New studies form UCT suggests that South Africa should transition from nuclear power plants to cleaner renewable energy. The transition could mean cheaper and a more reliable energy source, as load shedding has increased significantly. Research conducted by the Inclusive Economic Development Program at the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre, suggests the future of South African’s energy source could come from wind and solar energy. The study comes at the right time as the government is trying to find a quick fix to the Eskom crisis South Africans face. Because Eskom has failed to meet the demands with their new coal power plants, Medupi and Kusile, the announcement was made that stage four load shedding would come into effect in March 2019.
The effect of Eskom’s load shedding is costing companies as they’re trying to keep their businesses running without electricity. Now it’s starting to damage the economy. With Election Day just a few weeks away, political parties have made Eskom’s inability to keep the lights on, their top priority.
The Integrated Resource Plan was set by the government which is a long-term arrangement to reduce coal powered energy by as early as 2030. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to SA’s continuous issues with power outages and load shedding. UCT Energy Research Centre states that over time South Africa will adopt an energy mix. The energy mix consists of combining primary energy sources to generate secondary energy.
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