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International experience suggests South Africa can benefit by focusing on a simple restructuring of its power utility, allowing well-run state-owned entities to flourish.
The hybrid nature of threats to South Africa’s energy infrastructure can only be solved by an integrated solution, including severe sanctions that should include fines and imprisonment.
Making sense of what’s tripping the switch on South Africa’s electricity supply.
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Five essential reads on why South Africa is failing to keep the lights on.
South Africa has some of the best solar and wind resources in the world.
Considering South Africa’s climatic advantage, the fraction of electricity generated from renewable energy technologies is low.
If South Africa fails to implement the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, it will lead to the demise of Eskom as an energy producer as users turn to alternative electricity sources.
It’s now cheaper for Eskom to buy renewable energy from independent power producers than to run its coal power stations.
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South Africa’s renewable energy procurement programme has the potential to restore energy security and eventually reduce power prices.
The solution to the country’s energy problems doesn’t belong to Eskom and the government alone.
Eskom’s CEO talks debt, power cuts and green energy.
Southern African countries have been slow in embracing solar energy but this is changing.
For now, only those who can afford it will be able to escape the power cuts.
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Renewable energy sources won’t make a decisive impact to alleviate South Africa’s power shortage for at least five years.
Using LED lights in schools can drastically reduce the rate of electricity usage and costs.
Replacing fluorescent lights with efficient LED alternatives is the single best way to cut schools’ electricity costs.
The first two of 24 new solar and wind farms under construction were completed in February but there’s still a long way to go to boost electricity supply.
When South Africa finally emerges from COVID-19 inadequate electricity supply will be once again rear its head.
Most proposed solutions don’t address the systemic problems facing Eskom, in particular its parlous finances.
The deluge of opinions and proposed solutions to South Africa’s energy crisis reflects corporate and political interests.
Load shedding has stopped in South Africa over the last year but that doesn’t mean the country’s power problems are all gone.
It would be better to proactively restructure South Africa’s electricity sector to spur innovation and investment and reduce costs before another crisis hits and further derails the economy.
South Africa hasn’t veered away from nuclear as an energy option, but President Jacob Zuma signalled a slowdown.
President Zuma indicated a welcome slowdown in the South African government’s stated intention to invest in nuclear power plants.
The Herbert solar plant in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The panels face the sun squarely and constantly.
Solar power is a key piece of South Africa’s energy puzzle.