The transition to a low carbon future must be rapid, and…

first_img BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Previous articleTanzania: Use of natural gas can boost economic growthNext articlePolitics, if ignored, can put your electricity supply markets in peril Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation Featured image: Stock In response to the interdict sought to stop the signing of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) projects, the Life After Coal Campaign emphasises the urgent need for a rapid, but just transition from coal to a low carbon future.Workers in power stations and coalmines are understandably concerned about what such a transition means for their employment future. Read more: NUMSA applies for interdict to block Eskom from signing IPP contractsCoal workers must have a place in the renewable economy. At the same time, in the context of 40% unemployment and gross inequality in South Africa, a just transition must be about creating a more equal society in which everyone has a place. This is not only the responsibility of government: workers and community groups, particularly those who are affected by the coal economy, should be at the centre of the process.The transformation of the South African national power system has reached a critical moment. Climate change impacts are very evident in the recent country-wide drought, which is ongoing in the Western and Eastern Cape. Impacts will intensify over the next decades. As it is, air pollution from the coal-fired power stations results in early death of thousands of people and in poor health for hundreds of thousands each year.The REIPPPP has contributed towards our national climate change response and our international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Approximately 11.2 Mton of CO2 (carbon dioxide) equivalent emissions have been avoided since the inception of REIPPPP.Circumstances around electricity supply and demand have changed dramatically since the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) was published in 2011. Five units at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations are now on line. Each of those units produce more power than the whole of Eskom’s Komati power station.At the same time, demand for electricity has fallen dramatically, partly because Eskom has driven up the price of power in order to pay for Medupi and Kusile. Indeed, in the recently published National Planning Commission Report on Energy, it was recognised that the time and cost overruns of Medupi and Kusile have resulted in a financial burden for Eskom and eventually end-users through the electricity tariff.  This is why units at the older stations have been put on “cold reserve”.Although these plants are reaching the end of their design lives and Eskom is required to decommission them, Eskom has not announced any plans to do so. Instead, they continue to ask for extensions of time to comply with pollution standards, thereby causing significant harm to the health of the people on the Highveld through ongoing air pollution.While it is difficult to project exact numbers, it is also clear that renewable energy has considerable job creation potential. CSIR research conducted between 2020 and 2050, finds a total of over 2 274 173 direct, indirect, and induced jobs could be created in the wind energy sector.[1] It is important that existing and potential jobs in the renewable energy sector are defended and supported. Moreover, the legally-required decommissioning of coal power plants and rehabilitation of coal mines would also give rise to extensive employment opportunities.There can be no dispute that new renewables are now much cheaper than new coal. Power from the first REIPPPP rounds was indeed expensive in order to kick-start this industry, but costs fell rapidly in subsequent rounds. The latest projects were bid at 62c a kilowatt hour. By contrast, the two coal IPPs have been bid at R1.03/kwh. It is thought that power from Medupi and Kusile will come in at R1.70 and R1.91/kwh respectively.[2] Given Eskom’s precarious financial position, it is simply unsustainable to continue to purchase electricity from a more expensive source if a cheaper one is available.In the REIPPPP process, government reserved renewable energy production for the private sector. The Life After Coal Campaign advocates for a vibrant renewable energy industry in South Africa that includes community and public ownership and benefits. For this reason, in addition to the REIPPPP, the barriers to small-scale, community-based renewable energy investments must be removed to encourage and enable a just transition to renewable energy for the people.  We argue that Eskom itself should play an active role in the just transition and substantially increase its own production of renewable energy as a matter of urgency.Finally, we have repeatedly highlighted the need for broad and comprehensive public participation, with robust engagement with civil society and communities, in energy planning – particularly in relation to the long-awaited IRP.South Africans deserve to be supplied with the cheapest, cleanest electricity available. We therefore firstly call on government to sign the power purchase agreements for the current 27 renewable energy projects as planned. These projects represent only 1.5% of electricity supply, taking the total contribution of renewable energy to electricity supply to just under 5%.Secondly, we call on government and unions to start an urgent, broad-based consultation process to design appropriate measures to prepare the country for the transition away from coal – that is accelerating at a global scale – with a particular focus on support for workers in the coal industry.[1] Paragraph 223 of the answering affidavit of Mark William Pickering, in the interdict application brought Coal Transporters Forum. Case no 42887/17.  CER can make these court papers available on request.[2] See the study by Grové Steyn, Jesse Burton, Marco Steenkamp, 15 November 2017, available at http://meridianeconomics.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Eskoms-financial-crisis-and-the-viability-of-coalfired-power-in-SA_ME_20171115.pdf. Figure 14, at page 44. 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Moore plays for Charlton amid Birmingham City interest

first_imgStriker Montell Moore, released by Brentford on Monday, is training with Championship rivals Charlton Athletic.The 20-year-old played 80 minutes for the Addicks’ development squad in their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace, hours after his contract at Griffin Park had been cancelled.Sky Sports suggested Moore was close to signing for Birmingham City, who had taken him on trial earlier this month.AdChoices广告But Moore, who made just one appearance in a Brentford shirt, had come on as a substitute for Charlton in their Kent Senior Cup win at Bromley last week and was given another chance to impress against Palace. See also:Ex-QPR midfielder among three released by BeesStriker poised for Birmingham City deal after leaving Bees Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Utah Utes, Utah State basketball: Home sweet home for Aggies

first_imgLOGAN — Utah coach Jim Boylen says he is excited about playing Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan tonight at 7 p.m., even if he may not realize exactly what he’s getting into.”I haven’t been there yet, it will be a new experience for me,” he said.When asked what he’s heard about it, Boylen said, “A lot of guys in the profession have told me, ‘Don’t schedule that game, don’t play up there.”‘Still, Boylen has never experienced the arena where the seats are very close to the floor and a frenzied student body sits right behind the east basket, near the visiting bench.The Ute coach ticked off tough places to play, such as New Mexico, BYU, UNLV as well as Oklahoma and Missouri State where the Utes have played this year, and asked, “Is it tougher than those places?”It may or may not be tougher, but the fact is, the Utes have not won in Logan since 1996 when some of the current players were in first or second grade. Granted that’s just five games, but since 1996, Ute teams have won six times at BYU’s Marriott Center, five times at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center and three times at The Pit in Albuquerque.In Logan, the Utes have lost close games like the one two years ago when they lost on a 3-pointer at the buzzer and blowouts, like in 2004 when a team that eventually went to the Sweet 16 lost by 26.”Obviously I respect what they’ve done up there,” Boylen said. “They’ve got a great program; Stew (Morrill) has done a great job. But we’ll play anybody, anytime, anywhere. It’s a rivalry game, and we’ll make the most of it. Our goal is to go up there and win.”The majority of the Ute players haven’t played at the Spectrum, including senior guard Tyler Kepkay, who transferred to Utah last year.”I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “From what I hear it’s an amazing place to play.”One advantage the Utes may have is the timing of the game, coming three days before Christmas. Many of the Utah State students will have already headed home for the holidays, making the raucous student section a little more tame.The Aggies are having a better season than Utah, going 8-1 to date, including a 67-57 win Saturday night at Idaho State, where Utah was beaten two weeks earlier. The only other common opponent is Weber State, which USU beat 75-49 at home and Utah defeated 74-64 at home on Saturday.Tonight’s game could be decided in the battle of the big men.Utah’s 7-foot-2 Luke Nevill leads his team in scoring at 16.7 per game and rebounding at 7.8 per game, while USU’s 6-9 Gary Wilkinson has similar numbers, 17.7 ppg and 8.2 rebounds.Utah State leads the nation in field goal shooting at 52.9 percent, and Wilkinson ranks second at 69.5 percent.The Aggie starters will be Tai Wesley (11.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) inside and Tyler Newbold (10.1 ppg), Jared Quayle (9.3 ppg) and Pooh Williams (3.3 ppg) outside.Utah counters with Lawrence Borha (10.3 ppg), Carlon Brown (9.5 ppg), Kim Tillie (3.9 ppg) and Jace Tavita (0.3 ppg), but Shaun Green (11.8 ppg) and Kepkay (11.2 ppg) will play a lot more minutes than Tillie and Tavita. Regular starting guard Luka Drca is serving the second game of a two-game suspension.Utah State has won 57 straight regular-season non-conference home games, second-best in the nation behind Duke, going back to 2000. Under Morrill, the Aggies are 146-12 at home and 70-4 against non-league opponents. After tonight, the Utes will come back after Christmas with a game at UC-Irvine Saturday, while the Aggies will play Howard, Houston Baptist and Wyoming on consecutive nights, starting Dec. 29. Utes/Aggies on the airUtah (6-4) at Utah State (8-1)Smith Spectrum, LoganTonight, 7 p.m.; TV: KJZZRadio: 700 AM, 1230 AM, 610 AM E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Walk support for special school

first_imgThe rapidly growing Support for a Specialist School for Casey-Cardinia group are lobbying for local eduction for children with special…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — U14 Selects

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer U14 Selects have been on a bit of a run of late, capturing a pair of medals on the Girl’s Rep Soccer Tour. The Reps recently defeated city rivals U13 Selects to capture the gold medal at the Terry Walgren Girl’s Soccer Tournament Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.Previously, the Selects earned a silver medal in Coeur d’ Alene.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the Selects with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Paul Burkart, Allie Zondervan, Lakpa Dietz, Natanya Hanley, Isabelle Morley, Naomi Perkins, Kyra Burkart, Camille Gebhart and coach Pat Perkins.Front, Emma Gregorich, Maya Mierau, Darian Voisard, Merissa Dawson, Bronwyn Sutherland, Maddy Sternloff, Amelia Martzke, Emily Graeme and goalkeeper Haley Cooke. Missing, Kali Horner, Emma DeCosta and Morgan Livingston.last_img read more

Nelson rinks sweep West Kootenay Club Challenge Playdowns

first_imgNelson Curling Club is sending two teams to the Provincial Tournament later this year following the West Kootenay Men’s and Women’s Club Challenge Playdowns Saturday at the Heritage City facility.Marla Dreher and Garry Meadows of Nelson captured the zone titles in the best-of-three playdowns. Saturday, Dreher, third Michelle Kooznetsoff, second Shadow Bilne and lead Marlo Tedesco defeated Carolyn Alexander of Castlegar 10-5 and 11-3 to advance. Alexander’s rink included third Lanett Glennie, second Takaia Larsen and lead Jen Cliff Marks.Also, in Nelson, the Meadows rink of third Harry Davidson, second Don Harasym and lead Tim Beecham needed all three games to defeat Deane Horning of Castlegar.Meadows opened with a 7-5 win before Horning rallied to square the best-of-three playdown with a 7-2 win. In the tie-breaker, Meadows won 9-4 after rallying from a 4-2 deficit.The Dreher and Meadows rinks now represent the West Kootenay zone at the BC Club Challenge March 21-24 in Abbotsford.The Garry Meadows rink, from left, Meadows, third Harry Davidson, second Don Harasym and lead Tim Beecham. — Submitted photo.last_img read more

Structured Data: New Apps Choose Open Source

first_imgOracle still leads Database vendors in market share, holding more than 44 percent. But Open Source alternatives may have Oracle worried.Forrester Research recently estimated that the size of the Open Source database market has now reached $850 million and is projected to go to $1.2 billion by 2010. While Open Source databases themselves can be downloaded and used freely, their makers typically earn revenues from training, technical support, and consulting.But in a market that today sees annual sales of $18.8 billion, what’s a billion dollars?It is interesting to note that it won’t be until 2010 that the entire Open Source database market will reach $1 billion — but that’s how much that Sun recently paid when they bought Open Source database maker MySQL. While Oracle leads though, Open Source vendors like Sun are eroding potential sales.Noel Yuhanna of Forrester wrote that “Open source databases have come a long way in delivering reliable, robust; and secure database platforms. Forrester estimates that 80% of application requirements can be met using only 25% of the features and functionality that closed source commercial databases offer.” Yuhanna comments that Open Source databases can meet 80 percent of the functionality most needed by businesses.Vendors creating new applications often write their applications to be able to use any of a variety of database options. It is easy for them to ship a copy of an Open Source database either embedded or as an integrated install with their application. That way installations are seamless and the customer can be up and running immediately with no dependencies on additional software. If the customer later, after test-driving the software, prefers another database, swapping it out can be easily done. The end result is that many pilot views of applications run on Open Source — and if some companies don’t have any problems with their pilots, they may decide to not bother paying the additional money for a commerical database backend.last_img read more

9 months agoCrystal Palace striker Sorloth already off mark for new club Gent

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Sorloth already off mark for new club Gentby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth is already off the mark for new club Gent.Sorloth joined the Belgians on-loan and scored twice in the friendly win over Holstein Kiel.After the 6-1 victory, he told VG: “It’s really good. It’s good to get started this way. It’s nice that the teammates see that I can play football.”I chose Gent because of (coach) Jess (Thorup). He got the best out of me in Denmark. When going for a six-month loan, it is nice to be sure that the coach knows what I stand for.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid, Barcelona target Liverpool boss Klopp AND Van Dijk

first_imgReal Madrid, Barcelona target Liverpool boss Klopp AND Van Dijkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp AND Virgil van Dijk are being linked with a LaLiga move.AS says the German’s success with the Reds has him being discussed inside the boardrooms of Real Madrid and Barcelona.With doubts persisting at Barca over coach Ernesto Valverde and inside Real regarding Zinedine Zidane’s return, it’s been suggested Klopp is emerging as the prime target for both clubs should choose to change.And it’s also claimed, with the LaLiga rivals keen on Van Dijk, their best shot at landing the Dutchman would be hiring Klopp as coach.For his part, Klopp has insisted he’s happy at Anfield and should the time come to part ways he would be taking a break from the game. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Leicester will end season in top four

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Leicester will end season in top fourby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists victory against Leicester was well-deserved as they snatched a 2-1 win at Anfield.The Reds were handed a controversial spot-kick deep into stoppage time when Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have brought down Sadio Mane.James Milner calmly slotted home the winner in a result Klopp admits already feels like a huge moment in their season.Klopp told Liverpool’s official website : “So, if you score in the 95th minute with a penalty everybody would say that’s lucky but over the full game we had more chances, we were the better team, so I’m really happy about that.“This one [win] alone feels already big enough, to be honest, because of how difficult this league is [and] how difficult the life of an LFC player is.“I think Leicester at the end of the season will be in the top four and then they will realise how different it is when you play Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday. The quality they have is already good and we all know Brendan, what a sensational manager he is and what he’s doing with them.” last_img read more