The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has called for the Department of Energy to follow a number of important requirements with all stakeholders before releasing the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The requirements include the latest and updated full cost figures on energy options and a meaningful engagement with all stakeholders before releasing the IRP. The organisation says there should be no room for secrecy or box-ticking in the decision making of the IRP although the plan is already long overdue. Robyn Hugo, programme head for Pollution & Climate Change at CER says there should be at least reasonable opportunity for comment on the draft to give stakeholders a chance to engage with the plan. "It won’t be fair or appropriate for them to publish the IRP over the festive season when people are not available or have the proper opportunity to give input," Hugo says. The IRP for Electricity 2010-2030 has become a contentious issue after the energy department as well as Treasury g...

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