For Cape Town to meet their future energy demands, the city needs to implement a renewable energy strategy to reduce their carbon footprint. Currently, Cape Town has 8 wind farms and one nuclear power station – Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. What are the plans for renewable energy in Cape Town?
Cape Town’s Renewable Energy Plans
Cape Town’s Renewable Energy Future will exist in large part because of its plan to completely decarbonize its energy sector. Cape Town is ahead of the game when it comes to renewable energy.
Koeberg Nuclear Power Station: The History and Future
The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station has had its fair share of controversy over the years. Cape Town, South Africa is currently looking to increase their nuclear power capacity, but what are the benefits and drawbacks of this decision? Koeberg nuclear power station is a nuclear power station in South Africa. It is currently the only one on the entire African continent. It is located 30 km north of Cape Town, near Melkbosstrand on the west coast of South Africa. Koeberg is owned and operated by the country’s only national electricity supplier, Eskom. The two reactors form the cornerstone of the South African nuclear program.South Africa’s nuclear industry has seen its fair share of opposition, chiefly from environmentalists concerned about safety issues such as radioactive waste, and anti-war activists concerned about nuclear proliferation and use of atomic weapons. Current campaigns against nuclear energy are being run by Earthlife Africa and Koeberg Alert.The power station was originally located outside the metropolitan area, but urban growth has exceeded expectations in the intervening years, so that the power station is now close to suburban housing. The administration enforces maximum housing density regulations in case of evacuation, which precludes the construction of high rise buildings. The buffer zone around the nuclear power station forms the 22 km2 Koeberg Nature Reserve, open to the public and containing more than 210 species of birds and a number of mammal species including zebra, eland and springbok. According to a News24 article, Eskom wants to extend the lifespan of Koeberg power station by an additional 20 years.To do this, it needs to replace the steam generators which have been in place since 1984.Jacobs Engineering Group, which has worked on Koeberg for the past 30 years, has been enlisted to prepare the plant for the installation of the 380-ton generators.This involves replacing piping and air cooler units.The entire project is expected to cost R20 billion.
Facts about Wind Farms in Cape Town
Cape Town has set out to be the first city in the world to run solely on renewable energy. Over 1,000 wind turbines and 4 solar power plants have been built and there are plans for many more. The shift away from fossil fuels should lead to a drop in carbon emissions and help Cape Town meet clean energy targets. These new sources should also bolster local economies as well as create jobs. However, the shift won’t be easy as the problems of climate change and air pollution continue to take their toll on Cape Town’s residents. Cape Town has been actively implementing renewable energy initiatives. In 2014, the city received funding from the Global Green Growth Institute to double its solar capacity by 2020. Cape Town has a plan to capture and distribute 1,800 megawatts of wind power by 2030. The city of Capetown has plans for a renewable energy initiative, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Cape Town is attempting to make this happen by turning to wind farms. As of November 2018, there are six wind farms operating in the region, with four more under construction or being designed. The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station has been operating consistently since 1969.
In conclusion, The Western Cape run local government is currently the only province that passes their annual audits. It is currently the best run province in SA. The aim seems to be to be completely off the ESKOM grid and, thanks to the national government’s recent decision to allow more Private Power Supply (PPS) companies to operate, the Western Cape is well on track with their renewable energy plans.