'We must not mislead people, create the notion that renewable energy is cheap'

On Monday, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and non-profit organisationTransform RSA successfully obtained an urgent court interdict to block Eskom from signing 27 renewable energy contracts, in its efforts to prevent the closure of power plants.

The High Court in Pretoria ordered the energy minister to give an undertaking not to sign agreements with the independent power producers until a full hearing in court.

Stephen Grootes spoke to the president of transform RSA Adil Nchabeleng and Terrence Govender of the South African Renewable Energy Council, to find out more.

I think we must not mislead people and create the notion that renewable energy is cheap. It is not cheap. Eskom has to cross-subsidise the cost that it loses in terms of purchasing from IPPs and that cost has to be passed on to the workers and the consumers bear the entire risk.

Adil Nchabeleng, Transform RSA President

Right now the IPPs are not at the cost where we are looking at it and it is not even comparable to coal which we have in abundance.

Adil Nchabeleng, Transform RSA president

Currently energy costs in South Africa are exorbitant. We want the poor to have access to proper energy, as well as guaranteed energy at a cost-effective rate. And not only that, the workers must be able to afford the power in the country.

Adil Nchabeleng, Transform RSA president

Nchabeleng has denied that his organisation is a front for the Gupta family.

I have no knowledge of the Guptas. I have never met the Guptas personally and from time to time whenever people want to dismiss whatever we have to say in terms of its content reliability, we will always be brushed off as Guptas.

Adil Nchabeleng, President of transform RSA

Instead of looking at the merits of our applications, people start painting us as (such) an organisation...

Adil Nchabeleng, Transform RSA president

Click on the link below to hear the response from The South African Renewable Energy Council's Terrence Govender....


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Former ANC MP 'happy' to testify in Zuma trial

Former ANC MP 'happy' to testify in Zuma trial

The state has listed 207 witnesses who will testify in the trial which includes former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein.

702 and Eyewitness News bid farewell to Stephen Grootes after 15 years

702 and Eyewitness News bid farewell to Stephen Grootes after 15 years

Grootes aired his final show with the Radio 702 on Thursday.

Safa pledges its support for Danny Jordaan amid rape allegations

Safa pledges its support for Danny Jordaan amid rape allegations

Safa has raised concern over what it says is a "worrying tendency of a trial by the media".

[LISTEN] PA will vote to keep Trollip as mayor after being offered top position

[LISTEN] PA will vote to keep Trollip as mayor after being offered top position

Leanne Williams, Deputy President of Patriotic Alliance has been offered position of deputy mayor.

A big battery may work better than a power plant

A big battery may work better than a power plant

Electricity grids fail if there is more demand than supply. Batteries could fix that.

Electricity prices getting you down? How does free sound?

Electricity prices getting you down? How does free sound?

Suppliers of renewable energy in Germany reduced electricity prices to zero recently.

Popular articles
[WATCH] SANDF tank crashing through crowd goes viral, is this another Mabena?

[WATCH] SANDF tank crashing through crowd goes viral, is this another Mabena?

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] Camera falling from plane into pig pen has social media in stitches

[WATCH] Camera falling from plane into pig pen has social media in stitches

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

Who actually owns this house, some social media users say it belongs to them

Who actually owns this house, some social media users say it belongs to them

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

'If  Statistics SA Council is destroyed it will leave country at disadvantage'

'If Statistics SA Council is destroyed it will leave country at disadvantage'

Former statistician-general Dr Pali Lehohla says if the agency doesn't receive more funding, citizens will be denied information.

'Extreme concerns' about coronavirus making landfall in Africa

'Extreme concerns' about coronavirus making landfall in Africa

The coronavirus has made landfall - and apart from obvious dangers, its effect on the Chinese economy will also hit Africa hard.

An Allan Gray advertisement hits home and a golf resort gets lost

An Allan Gray advertisement hits home and a golf resort gets lost

Andy Rice, branding and advertising expert, tells us what ads caught his fancy and which ones baffled him.

Why EY thinks it's time to start dropping SA’s corporate tax rate

Why EY thinks it's time to start dropping SA’s corporate tax rate

If the corporate tax rate in South Africa gets lowered, would it lead to higher tax collections?

Stats SA Council threatens to resign over lack of funding, frozen posts

Stats SA Council threatens to resign over lack of funding, frozen posts

''If there are no official statistics approved by the statistician general - at that point I think your rates agencies will just say Game Over.''

Gauteng Transport Department to offer taxi drivers advanced driving lessons

Gauteng Transport Department to offer taxi drivers advanced driving lessons

MEC Jacob Mamabolo says a pilot study with Putco buses on Moloto road and there has been some improvement.

'Are you abusing your wife?' Mamabolo asks Malema in Parly

'Are you abusing your wife?' Mamabolo asks Malema in Parly

Julius Malema was in full flight when he agreed to answer a question from ANC MP Boy Mamabolo.