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?


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…

Introducing the Smart report

Smart Electricity Planning report

The Electricity Governance Initiative believes that an electricity planning approach is called for that has the capacity to make the necessary adjustments timeously, that seeks to address key socio-economic challenges for improved livelihoods and that sets out to protect dwindling ecosystems services.

This report aims to provide a fresh look at South Africa’s electricity demand, reviews available energy conservation and efficiency technologies for key economic sectors and seeks to debunk the outdated belief that South Africa’s electricity supply can only be satisfied affordably and reliably using utility-scale coal and nuclear power.



We’ve prepared a series of fact sheets and executive summary for easy access. Click on the image to download the document.













Archbishop Emiritus Desmond Tutu supports EGI’s Smart Energy Plan

EGI-SA 11 December 2012.

The Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa (EGI-SA) has spent two years analysing the country’s electricity needs and is in the process of completing a preliminary report intended to present clear recommendations to government. The Smart Electricity plan outlines a common sense proposal for taking us forward on all fronts: it will make us healthier, more competitive, increase employment and enhance the economy’s resilience in the face of a shifting climate and shifting global economic priorities.

Here is an endorsement of the plan from Archbishop Emiritus Desmond Tutu (YouTube video of about 3 mins duration) : http://youtu.be/DWotBjcY7zo

For further information click here (or go to the main menu of this blog)

Smart Electricity Project – Introductory presentation

EGI-SA 12/12/12


Planning and building a modern infrastructure for South Africa


The Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa (EGI-SA) is a collaborative partnership between a number of civil society organisations and is also more informally associated with other civil society groups. Our primary aim is to build a roadmap towards a positive electricity future for South Africa, by:

  • Producing analyses and research to inform decision-making processes,
  • Building the capacity of civil society to engage in these processes,
  • Advocating for transparent, inclusive governance that results in legitimate decisions that uphold public interests.

Out of our collaborative explorations, we determined the need to develop an innovative electricity plan that could be used to deepen and widen public understanding of the issues, and inspire greater engagement in determining our electricity future.  Out of this, Smart was birthed with much work over the last few months.

We would like to emphasise that what we are presenting today is a small taste of our preliminary findings, which are meant to draw attention to the fact that we have found sufficient evidence to call for an urgent revision of the IRP 2010. We plan to continue discussions with a broad spectrum of role players to continue to develop our findings, and we are working on finalising concrete recommendations to be ready early in 2013.

Here is the full text to go with the presentation below:

Smart Electricity presentation – text – 29Nov2012

Presentation: Smart Electricity presentation 29Nov2012