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South Africa: Energy Plan to be published for Public Discussion
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 12, 2016

“Integrated energy planning is required to ensure that current and future energy service needs can be met in the most efficient and socially beneficial manner, while controlling economic costs, serving national imperatives such as poverty alleviation and job creation and minimising adverse impacts on the environment,” said Cabinet.
The IEP provides a long-term vision of how South Africa can use energy optimally as a mechanism to remain competitive, which inherently requires a shift in how various energy resources are used.
Tabling the department’s budget vote in May, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the final version of the document will be tabled for further discussion.
Nuclear power implementing agent
Additionally, Cabinet amended its decision of 10 June 2015 to designate the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) as the implementing agent for the country’s Nuclear New Build Programme.
South Africa plans to introduce 9 600 Megawatts of nuclear energy to the grid in the next decade.
The Cabinet decision at the time allowed power utility Eskom to focus on the Medupi, Kusile and Ingula projects and the energy challenges the country was experiencing.
“Cabinet designated Eskom as the owner operator and procurer for nuclear power plants in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Policy of 2008. Eskom has more than 30 years of safe operation of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant, which is also the only Nuclear Power Plant in Africa, and has been developing the environmental impact assessment and nuclear site safety reports for possible nuclear power plants since 2007.”
Cabinet also approved the designating of Necsa as the owner, operator and procurer for nuclear fuel cycle and multi-purpose reactor.
“The Department of Energy will continue to act on its mandate as the policy setting and coordinating department of the nuclear build programme.”
Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update
At its meeting this week, Cabinet was also briefed on progress regarding the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and approved that public consultation be undertaken on the base case and assumptions.
The IRP2010 places specific emphasis on broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, renewables (wind, solar and hydro), in response to both the country's future electricity needs as well as reduce its CO2 emissions.
Cabinet said since the IRP 2010-30 there has been a number of developments affecting the energy sector.
“The IRP update process balances a number of objectives to ensure security of supply so as to minimise cost of electricity, to promote job creation and localisation, to minimise negative environmental impacts, minimise water use and to diversify supply sources.”
Cabinet said the first milestone which is the compilation of assumptions to be used in the IRP has been completed, pending public consultation.
The second milestone on the development of the base case which is a least cost plan has been completed. The third milestone which is a scenario analysis is underway. The fourth milestone is policy adjustment, said Cabinet.
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