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Eskom insists renewable energy not an option

23 November 2016 1:10 PM

Eskom has announced that it will go ahead with nuclear plan despite new information suggesting it will only be needed by 2037.

Eskom head of power generations Matshela Koko says renewable energy is not an option.

Yesterday Eskom told Parliament that they plan to issue requests for nuclear power proposals before year end, despite a new proposal that new nuclear energy should only begin in 2037.

What I do know now is that the system that has 150 000 megawatts of renewables is not a stable system.

Matshela Koko, Eskom head of power generations

Everyone who runs around making noise cannot come and you that that system is stable. Why must we plan on the system that is not stable.

Matshela Koko, Eskom head of power generations

Energy expert and MD of EE Publishers ,Chris Yelland, says there is a space for renewables, as much as he believes there is space for nuclear, gas, coal, solar and other primary energy options.

The planning process has been highly politicised by the Department of Energy and Eskom.

The problem at the moment is that there isn't a proper rational planning process.

Chris Yelland, energy expert and MD of EE Publishers

It is strange that the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, which comprises a wide and diverse range of scientists, engineers, business people and industrialists, has made a certain recommendation to the minister that the base case should be an unrestrained least cost.

Chris Yelland, energy expert and MD of EE Publishers

Economist at Nascence Advisory and Research, Xhanti Payi, says it is difficult to see how nuclear power can be funded.

Listen to the audio below to hear more about nuclear power...


23 November 2016 1:10 PM