There seems to be a simple concept missing from the renewable energy debate when listening to talk shows and reading articles on the topic.
I would like to remove emotion from the topic and look at the math and ask an open question. How much has renewable energy impacted on the higher price of electricity we currently experience in South Africa? The current average price that Eskom pays for renewable energy from IPPs is R2,03/kWh. The current average price that Eskom pays its other power stations is R0,56/kWh of which Koeberg produces the cheapest energy.
The math is not rocket science. The current IPPs that have fixed forced contracts with Eskom for 20 years are having a large impact on Eskom and on the price of electricity that is passed on to the consumer. At almost 4 times the cost I ask the simple questions that were asked with the nuclear debate. Can we afford renewable energy? Who is really benefiting from these projects?