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Planned ISMO unlikely to be panacea for power sector’s woes

By: Saliem Fakir     29th June 2012 The proposal to introduce an independent system and market operator (ISMO) into South Africa’s power generation sector seems to have found favour... 

Renewables: facts and fiction 

By: Saliem Fakir     8th June 2012 There are so many nonsensical comments about renewables and, surprisingly, even very intelligent people also make unfounded and unintelligent... 

Are airline carbon levy wars a sign of things to come?

By: Saliem Fakir     18th May 2012 The European Union (EU) has unilaterally declared that it wants all planes entering or leaving the EU territory to pay an emissions tax. The bloc... 

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Does thorium have a future as an alternative to uranium? 

By: Saliem Fakir     6th April 2012 I recently at a thorium conference in Cape Town hosted by the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  

Alternative renewables ownership models come under the spotlight at Numsa conference

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd March 2012 The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) recently hosted an international conference on alternative models of ownership for renewables other than... 

What should be done about concentrating solar power 

By: Saliem Fakir     10th February 2012 For a long time, concentrating solar power (CSP) was seen as a cutting-edge renewables technology that would best meet South Africa’s energy... 

Will the planet be saved? 

By: Saliem Fakir     20th January 2012 Fourteen days of deliberations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seventeeth Conference of the Parties (COP 17)... 

COP 17 – waiting for light at end of tunnel

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd December 2011 Some predictions are easy and others require a savant’s wisdom to penetrate the unseen world. One can be sure the outcome of the United Nations... 

Learning from the Chinese approach to carbon taxation

By: Saliem Fakir     25th November 2011 The Australian government recently just managed to squeeze through carbon tax legislation. The Australian system starts off with a fixed price,... 

Thinking of value-add in a way that guarantees future of sustainability

By: Saliem Fakir     7th October 2011 The world was once run on three big economic engines: Europe, North America and Japan. These engines of growth are slowing down but three or four... 

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