HomeRegional NewsAfricaThe release of the IRP – rescheduled for Monday

The release of the IRP – rescheduled for Monday

Speaking to the media on Tuesday outside Parliament, energy minister Jeff Radebe guaranteed that Friday 24 August 2018 will be the day of the issuance of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment.

Responding to reports that the IRP has been approved by cabinet and will be released for a ‘short consultation period’, Greenpeace Africa said: “The importance of the country’s new electricity plan cannot be underestimated: it will create policy certainty and determine our future direction for decades to come.

“The last time the IRP was finalised was in 2011, which means our current electricity plan is completely out of date, and therefore completely useless.”

In a media release, Greenpeace Africa said it hopes that minister Jeff Radebe is not at risk of being the latest energy minister who is unable to deliver the IRP.

“We first heard that the deadline for the release of the IRP was mid-August, then it was changed to Friday the 24th of August, and it is now scheduled for Monday the 27th of August ‘at the latest’. We have waited long enough. So the real question now is: Jeff, will you deliver what you have promised, and will Monday finally be it?”

This is a developing story, ESI Africa will keep updating it as new information arises. Read more: Will South Africa’s reviewed IRP hold clout?

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.