South African government indicated that it was set on pursuing its plan, contained in the IRP2010, to construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs) and increase the country’s amount of nuclear-generated electricity to 9.6 GW by 2030. This is in part to help meet South Africa’s growing electricity needs and to reduce the country’s high greenhouse-gas emissions…

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Eskom cuts power to BHP smelter to save energy

Mail and Guardian 26 June 2013.

An agreement between state-run Eskom and BHP allows the utility to interrupt power to the latter’s energy-intensive smelters if the national grid approaches a tipping point.

“We did interrupt supply to one of the BHP Billiton units for a time, but still have emergency reserves available,” Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe said on Tuesday. She also said Eskom ran gas turbines that it activates when supply is tight.

Eskom said on Monday the power reserve margin for the evening was expected to be extremely tight at 29 megawatts (MW), or just 0.08% of available power…

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SA’s energy resources key for economic growth

Engineering News 24 June 2013.

South Africa, with its vast renewable energy resources such as solar power, has the potential to become one of the world’s fastest growing economic hubs, said Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Delivering the keynote address at the South African Youth Council-organised South African Green Energy Youth Summit on Monday, Motlanthe said South Africa’s future energy plans provided for a significant departure from the global paradigm. However, this did not mean that South Africa would abandon coal as a source of energy…

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South African mandatory GHG reporting system to be implemented in 2014

Urban Earth 14 June 2013.

he Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) expects to implement a mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting system in South Africa in 2014 says Jongikhaya Witi, Director of the Climate Change Monitoring & Evaluation Unit at the DEA.

According to the National Climate Change Response White Paper companies and entities that emit more than 100,000 tonnes of GHGs annually or that consume electricity that results in more than 100,000 tonnes of emissions from the electricity sector will be required to report on their GHG emissions in the new system…

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