Category Archives: SMART News

Funding sought for rural energy provision initiative

The increase and the spread of microelectronic devices such as mobile phones, GPS units and MP3 players have fast outpaced the development of electrical infrastructure in Africa. This is depriving millions of Africans the means of improving their lives. Current estimates are that there are at least 250 million cell phone users in Africa who do not have access to electricity at home. It is estimated that this number will have increased to over 400 million by 2015.

These people currently walk many miles and pay on average, US$1 to US$5 a month for the privilege of charging a mobile phone. In addition the lack of adequate lighting is depriving millions of students the ability to read and study after sunset. Read on ESI-Africa >

‘Green power is key’

Cape Argus 5 August 2013.

Renewable energy will create jobs and save planet, say worried civic groups


SOUTH Africa can meet its socioeconomic objectives with the help of renewable energy, say 30 civic organisations from around the country that met in Cape Town last week.

The Energy Caucus was formed in 2002 by civic organisations including the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA, Earthlife Africa, the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee and Greenpeace to address the country’s energy security.

The group analysed seven peer-reviewed national and international energy reports before last week’s meeting and presented their key findings…


Put our resources together and solve the electricity crisis

Brenda Martin | Cape Times | 9 July, 2013.

Why would we proceed with planning that is out of date and no longer serves our immediate or future needs?

PEOPLE are not great at joining the dots between cause and effect, but there is fairly widespread agreement that planning ahead is wise. We plan ahead when we prepare supper, we plan for our children’s education and we buy insurance “just in case” something happens.

But what happens to our planning when uncertainty rules? When unforeseen financial pressures knock over our deck of planning cards – like sudden electricity price hikes or an overnight petrol increase, not to mention water scarcity, turbulence and uncertainty in general?

At such moments planning is still called for and is perhaps more essential than ever, but in a context of uncertainty, planning needs to be more nimble. The Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa (EGI-SA), a coalition of national civil-society organisations, has produced a report with concrete proposals for dealing with electricity planning in a context of uncertainty – the sort of context that includes everyone from factories to you and me and our home appliances. Continue reading

Archbishop Emiritus Desmond Tutu supports EGI’s Smart Energy Plan

EGI-SA 11 December 2012.

The Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa (EGI-SA) has spent two years analysing the country’s electricity needs and is in the process of completing a preliminary report intended to present clear recommendations to government. The Smart Electricity plan outlines a common sense proposal for taking us forward on all fronts: it will make us healthier, more competitive, increase employment and enhance the economy’s resilience in the face of a shifting climate and shifting global economic priorities.

Here is an endorsement of the plan from Archbishop Emiritus Desmond Tutu (YouTube video of about 3 mins duration) :

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Project 90 x 2030 6 December 2012.

Project 90 by 2030 hosts the Electricity governance initiative of South Africa (EGI-SA). EGI-SA is made up of a dedicated group of justice oriented organisations who meet for working sessions every fortnight. Given South Africa’s energy intensive economy, we are driven by a desire to create a society where our Electricity policy environment can better enable the wellbeing of people and planet.

In partnership with SAFCEI,, Green Connection, Gender cc and the University of Cape Town we have been updating research we undertook in 2010 to produce an evidence base for how electricity planning can be improved.

This week we release a report of preliminary findings. This report reveals how an innovative focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy in particular offer more elegant solutions than a dogged persistence with outdated, utility-scale electricity planning.

We are aiming to provide a fresh look at electricity demand, review available energy conservation and efficiency technologies for key economic sectors and debunk the outdated belief that South Africa’s electricity supply can only be satisfied affordably and reliably using utility-scale power generators.

Work on the final, peer reviewed report will continue early in 2013. More on this in our next newsletter.