No new nuclear power ‘till 2030 (but coal continues and fracking is on its way)

Renewable energy (pixabay.com, 2018)

Absolutely! [When asked if common sense has now prevailed.]

Nelisiwe Magubane

We don’t have to choose between cheap and clean… because renewables have been cheaper than coal for some time now.

Robyn Hugo

New nuclear power stations are off the table at least until 2030.

That is according to the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), released by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe on Monday.

Instead, renewable energy will be the main focus.

Radebe says Government plans to make gas South Africa’s second-largest source of energy.

There are, however, no plans to reduce the country’s reliance on coal.

The Energy Ministry is, according to Radebe, working on legislation that will pave the way for fracking.

Electricity demand in South Africa is 30% lower than anticipated when the first resource plan was published in 2010.

Electricity consumption is still falling and currently sits at a level similar to 2007.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield spoke to Robyn Hugo of the Centre for Environmental Rights and Eskom board member Nelisiwe Magubane.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

In terms of cost, the two coal IPPs are cost-competitive when compared with Medupi and Kusile… they’re definitely are not cost-competitive when compared with renewables…

Nelisiwe Magubane

This is a better draft, but our biggest concern is the inclusion of coal… We have safer, cheaper, far cleaner options available.

Robyn Hugo

We’ve got such a large surplus of energy…

Robyn Hugo

Renewable energy technology… is continuously getting cheaper... We don’t have to choose between cheap and clean… because renewables have been cheaper than coal for some time now.

Robyn Hugo

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