Don't believe the DA's greenwashing: iLIVE
People have been asking me what I think about Helen Zille's statement about Renewable Energy. Here is my answer:
We must be careful as the DA seem to support nuclear as a green option.
It supposedly reduces our carbon footprint, but 40 million people in Japan are at risk of dying due to Fukushima. I don't see how a mass migration of Japanese people will reduce our carbon footprint. Or the spending of $100 billion on "containment".
And the 10% they talk about is from solar water heating.
You can see from the proposed Net Metering Tariff that the DA is greenwashing, i.e. saying one thing and doing another thing.
They see renewable energy as a threat to their electricity revenues, without realising that electricity is the main driver that allows for economic growth! The DA's Net Metering Tariff includes an unneeded service fee that makes net metering uneconomical except for the very rich. As we know government continues to say they look after the poor, whilst actually looking after the rich.
South Africa is already unique in the world as we don't need Feed-in Tariffs. We are at grid parity, i.e. we can already produce our own electricity cheaper than we can buy it. All we need is Net Metering and Deregulation so that the private homeowner can compete with Eskom and the Cities and so that customers can choose to get their electricity from people other than Eskom and the Cities.
The Net Metering service fee should be replaced with the "Retail Wheeling Charge" (RWC) which is already in the Tariff system. The RWC is a per kWh fee that the buyer pays to the grid operator for buying electricity from a service provider other than Eskom and the Cities. The RWC pays for the "Grid", i.e. the maintenance of the transmission and distribution system, i.e. the cables, transformers, etc. An easy way to implement this is to deduct the RWC from the electricity sold by a homeowner to the grid.
The solutions are simple, cheap, efficient and provide a win-win situation. The homeowner wins, the equipment supplier wins, the electricity services provider wins; the utility (Eskom and Cities) wins; and the environment wins.