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Hout Bay Green Faire

FLOE will be at the Hout Bay Green Faire tomorrow from 10am for the day. Join us at: Where: Kronendal Primary School, Andrews Road, Hout Bay When: 10am till late Costs: Adults R10 and kids R5 An 'eco-expo' featuring green products and services, wind and solar power, water saving devices, grey water, recycling and worm bins, Rubbels Recycle market, kids 'edutainment', info on how to grow veggie & herb seedlings, compost toilets, healing space, healthy food and juices, conscious cinema, talks, live music and more....

David in Parliament - Summary and my thoughts

Dear all Disclaimer: please note that the ideas and solutions presented below are my own and may not represent those of Free Life On Earth. After two days in Parliament and feeling very tired, I feel the need to write a summary of what transpired - in  summarised form as I have 20 pages of A5 format notes - and a huge number of handouts as well as mailings from various presenters - and lots of ideas about what can be done.  (I see that this summary is 3 pages long, so I have put especially important bits in bold.) There were about 30 presentations in Total.  We have been told that they might be available on the government web site at some point.  I'll let you know.  There were about 100 people in the Old Assembly Chamber each day and about 20 of them were MP's besides the portfolio committee chairpersons. You can see me in action on our Free Life On Earth BLOG .  Scroll down to FLOE Speaks Up in Parliament. I came away feeling happy that these events took place inside par

Free Life On Earth's Submission re the Parliamentary Hearings on Climate Change Nov 2009

Dear Ms Nyamza Thank you for asking for comment from the public on this very important topic. Although we have many ideas for changes regarding renewable energy adoption, we believe that one of the most urgent ones is the setting up of a National Grid Company enabling a "willing buyer - willing seller" or "retail wheeling" arrangement. This is outlined in the attached document. Kind Regards David Lipschitz BSc (Hons) MBA Chairperson and Cofounder: Free Life On Earth The attachment: Retail Wheeling in South Africa Written by David Lipschitz, 3rd November 2009 In preparation for the Public Hearings on the Political, Economic, Legal, Gender and Social Impacts of Climate Change, 17th to 18th November 2009 in the South African Parliament1 Objectives: (i)A new National Grid Company which owns and operates South Africa's electricity grid infrastructure; (ii)Private electricity producers which directly sell electricity to private elec

Climate Change Hearings; NERSA Feed In Tariffs; Electricity Price Hikes

Dear all 1) Government Climate Change Hearings Please read the call for public comment document and have your say. Your submission must be in by 6th November. The hearings are on the 17th and 18th November. 2) NERSA's Feed In Tariff's Phase 2 Please see Engineering News for information about NERSA's phase 2 Feed In Tariffs. They have added Photovoltaic energy production, but it is still only for systems bigger than 1MW thus excluding private houses and small and medium sized businesses. The rate is R3.94 per kwh. 3) Electricity Price Hikes More information here . Regards David