NewEnergyNews: South Africa To Move From Coal, Nuclear To New Energy

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    Friday, August 31, 2018

    South Africa To Move From Coal, Nuclear To New Energy

    Renewable energy to replace nuclear power in South Africa

    30 August 2018 (Climate Action)

    “The South African Government has approved a draft [plan] to increase renewable energy generation…Jacob Zuma, the former President, had proposed expanding the nuclear power sector by adding new nuclear capacity in excess of 9 gigawatt…[But after a vote of no confidence, he] was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa…[His cabinet] approved the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP 2018) which will increase renewable energy capacity and… only 1 gigawatt worth of new coal capacity will be added by 2030 and there will be over 15 gigawatt of renewable energy used including hydropower, solar and wind…[A significant reduction in South Africa’s continent-leading greenhouse gas emissions will cause a] change in the energy mix post-2030,] mainly driven by decommissioning of old coal power plants that reach their end of life…[Following the approval of the new plan,] the UK announced plans to invest £56 million into South Africa to develop energy storage technology to help supply secure renewable power in the country…” click here for more

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