Rocky Mountain Institute, 2 June, 2016.

RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst interviews Tom Dinwoodie, executive producer of Time to Choose, a new movie about the threats of climate change and the stories of people working on the frontlines to address this global challenge. The film opens June 3 across the country (USA, that is).

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And see the review here (extract shown below).

“Anyone who spends enough time watching activist, agitprop “issue documentaries” should be familiar with that “Welp!” feeling. After spending an hour or so hearing about how corporations have stacked the deck against the working class, and how we’re running out of potable water, and how everything from obesity to oil spills to debt to antibiotic-resistant superbugs will inevitably kill us all, the best viewers can do is throw their hands in the air, say “Welp!,” and then go out and spend money they don’t have to get dangerously hammered and gorge on poisonous junk food—because there’s apparently no reason to try to fix anything.

Charles Ferguson’s documentaries don’t incline toward despair. In his No End In Sight (about the logistical fiasco of the Iraq War) and his Oscar-winning Inside Job(detailing exactly what led to the financial crisis of 2008), Ferguson tells stories from our shared recent history with not only a definite political slant but also an evenhandedness that expresses an uncommon faith in human agency. His films suggest that catastrophes aren’t unstoppable but are the result of bad choices made by people who should know better—and who could thus avoid making those mistakes again. That sense of backhanded optimism sets Ferguson’s Time To Choose apart from the countless other documentaries about climate change. It isn’t a brilliant piece of filmmaking or even a revelatory work of journalism. ButTime To Choose may provoke actual action, if only because it doesn’t conclude that we’re doomed.”

New solar solution on offer for sectional-title market

Renewable energy services company SolarAfrica has launched a new rooftop solar solution, tailored specifically for South Africa’s large sectional-title market. The offering is designed to provide homeowners in complexes and estates with immediate access to affordable solar energy without having to p…


South African government misses nuclear deal court deadline (again)

News24 Wire, 24 May, 2016.

arthlife SA and Safcei claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government’s nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.

The government must respect the rules and commit to following the timeframes, leading environmentalists said after the state once again failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case regarding its nuclear energy agreement with Russia.

Earthlife SA and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government’s nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.

Following the Department of Energy (DoE) and Joemat-Pettersson’s failure to meet the original May 13 deadline to submit answering affidavits, the State Attorney on Monday said they could also not meet the 20 May Rule 30A notice deadline, a rule that prohibits further delays.

Read the full article here

Energy: G7 countries to stop subsidising fossil fuels

LegalBrief – Mail and Guardian, 31 May, 2016

The leaders of some of the world’s biggest economies have agreed to stop subsidising fossil fuels in the next decade. According to a Mail & Guardian Online report, the G7 – the UK, US, Canada, Japan, Italy, France and Germany – made the pledge after a meeting in Japan last week. In a section about climate change, energy and the environment, they expressed their commitment ‘to the elimination of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and encourage all countries to do so by 2025’. The report says this is the first time the group has given a date for their goal. While the seven economies will stop providing subsidies for coal, gas and oil, two of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters, India and China, have not signed the deal, the report states.

Full report on the Mail & Guardian Online site

Electricity beyond the grid PWC study

PwC May, 2016.

Electricity beyond the grid: Accelerating access to sustainable power for all

Energy transformation means the time is right for policy-makers to reappraise their approach to energy access. Advances in technology are rapidly changing the options available beyond the grid. Falling solar technology costs have spurred the growth of standalone home systems and are changing the economics of mini-grid systems…