Senior Researcher at Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"The formidable task is now on the government to transform the existing fossil fuel energy system into a more sustainable form that consumes less energy or that which sources energy from clean and renewable energy technologies. Now whether it is possible to transform the existing system to one of cleaner and greener technological systems will depend on the economic and technical opportunities of new alternative technologies and how firms react to them. While polices promoting the use of these new technologies tend to make new technologies attractive to private investors, regulatory changes tend to lead the direction of change by changing the economic conditions of technologies. Firms respond to these market opportunities induced by polices and incentives by developing and diffusing these new technologies and eventually creating new markets conditions for alternative energy technologies."
"Changing Configuration of the Alternative Energy Systems," cowritten with Lynn Mytelka, UNU-MERIT website, 2008