The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy has adopted the draft IRP 2018 following a public consultation process. In this process, the committee received some 40 written submissions including 38 requests to make oral submissions. The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) notes that some of the key submissions made by the association before the committee in October have now been adopted as final recommendations in adaptation of the draft IRP 2018. In its original submission, the association raised the following, which has been adopted recommendations.
The early adoption of the IRP by the committee signals government’s intention to restore public confidence in the redress of South Africa’s energy challenges. This also provides a degree of policy certainty in the local energy sector, to boost the sector’s ability to address the skills gap and unemployment facing ordinary South Africans.
SAPVIA will wait for further announcements by the Department of Energy on when the minister of energy will convene an energy summit to discuss and map out the energy future of South Africa as one of the adopted recommendations by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy.
Contact Kim Thomas, SAPVIA, Tel 021 200-5856, firstname.lastname@example.org
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