OPINION Wind & Solar Are Always Ruinously Expensive

  A very similar plan was actually implemented in South Australia and shows us what to expect in the real world. Driven by green ideology, South Australia shut down coal stations, which had been providing cheap, reliable electricity, and built a lot of wind turbines and some solar power. Australia, unlike us, has an abundance of cheap gas. The result was soaring electricity prices to final customers and two total state black-outs. At one point in July 2016, the price of electricity reached $14/kWh. This is R140/kWh. Their IRP’s “least…

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Renewable energy programme will not collapse Eskom

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the independent power producer (IPP) programme. Responding to oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday, the President said the IPPs would not collapse Eskom. He said the power utility’s headwinds are as a result of a number of factors – from State capture to poor maintenance of its power plants. “The severe financial and operational challenges currently being experienced by Eskom are not caused by the independent power producers programme, and…

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Smart grid technology to change the face of energy

South Africa needs to move with speed in deploying smart grid technologies if it is to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says the Department of Energy. Addressing the South African National Energy Development Institute’s (SANEDI) breakfast held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday, the department’s acting Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Clean Energy, Mokgadi Modise, called on the sector to catch up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “With the Fourth Industrial Revolution advancing faster, we too need to move with speed to intensify the deployment of…

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