Professor Philip Lloyd, Energy Institute, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
This two-lecture course will look at the energy supply problems that South Africa faces and the possible role renewable energy may play in resolving these problems. It will consider plans to increase the renewable part of our energy supply, according to the government’s integrated resource plan, IRP2010. It will explain why there is presently a large component of nuclear energy in IRP2010, and why there are calls to revise IRP2010 urgently. The relation between energy supply and economic growth, and energy supply and job creation, will be explored and it will be argued that there may be merit in exploring natural gas as an interim step for reducing our carbon footprint and providing us with the energy that we need to grow.
1. Renewable energy enters our lives
2. The limits to renewables’ growth