CAPE TOWN– Parliament’s Committee on Energy has welcomed the publishing of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), saying it will give policy certainty to South Africa regarding future energy development in the country.

“The Portfolio Committee on Energy has welcomed the publishing of the Integrated Resource Plan, which has been available for public comment since the 27 August,” the committee said in a statement here Wednesday.

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe briefed the committee on Tuesday on the IPR, which serves to guide the government’s plan for electricity provision within the energy mix. The Cabinet approval of the draft updated IRP 2018 on Aug 22.

Radebe told the committee that the plan has been published for public comment for 60 days.

Committee chairperson FikileMajola said the public has been calling for the committee to conduct public hearings on the nuclear energy development programme. However, in light of the updated IRP, which does not include additional nuclear, the committee will undertake a public consultation process on the updated IRP.

The first IRP for South Africa was promulgated in March 2011. It was indicated at the time that the IRP should be a “living plan”, which would be revised by the Department of Energy (DoE) frequently.

Radebe told a media briefing in Pretoria last month that the promulgated IRP, commonly referred to as IRP 2010, is currently being used to roll out electricity infrastructure development in line with Ministerial Determinations issued under Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act.


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