The South African government’s draft IRP2018 (Integrated Resource Plan), constituting the country’s new electricity roadmap to 2030, has been released for public comment.
Previous updates of the 2010 version were not promulgated resulting in an outmoded plan being used to roll out energy and power infrastructure development; leaving new technologies and trends unable to easily be accommodated in the country’s energy mix.
This important 2018 revision of the ‘living plan’ has been welcomed overall as a big improvement; however, industry stakeholders are not completely satisfied.
Our guest speakers unpacked the following:
- the impact on consumers;
- the impact on the country’s economy;
- public comment already raised; and
- what the promulgated IRP could look like.
- Jacob Mbele, Deputy Director General: Projects & Programmes, Department of Energy, South Africa
- TK Pooe, Public Policy Specialist, North West University, South Africa
- Sicelo Xulu, Energy Consultant, South Africa
- Jesse Burton, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa