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What should we make of the economics of US shale gas industry? 

By: Saliem Fakir     9th May 2014 There is heightened activity on the shale-gas front. Government is pushing ahead with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the Department of... 

The impact of energy prices on food inflation

By: Saliem Fakir     11th April 2014 On the surface, the relation between high electricity and oil prices and food inflation can be perceived as linear rather than dynamic. There is a... 

The good and the bad in the latest IRP

By: Saliem Fakir     21st March 2014 The latest version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has some interesting changes, which could have far-reaching consequences for South... 

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Electricity price hikes and their impact on mining

By: Saliem Fakir     21st February 2014 The recent rise in electricity prices is eating away at everybody’s pockets. While energy-intensive users are the largest consumers of electricity,... 

Enviro externalities and how to deal with them

By: Saliem Fakir     24th January 2014 All environmental externalities emanate from the economy and they also reflect the evolution and moment at which societal values are. In reality,... 

Time is ripe for large-scale solar photovoltaic

By: Saliem Fakir     6th December 2013 While the cost of electricity steadily rises and the demand for energy increases, South Africa, a country boasting abundant sunlight, continues to... 

MDG 7 review an opportunity for realignment

By: Saliem Fakir     8th November 2013 The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are up for review and, by 2015, a new MDG framework has to be put in place, and sustainability issues are... 

The future of central grids

By: Saliem Fakir     4th October 2013 Is it possible that we can have a new world in which the central grid is outdated and a more diffused and dispersed system takes its place? Is this... 

National planning and the role of markets

By: Saliem Fakir     6th September 2013 The National Development Plan (NDP) is receiving vitriol from both the left and liberals these days. The left sees the NDP as being too market... 

Oil abounds globally, but SA faces uncertainty

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd August 2013 Each day, more oil is discovered and the earth seems to spew more of the stuff, mocking the peak oil pundits and adding to the anxieties of climate... 

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