Electricity: SA on track, but a more ambitious plan is needed

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Electricity: SA on track, but a more ambitious plan is needed

To align with its climate-change goals, the country’s green power-generation plan needs further investigation

Jason van der Poel

Legislative reforms are making SA’s energy sector greener and more competitive, which will encourage economic growth and help the country meet its climate-change commitments

The focus on clean energy at COP26 in Glasgow is helping to drive a number of welcome changes in the South African energy sector. Some have also been necessitated by new technologies, Eskom’s funding issues and its need to align with global trends away from monopolistic, state-owned utilities and towards more competitive electricity markets.

SA’s IRP 2019 suggests 750MW of new coal will be added in 2023 and 2027, and the country should have about 33,000MW of installed coal-fired generation capacity by 2030, taking decommissioning into account. The plan is to extend the life of the Koeberg nuclear power station...

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