Jeff Radebe pledges to consult widely on future of energy mix
The energy minister says it is critical for the department to finalise the policies 'soon' to provide policy certainty
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe undertook on Tuesday to consult business, labour and other stakeholders on the government plan for SA’s energy mix before it was put to the Cabinet again. Releasing the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for comment ahead of its promulgation will give energy experts the opportunity to interrogate the assumptions made in energy supply and demand projections as well as the relative cost accorded to the different energy sources. These assumptions were a source of controversy when the draft plan was released. Criticism was that the proposed renewables were artificially capped to bolster the case for nuclear energy. The plan will determine the energy mix for the next 20 years. Apart from the IRP, the Department of Energy is also working on the Integrated Energy Plan after both were sent back by the Cabinet for revision in December 2017. Radebe said it was critical for the department to finalise the policies “soon” to provide policy certainty. He told Parliam...