Political systems and profit motives make the world go round, but alternative thinking could turn the earth on its axis.
The hidden costs of nuclear power and disingenuous claims made by the industry regulator cloud clarity about SA's energy needs.
Smart cities are harnessing the best of humanity, creating sustainable places for people to work.
Objections to energy from wind and sun are largely because projects are eyesores to those whose views are marred, but even they have a price.
Smart storage is the future. Here are some cool tips to generate and store energy on a small scale.
Smart storage means the future is here. Gone are the bulky batteries of old. In are clever grids that allow homes to create and store their own power
Improvements in solar panel technology means new plants are changing the renewables landscape and providing electricity at a much lower price.
Eskom is finalising terms with the New Development Bank over a major loan to boost the power grid and aid SA's independent renewable power producers.
The drought has place water at the top of many people's agendas, and the judges will be focusing on this category in particular
Renewable power is proving a success, with wind energy surpassing the 1GW milestone in SA. Costs are falling and it is quicker to construct and safer.
But developed nations can play a big role in finding cheaper ways to produce clean energy.
The Energiewende programme has been a success, silencing critics ahead of COP21. All that's missing is viable storage and that now appears possible.
Renewable energy is gaining fast in South Africa and may still be the most financially viable way to avoid load-shedding and blackouts.
According to a report, fossil fuel savings and reduced load-shedding have saved the economy R8.3-billion in the first six months of the year.
Denmark's surplus production of wind generated energy shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy, say energy trade specialists.
Difficulties in obtaining leases on communal land in the Eastern Cape are discouraging investors in renewable energy.
Independent renewable energy producers are surpassing government promises, with 40 projects already connected to the grid and 50 more in the pipeline.
There seems to be a link between Eskom's loadshedding and bouts of xenophobic violence.
But efficiency and sustainability are still at odds with the way in which our cities work when it comes to power.