Energy plan gives support to engineering innovation

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that the president’s five-point energy plan is straight out of the party’s playbook.

Last night President Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans to address the country’s energy crisis.

The DA has been pushing for Independent Power Producers to fill the country’s short term electricity supply gap.

This as President Ramaphosa also revealed that the state will be relying on the private sector for energy production.

This will likely place further strain on the public, electricity sourced from independent power producers will likely come at a higher cost.

Meanwhile, engineers have welcomed the president’s energy plan.

Wits University School of Electrical and Information Engineering Professor Willie Cronje says that this is an exciting time for the sector as they will find innovative ways of improving the country’s energy production and sources.

His comments come as there’s some concern that South Africa is looking to implement battery storage of about 5 000 MW capacity.

But energy analyst, Tshepo Kgadima contends that the USA has only managed to store 3 000 MW safely and effectively.

He contends that once again South Africa trying something that has been proven to fail.


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