News Digest Item
21 Jul 2017

“Germany’s Energiewende similar to South African renewable industry”

ESI Africa

South Africa could learn from Germany’s mistakes by removing the obstacles coal power poses to integrating renewables into its electricity system early, think tank Agora Energiewende’s* Markus Steigenberger says in an article for ESI Africa. Although South Africa is behind Germany on the share of renewables in its power mix, cost reduction in the sector can make solar and wind the country’s cheapest source of energy, Steigenberger says. Germany was late to realise that existing coal power capacity is “not helping the future power system.”

Read the article in English here.

*Like the Clean Energy Wire, Agora Energiewende is a project funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation.  

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