South Africa ‘needs to broaden energy supply to include renewables’

Business Day Live

20 March 2013

THE “power crunch” South Africa was experiencing was evidence the country needed to both increase its energy supply, and broaden it to include more flexible energy sources such as renewables, the Word Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet Unit chief Saliem Fakir said on Monday.

South Africa, which has suffered a thin energy reserve for several years, is facing blackouts after software critical to Eskom’s Medupi power plant’s operating system failed three tests, especially as there is no clarity on whether the problem can be fixed.  Read more

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