Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

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Dr Anthonie Cilliers specialises in nuclear knowledge management systems as programme manager for nuclear engineering at the North-West University. (Supplied)
Dr Anthonie Cilliers specialises in nuclear knowledge management systems as programme manager for nuclear engineering at the North-West University. (Supplied)

There should be no winner, no loser and certainly no war or any industry being crushed when it comes to electricity in South Africa, writes Dr Anthonie Cilliers.

I read with interest the article: “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” by Robert J Traydon and Hartmut Winkler: “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” and I cannot express enough my disappointment in the unfortunate choice of words for the titles of this article, as well as the absolute reversing of roles in expressing the position the energy sector finds itself in.

I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry proponents argue that renewable energy is not required or unnecessary. Yet, I often face debates by the renewable energy sector that the entire country can run on wind, solar and natural gas, that nuclear should not be considered and that coal is dirty and should be phased out. There are a few problems with this claim.

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