SUSTAINABLE ENERGY NEWS on EMAIL (SENSE), Number 48: January 2008

Welcome! SENSE is a service of the Energy Policy Unit of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Project (SECCP) of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA Jhb). SENSE is a regular publication, edited by Tristen Taylor. We welcome any feedback and submissions. Also, let us know if you wish to get more information from ELA Jhb, or know someone else who should be receiving SENSE. Please note that the material in SENSE (in particular the Editorial) does not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of Earthlife Africa Jhb and/or the SECCP. Contacts: …

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Sustainable Energy Briefing 14: Energy Policy in 2007

Sustainable Energy Briefing 14 outlines the status of energy policy matters at the end of 2007. This roundup starts with a brief description of this year‚Äôs Energy Summit and related plans for 2008. It then examines progress under the 1998 White Paper for Energy Policy (the Externalities Study, the Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme, and Access to Energy Services), followed by summaries of where the National Energy Bill, Energy Targets and Integrated Energy Planning are going. Following this, progress with the Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS), a Cabinet-mandated process to address climate …

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Sustainable Energy Briefing 13: The DTI’s Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme: Who’s Benefit?

In late 2006, the first contract was signed between a foreign company and the South African Government under the recently adopted Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme (DEPP). That deal was with the aluminum company Alcan and in regards to its proposed smelter at the Coega IDZ. The details of that deal remain a secret to this day. Why? Because the DEPP is biased towards the interests of foreign multinationals, and promotes a culture of secrecy. This Sustainable Energy Briefing aims to highlight some of the concerns surrounding the DEPP. Download this …

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