How policy drives the German Energy Transition (Energiewende): lessons for SA

Since 1990, and particularly since Energiewende was launched in 2012, the share of renewable energy (RE) within Germany’s total energy supply has steadily increased. The most significant growth has been evident within the electricity sector, where the RE supply share has grown from a base of less than 5% in 1990, to 28% in 2014. Policy is now aimed at further growing this share to between 40 – 45% by 2025, and to 80% by 2050. How has this growth… Read moreHow policy drives the German Energy Transition (Energiewende): lessons for SA

No economic case for SA nuclear plan – research

There is no economic case to be made for a firm commitment to commissioning a full fleet of 9.6GW of nuclear power by 2030. This is the key finding in a research paper probing the potential risks and uncertainties of the commitment to SA’s proposed nuclear build plan. It reveals that South Africa should aim to have a flexible planning approach to adapt to changing electricity demand. The paper, by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre, compares this… Read moreNo economic case for SA nuclear plan – research

SA nuclear power procurement

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 particularly vulnerable to insufficient transparency. A few days ago (July 13th, 2015) the Department of Energy (DOE) speculated in a media update on the planned nuclear build programme that the price tag could now be estimated at R500 billion. This… Read moreSA nuclear power procurement

Harald Winkler on Nuclear Build

“South Africa could soon spend over R1-trillion on its new nuclear build programme. The president himself is driving the process. Why do our nuclear ambitions seem non-negotiable when energy experts say we don’t need to rush the decision and that nuclear is neither cost effective nor necessary? Carte Blanche asks the hard questions…”

IRP update makes a step-change to informed decision-making

The 2013 update of IRP 2010 is very good technically – and more than that. In several respects, I think it is a significant improvement on the previous electricity plan, moving from presenting a single ‘preferred plan’ to decision-making under uncertainty. Nuclear and concentrating solar power (CSP) are to be reconsidered, in relation to actual demand, shale gas and cost (a threshold for nuclear, and learning for CSP). To explain which document I’m referring to: The Integrated Electricity Plan (IRP… Read moreIRP update makes a step-change to informed decision-making

SANEA LECTURE: The current status of Nuclear Energy in South Africa

Topic: The current status of Nuclear Energy in South Africa Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2013 Time: 17h30 for 18h00 Venue: Engen Petroleum Ltd Conference Centre, Ground Floor Engen Court, Thibault Square, Corner of Riebeeck and Long Street, CAPE TOWN Register / RSVP: Please click here for the online form to register. Register by Friday, 14 June 2013 for catering purposes More info: Please e-mail or call Virosha at the SANEA Secretariat: E-mail: sanea / Tel: (031) 368-8000