The Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has made public renewable energy the focus over the next decade. Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe said the concerns raised about the constraining of renewables had been addressed, and the annual build limits on renewables were removed. “The electricity generation and distribution landscape in South Africa is changing at a rapid pace compared to the period before 2010. In keeping to our climate-change commitments, the country has also introduced renewable energy through independent power producers,” Radebe said. “Electricity demand is therefore no longer captive to the national grid (Eskom or municipalities), which impacts supply and demand planning.”
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A draft updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) approved by South Africa’s cabinet on 22 August sees the country’s nuclear capacity remaining at its current 1830 MWe over the period to 2030. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe yesterday released the plan for public comment. Under IRP 2018, coal would represent 46% of South Africa’s installed capacity mix, followed by gas with 16% and wind with 15% and solar photovoltaic with 10%. Nuclear’s 1860 MWe – the capacity of the country’s currently operating Koeberg nuclear power plant – would represent 2.5% of installed capacity, less than hydro (6%) and pumped storage (4%).
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