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The report stated that meeting reduced emission targets while also building new coal-fired plants would force Eskom’s existing and cheaper coal-fired power station fleet to retire earlier and run less to make space for greenhouse gas emissions from the new coal-fired plants. Photo: iStock
The report stated that meeting reduced emission targets while also building new coal-fired plants would force Eskom’s existing and cheaper coal-fired power station fleet to retire earlier and run less to make space for greenhouse gas emissions from the new coal-fired plants. Photo: iStock

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This is according to a November 1 study by the Energy Systems Research Group at the University of Cape Town and the Climate Equity Reference Project. The research was commissioned by the Centre for Environmental Rights.

The 1 500MW plant is part of the department of mineral resources and energy’s long-term electricity generation plan, which envisages the procurement of more than 31 300MW of new generation and storage capacity between 2020 and 2030.

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