Portfolio committee on energy adopts draft IRP 2018

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.

  • Including local government in the IRP planning process and the implementation thereof, which the association saw as particularly important given the role of local government in driving procurement and growth of the small-scale embedded generation sector.
  • Increasing the allocation to small-scale embedded generation from the current 200 MW in the draft IRP to at least 500 MW. The allocation can be ramped up gradually over a five-year period as the embedded generation sector has shown potential to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
  • Holding a public dialogue on the energy transition for communities who will be impacted directly by the transition from the use of fossil fuels as the association firmly believes that this is crucial in the transformation of the energy sector.

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, kim@sapvia.co.za

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