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Mud slinging in South Africa over energy choices

South Africa needs new power generation, but just how additional supply should be delivered is a matter of much – and increasingly heated – debate.

At the COP26 talks last year, an innovative agreement was reached between a group of rich countries and South Africa. The Just Energy Transition Partnership aimed to provide $8.5 billion of financing over the next five years to support decarbonisation plans in South Africa.

At the heart of the problem is South Africa’s reliance on coal, accounting for 77% of power generation. Could the country transition to renewable energy in one jump, or does it need gas to serve as an intermediate step?

September 8, 2022

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