During its State of the System address, Eskom’s CEO Brian Molefe commented on renewable energy, calling it “disappointing“. He went on to explain his statement by saying that renewable energy is unreliable and can’t be trusted to power important facilities or events. Now, global organisation, Greenpeace has slammed Eskom for its negative comments on the powers of renewal energy.
Greenpeace condemned the negative remarks relating to renewable made by Molefe who was speaking on behalf of the controversial electricity provider. Greenpeace went even further in accusing Eskom of promoting “anit-renewable energy propaganda“. The organisation explained that these remarks by Molefe were uncalled for as renewable energy has been proved to be more powerful than ever:
This at a time when renewable energy projects have added more than 1 800MW of installed capacity to the grid in just two and a half years – equating to 4% of the total installed capacity.
Renewable energy is the only technology currently delivering new electricity capacity on time and on budget to South Africa’s constrained grid. If Mr Molefe would like to discuss the use of outdated technology then Eskom need look no further than Eskom’s ailing, and hugely polluting, coal-fired fleet which the utility is looking to refurbish rather than decommission.
Greenpeace turned the tables and accused Eskom of having “disappointed South Africa with a recent history of unreliable supply” referring to loadshedding and the delays in construction of coal-powered stations, Medupi and Kusile. It is clear coal has failed the South African energy system and in addressing the ongoing energy crisis, with Greenpeace stating:
As companies begin to divest from coal in the face of catastrophic climate change, the evidence that the global economy is moving away from their dependence on coal is clear. This brings to the fore the question of what vested interests are causing Eskom and the South African government to still focus on coal and nuclear energy as a means to power South Africa?