Energy Minister Jeff Radebe released the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) 2018 for public comment.

The plan maps out how government intends to manage electricity demand in industry, households and business up until 2030. IRP 2010 was first promulgated in 2011 and is a “living plan” intended to be revised by the Department of Energy (DoE) frequently.

The public have until 26 October to submit their comments.

Please use the form below to add your name and comment.

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Top energy advisor Ted Blom will be presenting this public participation at the upcoming hearings.

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  • Regulatory certainty
  • Provides a path to 2030
  • Eskom remains the monopoly and retains current bloated format
  • Signals to South Africans current Government thinking in energy
  • Has identified that SA electricity use is declining
  • Signals that Government will focus on Gas, solar and wind only, with Private IPPs charged with building 2 small coal power stations.
  • Builds on current REIPP program (Renewable Energy IPP).
  • The plan is not based on the IEP (Integrated Energy Plan) as is required by law.
  • The plan has several factual errors.
  • The plan demolishes coal power (12000MW) and replaces it with unreliable RE (12000MW)
  • Robust electricity is required to supply mines and smelters – renewables cannot supply robust power on demand.
  • There is zero nuclear, despite the NDP emphasising “beneficiation” as a key future economic driver of the economy.
  • The plan accepts the current Eskom pricing path, there is no reversion to zero based budgeting and cleanout of inefficiency /corruption and bloated Eskom (35 000 excess headcount) which if sorted out, could immediately save Eskom R22bn per year in costs.
  • The IRP also includes 2500MW of power from the INGA river scheme in the Congo based on nothing but a handshake between the presidents of the 2 countries.
  • If no drastic intervention takes place, Eskom sales will decline by around 5% and tariffs will need to increase by 25% pa until 2030 at least.
  • The GRID is still not opened to foster competition for Eskom and give consumers choice.
  • The energy trio will stand to benefit at R40BN per year – paid for by the public, a renewable deal will cost more than the Nuclear deal and wont resurrect the economy – which is built on mining and refineries.
  • Chinese industrial economic sector in Limpopo – why are they building a substantial coal power station? Because its cheap, sustainable and boosts their ecomomy – endorsed by government.
  • Business as usual – no path to dropping tariffs. Everything in the IRP points to an annual increase of 25% year on year for the next 20 years.