Polity.org.za 29 October 2012.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters reported on Monday that the Department of Energy (DoE) had received “concurrence” from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa for a Ministerial determination opening the way for the procurement of 7 761 MW of baseload capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) between now and 2025.

The baseload determination included the prospect of increased power imports, primarily from hydropower schemes in the Southern Africa region…

(Editor’s note: By a simple decree, our Minister of Energy can and has “determined” what we need. This is where we desperately need the Integrated Energy Plan which would inform these sort of ad hoc decisions. I previously said this determination was not in lline with the IRP 2012, however it is in line with the “policy-adjusted” IRP 2010. My apologies. However, I hope sense will prevail as I don;t think we need more coal powered power stations.)

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