Oct 15, 2010
Civil society requests more IRP2010 comment timeBack
Africa|Energy|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
Recent Research Reports
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.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...