Recipe to Generate Right Mix of Electricity

Cape Times (South Africa), November 21, 2012 | Go to article overview

Recipe to Generate Right Mix of Electricity


Anti-nuclear energy activists put up a rather impressive show on November 10 as they marched to the Department of Energy to present their memorandum. It is a pity there was no one from that department to receive them.

They looked like a decent number as they marched with their neat posters opposing the intentions of our country to build nuclear power stations. South Africa is doing this in an effort to create an electricity generation mix including coal, solar, wind and nuclear in suggested proportions.

This is a tough balancing act as none of these sources of electricity is without its pros and cons. Coal is a cheap and plentiful fuel. Although it is dirty and responsible for our country being the biggest polluter on the African continent, it is unrealistic to suggest that our country stop using it with immediate effect.

We have such vast reserves of coal that it should be assumed that we are going to burn it for a very long time to come. However, we need to put our scientists to work to find cleaner technologies for the burning of coal and therefore drastically reduce its emissions of the undesirable greenhouse gases.

Authorities have to contend with protests from business and citizens on the high price of electricity, while environmentalists demand a reduction in our reliance on coal.

The imperatives of climate change demand that we do our bit against global warming. Although there is no definitive proof that extreme weather occurrences such as superstorm Sandy that hit the US and Haiti with devastating force are consequences of climate change, it would be foolish to close our minds about this issue.

We have had our own experiences with destructive floods in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape recently, wreaking havoc in their wake. We are duty bound to sit up and take notice of the warnings given frequently by scientists.

Nuclear energy is clean, reliable and safe, except when something goes wrong. Japanese nuclear power stations have withstood frequent earthquakes, yet the latest tsunami crippled a nuclear station. Radiation from the damaged power station overshadowed the tsunami itself.

The storage of nuclear waste, with its long life, continues to provide a headache for scientists. Of course, anti-nuclear energy campaigners seize upon these two factors to mount their occasional toyi-toyi against this power source. …

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