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Energy Minister comments on IRP2 interactive process and new website

Energy: Minister’s Budget Speech. 20 Apr 2010 – 18:13

Media Briefing:
BUDGET VOTE ADDRESS BY THE MINISTER OF ENERGY, Ms DIPUO PETERS  TO THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PROVINCES ENERGY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE

EXTRACT:
“Towards the end of last year we promulgated, an interim Integrated Resource Plan (IRP1) to cover the period 2010-2013. The IRP1 sought to provide us with space to deal with:
·    stakeholder engagement,
·    economic growth assumptions,
·    engagement with intensive energy users in the context of the Energy Conservation,
·    renewable energy,
·    demand side management and energy efficiency initiatives,
·    climate change imperatives,  as well as,
·    understanding what the Southern African Power Pool can deliver.

The IRP2 currently under development will cover a period of 25 years and will put into effect our President’s commitments in line with our Long Term Mitigation Scenarios.

The decision of the World Bank to grant a loan to Eskom, our state utility tasked with the supply of electricity, will enable us to continue with our build programme as well as broadening the use of renewable and clean energy sources in our country.

Working together with  the Department of Science and Technology and through SANEDI (our energy research entity),  we will find home grown scientific answers to the issue of carbon capture and storage as well as using our abundant coal reserves to produce clean forms of energy to reduce greenhouse emissions.

To facilitate meaningful engagement process for IRP2, we will within the next few days introduce an interactive website, (www.energyirp2010.co.za), and will also hold workshops and stakeholder forums dedicated to culminate in the country’s electricity plan.”

For full text of briefing see:

http://www.pmg.org.za/briefing/20100420-energy-ministers-budget-speech

http://www.pmg.org.za/print/21132

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