Environment: Leeks, eggs, fluoride and renewable energy

Can eating leeks help your singing voice? Intrigued? well The Ethical co-op blog ponders this, the need to flouridate water, eggs and a new net-metering law in South Africa.


  • Joseph Boshoff

    I think that a net metering law in SA will be an excellent step in the right direction. Are they really draughting laws in this direction? Confirmation will be excellent. If everybody in the country generated there own electricity and supplied power to the grid during quiet times we would be a lot less dependent on the big power stations. What would be the limit on household generating capacity?

  • Later this month, or next month, South Africa will finalise its new net metering regulations and tariffs, but they are aimed at encouraging large-scale investment in renewable energy. They will start with a high rate per kWh, and steadily decrease, so that short term returns are good.

    Here is a link to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa documents on the renewable energy feed-in tariffs (REFIT): http://www.nersa.org.za/SectionsDocuments.aspx?Section=3&Doc=15.

    On the other side of the equation, South Africa is planning to introduce a tax on energy generated from non-renewable sources.

    But I am still not clear on how individuals can feed in on a small scale. Clearly that is what we need. Some people have told me that it is already legal, but the red tape to get it through electricity utility Eskom is too difficult to contemplate.

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