Renewable energy in South Africa's minerals-energy complex: a ‘low carbon’ transition?

Baker, Lucy (2015) Renewable energy in South Africa's minerals-energy complex: a ‘low carbon’ transition? Review of African Political Economy, 42 (144). pp. 245-261. ISSN 0305-6244

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Abstract

This paper questions the extent to which the introduction of utility-scale, privately generated renewable energy into South Africa's coal-dominated electricity supply can be considered a ‘low-carbon transition’. Rather, the renewable energy projects in question are embedded within and contribute to South Africa's high-carbon, electricity-intensive ‘minerals–energy complex’. An empirical consideration is provided of some of the stakeholders involved in the implementation of the wind industry in South Africa, and the possibilities and pitfalls for its long-term sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 15:31
Last Modified: 20 May 2015 09:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52244
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