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Will an independent system and market operator fly in South Africa?

By: Saliem Fakir     11th March 2011 A number of public statements on the issue of an Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) have been made by government officials in the last... 

Climate change Green Paper under the spotlight

By: Saliem Fakir     11th February 2011 The 38-page National Climate Change Green Paper was released just before most of South Africa’s negotiating team went to Cancun.  

From Cancun to Durban – what’s in store for the next 12 months?

By: Saliem Fakir     14th January 2011 When you land in Cancun, what strike you most starkly are concrete blocks upon concrete blocks that have taken occupation where lush mangroves once... 

More From Saliem Fakir - Low Carbon Future

The merits of a solar cluster 

By: Saliem Fakir     10th December 2010 The solar park idea raises the question of how South Africa should be positioning itself to take advantage of the country's abundant solar resources.  

Taking the wind out of the baseloaders 

By: Saliem Fakir     12th November 2010 What is disturbing is not the debate about baseload power versus intermittent power. This debate is always useful as we grapple with the the... 

Just how much coal do we have in the ground? 

By: Saliem Fakir     15th October 2010 Propaganda has it that South Africa has enough coal to fire our power plants for 200 years or until alternatives that can compete with coal come... 

The carbon tax debate and irrational howls 

By: Saliem Fakir     17th September 2010 No sooner was the announcement that a carbon tax was on the cards made than the hecklers from special interest groups and their lobbyists started... 

Our expectations of electric cars must be tempered with reality 

By: Saliem Fakir     20th August 2010 Electric cars are often spoken of as if they will turn the tide against the current fleet of petroleum junkies. But we may be far from that nirvana.  

Reflections on the Integrated Resource Plan 

By: Saliem Fakir     16th July 2010 The Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP2010) consultation process has begun. It should provide the ideal vehicle for the convergence of low-carbon... 

How realistic is the green economy?

By: Saliem Fakir     18th June 2010 The idea of a green economy has gained great popularity of late but the proof will be in implementation. During the last year, particularly, green... 

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