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Don’t limit renewables in IRP, urges prominent activist

www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/dont-limit-renewables-in-irp-urges-prominent-activist-2018-10-24 Don’t limit renewables in IRP, urges prominent activist <www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/dont-limit-renewables-in-irp-urges-prominent-activist-2018-10-24>
24TH OCTOBER 2018
BY: KIM CLOETE <www.engineeringnews.co.za/author.php?u_id=1132> CREAMER MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
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Prominent activist *Liz McDaid <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/liz-mcdaid>* has called on the government not to limit the construction <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/construction> of renewable energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/renewable-energy> capacity under the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018.
“A look at the IRP says renewables must be constrained. The rationale for restricting renewables is to pull nuclear <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/nuclear> or coal <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/coal>in,” said McDaid, while urging Members of Parliament (MPs) to investigate. ADVERTISEMENT <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=3066__zoneid=420__cb=d871b1a3f7__oadest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.airliquide.co.za>
“It was on your watch that the nuclear <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/nuclear> deal [almost] went through. The tentacles of State capture go deep, so we appeal to you as MPs. The Department of Energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/energy> (DoE) as a department is a red flag for us in that they want to constrain renewables. We ask you to investigate,” she told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/energy>, which is holding hearings on the IRP 2018.
McDaid, who, together with fellow activist *Makoma Lekalakala <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/makoma-lekalakala>*, won a High Court case to stop South Africa <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/south-africa>’s nuclear <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/nuclear> deal with Russia <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/russia>, said there was a window now to plot a cleaner, more sustainable <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/sustainable> way forward.

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