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The Long-Term Uptake of Natural Gas in the South African Energy System

Climate change mitigation is the key policy context for considering the role of fossil fuels in the South African energy system in the long term, so the study focuses on the impact on the energy system of an economy-wide carbon constraint, and on...

Comments on the National Pollution Prevention Plans Regulations and the Declaration of Greenhouse Gases as Priority Air Pollutants Gazetted by the Minister of Environmental Affairs in January 2016

The ERC welcomes the introduction of a requirement for pollution prevention plans for large emitters, and the concomitant declaration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) as priority air pollutants, by the South African government. Identifying GHG as priori...

A Roadmap Framework for Solar Aided Power Generation in South Africa

A step towards engaging with the relevant stakeholders to promote the integration of solar aided power generation is provided in this paper. This was done by: (i) reviewing the literature to examine the concept of road mapping, the approaches uti...

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in South Africa

"This report is part of the global Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), which aims to understand and demonstrate how countries can transition to a very low-carbon economy. The DDPP is a collaborative global initiative composed of leading ...

The Political Economy of Decarbonisation: Exploring the Dynamics of South Africa’s Electricity Sector

This paper presents an in-depth and historical analysis of the key features of South Africa’s electricity sector and the stakeholders and beneficiaries operating within it. An exploration of the sector’s structure and governance is included; the s...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 26 No.3

This journal comprises several articles and conference papers. The first article on page 2 is entitled: Reliability benefit of smart grid technologies: A case for South Africa by Angela Masembe. This study identifies a number of smart grid techno...

Energy Management News Volume 21 No 3

The first article entitled: Local PV modules to play a key role in the REIPPP Round 4 on page 1 discusses the manufacturing of PV Models and in Enertis’ opinion, the future performance of the PV plants operating across South Africa depends on seve...

Energy Management News Volume 21 No 1

Some of the articles in this issue has the following headlines: Enertis performs commissioning of the 94 MWp Acciona’s Sishen PV plant in South Africa (page 1), Energy efficiency industry has been created to the detriment of entrepreneurship (pag...

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement: A New Frontier

In South Africa regular load shedding has been taking place since mid-2014 and is now predicted to last until 2018. The country faces its worst electricity supply side crisis in 40 years. The construction of two coal-fired power plants, Medupi and...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 26 No.2

The first article “Suppressed demand in the clean development mechanism: conceptual and practical issues” studies the challenges of the application of greenhouse gas emission accounting in poor communities. “Proposal for improved nuclear fuel util...

Renewable Energy Choices and Water Requirements in South Africa

"South Africa (SA) is an arid country, where water supply is often obtained from distant sources. There is also increasing pressure on the limited water resources due to economic and population growth, with a concomitant increase in the energy req...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 No 3

This issue comprises several articles and conference papers. The first article: A case study of climate variability effects on wind resources in South Africa(page 2) studies and compares the wind speed distribution in two different locations. The ...

Water Considerations in Selecting Energy Technologies

The principle aim in this workshop was to provide an opportunity to gather insights into managing the water-energy nexus from business. This also included national and provincial government, and water and energy practitioners and researchers. It ...

The Social Shaping of Nuclear Energy Technology in South Africa

The main controversies and coalitions in favour of and in opposition to the South African nuclear build programme was analyzed in this document. The coalition’s structure and the main arguments in the debate can explain why the South African gover...

The Potential of Electric Vehicles to Contribute to South Africa’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets and other Developmental Objectives How Appropriate is the Investment in Electric Vehicles as a NAMA?

"Transport consumes 28% of final energy in South Africa, 97% of which is in liquid fuels, and subsequently contributes 13.1% of South Africa’s greenhouse gas(GHG)emissions. The sector is vital for economic development. As the demand for transport...

Sustainable Development Planning in South Africa: a Case of Over-Strategizing?

"Cross-governmental planning and coordinating policies are among the main challenges for sustainable, low carbon development. Why is sustainable development planning so ineffective? How can governments plan and coordinate public policy interventio...

Comments on the Carbon Tax Policy Paper issued by National Treasury in May 2013

"Climate change is real and already being observed – and it is a problem with some specific features. Climate change is a long-term problem requiring urgent solutions. For South Africa and globally, it is primarily an energy problem, that is, redu...

Investigating the Current and Future Roles of Paraffin in South Africa

"This study has explored the topic of current and future paraffin use by low-income households in South Africa and particularly issues around its desirability and necessity as part of the household fuel mix. As part of this, the viability of alter...

South African Approaches to Measuring, Reporting and Verifying: A Scoping Report

"The South African government announced its intention to make emissions data reporting mandatory for emitters of more than a 0.1Mt of greenhouse gases per year in the 2011 National Climate Change Response White Paper. The government intends to est...

Biofuel Policies in South Africa: A Critical Analysis

"In 2007 the South African government released the country’s National Biofuels Industrial Strategy targeting a biofuels market penetration of 2% of liquid road transport fuels by 2013. Contrary to the international situation, the main driver ...

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