Oct 15, 2010
Civil society requests more IRP2010 comment timeBack
Africa|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|System|Africa|Energy|Power Generation|Power-generation|Environmental|Power
© Reuse this
Business, community and labour representatives met with government on Friday as part of ongoing consultation processes under the National Stakeholders Advisory Council on Energy, which is chaired by Motlanthe.
At the meeting, the civil society groupings requested that the comment period on the IRP2010, the draft of which was published on October 8, be extended from 30 to 60 days. They said that the extension would ensure better quality inputs into the document, which will provide a framework for South Africa's power generation mix for the next 20 years.
The promulgation of the IRP2010 has already been delayed to facilitate consultation and input from various government departments and the Department of Energy (DoE) had been hoping to present it to Cabinet in November, ahead of promulgation.
However, business representative to the energy council Dr Raymond Parsons said that, owing to the complexity of the document and its underlying assumptions, the stakeholders felt more time was needed. This, he said, would help to ensure that the right decisions were made on the important issue of electricity "from the outset".
Labour and community groups, including influential environmental organisations, also agreed that an extension was advisable.
DoE director-general Nelisiwe Magubane said that government was willing to consider accommodating the request, but stressed that public hearings would continue in early November as outlined in a recent Government Gazette notice. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa would host these hearings, the format and dates of which would be disclosed soon.
Magubane also stressed that any additional consultation period would not lead to a delay in the initiation of bidding processes for the first renewable energy feed-in tariff projects, with 1 025 MW of such capacity already catered for under the IRP1.
It would also not influence plans to move ahead with the implementation of initiatives highlighted in the medium-term risk mitigation plan (MTRMP), which had been published alongside the IRP2010.
The MTRMP identifies a number of urgent interventions to ensure that the "lights stay on" between 2011 and 2016 - a period during which the country's reserve margin would make the system vulnerable to blackouts.
Parsons argued for an asymmetrical approach, whereby the MTRMP was fast-tracked, while more time was given to finalising the IRP2010.
Magubane stressed, though, that the plan would be revised from time to time and indicated that it would also be possible to improve it in later versions. The next edition is expected in 2012.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Video News
Updated 5 minutes ago Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7-billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the US president's flagship project...
Updated 19 minutes ago There is widespread consensus that the Price Preference System (PPS) –introduced in September 2013 to restrict the export of scrap metal before it had first been offered for sale to the domestic consumers at a 20% discount to an international benchmark price – has...
Updated 29 minutes ago The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the Agriculture Policy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The...
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
As the City of Ekurhuleni continues its bid to develop the largely industrialised metropole into the continent’s first aerotropolis, executive mayor Mondli Gungubele has committed the city to creating a predictable, stable and enabling business environment in which...
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth earlier this month....
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
The Malawi government has launched a $50-million project to upgrade the Kamuzu barrage, on the Shire river, an outlet of Lake Malawi, which is used to control the flow of water from the lake to the lower Shire area. The project will run from this year to 2017 and...
Our new Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges will replace the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges which have served us for the past twenty years. The buildings will be the same and most of the staff will be the same but as the...