South Africa’s Energy Transition

  • Andrew Lawrence

Part of the Progressive Energy Policy book series (PEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Andrew Lawrence
    Pages 1-19
  3. Andrew Lawrence
    Pages 99-114
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 153-177

About this book


This book provides a succinct overview of the evolution of policies addressing energy and climate justice in South Africa. Drawing on a range of analytical perspectives, including socio-technical studies, just transitions, and critical political economy, it explains why South Africa’s energy transition from a coal-dependent, centralised power generation and distribution system has been so slow, and reveals the types of socio-political inequalities that persist across regimes and energy sources. Topics explored include critical approaches to the South African state and its state-owned energy provider, Eskom; the political ecologies of coal and water; the politics of non-renewable energy alternatives; as well as the trajectory and fate of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the country’s major renewable energy policy. The book concludes with reflections on alternative, neglected energy and development paths, suggesting how the political economy of South Africa’s energy system could be further transformed for the better.


Energy Transition Energy Policy Community Energy Renewable Energy Energy and Empowerment Minerals Energy Complex Energy and Climate Justice Energy Justice Geothermal Energy Challenger Energy South Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Lawrence
    • 1
  1. 1.Wits School of GovernanceUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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