The ongoing Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPPP) programme is attracting attention from the social sciences. The programme’s mandated community development investment challenges industry practice in project development and implementation. Increasingly, academic attention grows in support of industry, civil… Read moreNetworking seminar – Economic and community development through the REIPPPP
Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network, recently released areport highlighting Africa’s electricity challenges. Power shortages can hamper socioeconomic development, but they also have implications for health and education. The Conversation Africa’s energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel spoke to Peter… Read moreWhat lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies?
The morning started with clear skies in sunny Cape Town, but after we reached the Overberg, the mist appeared and the clouds gathered. It was raining hard and was very windy as we reached the Dassiesklip Wind Farm near Caledon;… Read moreThe pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Dassiesklip Wind Farm
South Africa has made domestic and international commitments to climate change mitigation. But the country continues to depend on coal-fired power plants, which provide 92% of its electricity. A key challenge for the country in dealing with electricity shortages is… Read moreWhy South Africa is finding it difficult to wean itself off coal
By Inga Vesper Water shortages and a warmer climate could slash the efficiency of power plants in coming decades, meaning developing countries must prepare their power systems to cope, researchers warn. Using data on water-dependent power plants and climate change… Read moreClimate change jeopardises electricity supply
Almost half of all Peru’s greenhouse gas emissions come from forestry, and other land use or land use changes. These activities also contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth and development. Global efforts to encourage clean development in developing countries… Read moreDocumentation on ‘Agroforestry systems as CER providers: an analysis for the Peruvian Amazon region’ by IIAP
What are the implications for South Africa of the Paris Agreement on climate change? Here is my initial take, following an earlier assessment of the contents of the Agreement The Paris Agreement is characterised by much broader participation than the… Read moreWhat might the Paris Agreement mean for South Africa?
Late on Saturday 12 December, a new Climate Agreement was adopted in Paris. Here is my take on the key elements. Be warned, it is a longish read – but then climate is a complex, super-wicked problem. And solving it… Read moreParis Agreement: after climbing a great hill, many more to climb
Renewable energy is finally a reality in South Africa’s electricity mix. The government’s renewable energy programme has procured 92 solar, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Some of these are already feeding into the national grid. Others meanwhile are in various… Read morePower to the people: renewable energy projects must be a collaborative effort
A 2014 ERC research report: Procurement models applied to independent power producer programmes in South Africa found that the pending procurement of the 9600MW IRP2010 nuclear build allocation estimated to have a price tag of up to R1 trillion, was… Read moreSA nuclear power procurement