The most cost-effective option for SA’s energy future does not include the commissioning of new nuclear power plants, a ministerial advisory committee on energy says. The advisory committee was commissioned by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to analyse and provide feedback on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP is the key energy planning document and sets out projections on demand and the cost of various technologies to arrive at an optimal energy mix over a 20-year period. The keenly awaited IRP and the Integrated Energy Plan had been submitted to the Cabinet and would be released for public comment shortly, the minister said on Wednesday when answering questions in the National Council of Provinces. She said the Cabinet had decided Eskom would be the owner and operator of the nuclear build programme. Joemat-Pettersson said Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe would announce on Thursday that the reports would be released for public comment and input before a ...

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