South Africa must create a coherent energy policy or it will continue to struggle to rely on power utility Eskom and millions of South Africans will remain in energy poverty, World Energy Council head Christoph Frei said on Tuesday.
"South Africans have moved too slowly with respect to renewable energy projects. This country needs to create a single policy on energy. You cannot be focused on bringing energy to the poor and then also have very expensive technologies which you are experimenting with and then be building coal power stations too," Mr Frei, a key speaker at the Africa Energy Indaba, said.
South Africa slipped two places to 57 out of 93 members on the World Energy Council’s 2012 Energy Sustainability Index, weighed down by a sharp drop in energy security.