Seeking cleaner and safer energy solutions

(Information from a media briefing by the **South African Civil Society Information Services - SACSIS).

 

Published in:

Electricity+Control, July 2015 (pages 42 – 44)

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**Please note that since this article was published, Electricity+Control was notified of the closure of SACSIS. However the website remains with a great deal of valuable information.

 

This article summarises a panel discussion that was co-hosted by SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office (FES) on 25 May 2015 which interrogated the question: ‘Why is public opinion indifferent to renewable energy as a solution to South Africa’s electricity crisis?’

Given what we know about the dangers of climate change, our current energy crisis presents the perfect opportunity to ask how we can do things differently; so how can South Africa produce the additional energy that we need in a more responsible and sustainable manner? Instead, the question, which is foremost in South African minds right now is: When are the two new coal fired power stations, Kusile and Medupi, going to come on line so that we stop experiencing power outages? It is an extremely selfish position for an entire nation to be taking

Germany represents a unique example of surprisingly quick change from a very conservative liberal energy policy towards a progressive, sustainable, alternative political approach, ultimately brought about by a conservative liberal government. The German situation is explained in the article.

 

Take note

  • The race for renewable energy has passed its tipping point globally.
  • To stop catastrophic global warming, we have to keep 80 % of our fossil fuels in the ground.
  • Germany is an example of how a country can experience a rigorous turnaround in energy policy.