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by Gabriel Klaasen


Categories: Archive

by Gabriel Klaasen


Hosted by Idasa at the Cape Town Democracy Centre

Venue: 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Date: 7 May 2010

Time: 9h30 – 2h00

The Department of Energy is developing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2) to meet long term electricity needs in South Africa. Work on the plan is underway, and to be completed by late 2010.  Idasa, WWF-SA, SAFCEI, and ERC are collaborating to organise a series of meetings of civil society and labour to discuss the process by which IRP 2 will be developed, to share information, and exchange perspectives on the key issues at hand. IRP 2 will determine whether South Africa:

  • has adequate electricity to meet demand
  • can extend access to electricity for the poor
  • can reduce its GHG emissions
  • continues on an energy intensive economic path, or charts a new path to green growth

Civil society has a critical role to play in informing these crucial decisions. Workshops will be held in Cape Town, Durban (10 May) and Johannesburg (12 May) in the advance of the Energy Caucus (13 – 14 May). The workshops will also include a technical introduction to utility planning methods and approaches using the Sustainable National Accessible Power Planning (SNAPP) tool developed by WWF and the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town.

Please confirm your participation in the Cape Town workshop with Ms. Abigail Knox of Idasa ( by 2 pm on Thursday 6 May 2010.


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