A Just Energy Transition

Ownership in the energy sector is a controversial subject, yet one that must beaddressed if we are to develop a Just Energy Transition (JET) plan.

Greetings from Project 90 in 2018!

Being the nature lover that I am, I have always believed in our systems as being a series of self- organizing, self-regenerating components inextricably connected to each other. As we – humans – are unable to stand on the outside and dominate our Earth system, I feel we are firmly embedded within them, part of the giant web of life. It was John Muir (1838-1914) who said “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

For 2018, Project 90 is hitching it’s wagon to a ‘star’ – the dream of a sustainable, equitable low-carbon future where people are valued and earth systems preserved. In order to make this a reality, we are focusing our energies and efforts in advocating for a participatory, transparent Just Energy Transition and we are partnering with other civil society organisations, youth and community leaders to inspire and mobilize society towards this goal.

Follow our progress on Facebook or join one of our Round Table Discussions taking place in the coming months and join the movement!

Project 90’s YouLead 2018 Initiative
When Project 90 by 2030 first arrived on the scene in 2007, we set up Carbon-Cutting Clubs in high schools in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal with the aim of reducing the carbon footprints of the top South African schools and – by default – the learners’ homes. This project was successful to an extent but we found that, because motivated learners and teachers would come and go, consistency was a real challenge. Thus, in 2012, the Carbon-Cutting Clubs evolved into Leadership Clubs. Six years later in 2018, the Leadership Clubs have again evolved into a brand new initiative – YouLead.
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Renewable Energy Back On Track In SA, But Still Lots To Do
By Richard Halsey

On the 4th April, after nearly 2 years of delays, the National Renewable Energy (RE) programme got back on track with the signing of overdue power purchase agreements recently. This signifies a move towards a higher proportion of electricity (at utility scale) coming from sources such as wind and solar that are cleaner than coal, which currently dominates supply through Eskom.
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Just Energy Transition: Roundtable Discussion

Project 90 by 2030 has conducted a short study which focuses on community based ownership that will be presented at a Roundtable Discussion, facilitated by Tasneem Essop (Energy Democracy Initiative) on the 25 April, from 09h00 – 13h00 at the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town.
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Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution
Countdown to April 22

Join the Campaign to End Plastic Pollution

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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility – Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-09/blockchain-latest-death-knell-of-an-old-school-utility-model

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility
By Chris Martin
April 9, 2018, 1:01 PM GMT+2

The future is selling solar power to a neighbor with a Tesla
Utilities see both opportunity and threat in new technology

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them.

That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it. Imagine your neighbor with a solar panel directly selling you cheap power to charge your Tesla.

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Here’s the link

REEEP – Lessons learnt: a more nuanced market segmentation | Sun-Connect-News

http://www.sun-connect-news.org/de/articles/market/details/lessons-learnt-a-more-nuanced-market-segmentation-betwee/

Lessons learnt: a more nuanced market segmentation between on grid and off grid
Whereas M-KOPA addresses the off-grid customer base with solar home systems, Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) addresses the on-grid customer base, providing power through traditional grid infrastructure directly into the homes of those who have been connected.
Much of the discussion around energy access is focused on these two categories, dividing customers and households purely by grid connections.
One of the central findings of M-KOPA’s Shell Foundation funded market analyses is of a much more nuanced market segmentation between on grid and off grid; M-KOPA identified three additional and distinct groups of customers that do not fit cleanly into either category. These three segments have been titled:

  • “under grid”,
  • “idle grid”,
  • “bad grid”,

and each has slightly different customer pain points that M-KOPA and companies like it can address.

Here’s the link

Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia | pfan.net

http://pfan.net/event/call-for-proposals-for-climate-clean-energy-projects-in-sub-saharan-africa-and-asia/

Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and, once they are investment-ready, benefit from PFAN’s Investment Facilitation services. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply. This is an open-ended call for proposals without a deadline.

Here’s the link

Op-Ed: Renewable energy claims and counterclaims | Daily Maverick

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-04-04-op-ed-renewable-energy-claims-and-counterclaims/#.WsuIM4huZ1t

Op-Ed: Renewable energy claims and counterclaims
JEFF RUDIN & SHUMI MUDAVANHU SOUTH AFRICA 04 APR 2018 (SOUTH AFRICA)
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JEFF RUDIN & SHUMI MUDAVANHU attempt to present the main claims being made against renewable energy, followed by the briefest possible statement of the actual situation.

Until fairly recently, renewable energy was widely seen as being the welcome future that couldn’t come soon enough. This changed most dramatically, in March 2017, when a coal truckers’ demonstration caused peak-hour traffic mayhem in Pretoria. The cause of the mayhem was the truckers’ hostility to the government’s intention of going ahead with its renewable energy programme.

Since then, renewable energy has become a hugely controversial issue, subject to multipronged attack from a wide range of sources, including ministers of Zuma’s government, the (Zuma-era) Eskom, the Coal Transporters Forum, trade unions, trade union federations, academics and civil society (via social media and the radio).

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