DMRE to host public engagement session on draft IRP 2023

  • The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) will host a series of public engagement sessions to unpack the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2023) that has been published for public comments.
  • The draft IRP 2023 was gazetted earlier this month and criticized because it does not provide any energy security for the ordinary South African leading up to 2030. Read more   

Members of the public, media and stakeholders are required to register before joining the session on the link below. Once registered, the meeting link will be issued. The first session will take place on 31 January 2024 Time: 13:00 – 16:00.

Link here to register: https://gcis.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SduV84_aS8SCQnlABRftFQ.

In its earlier call for public comments on the IRP 2023, the DMRE said the plan seeks to “ensure security of electricity supply by balancing supply with demand, while taking into account the environment and total cost of supply”.

“The draft IRP 2023 is based on a scientific process that considers several scenarios and latest developments in the country’s electricity industry. It considers two-time horizons, the first being the period up to 2030 focusing on addressing prevailing generation capacity constraints and system requirements to close the supply gap.

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“Horizon two covers the period from 2031 to 2050 and focuses on long-term electricity generation planning with pathways to achieve a resilient Net Zero electricity sector by 2050,” the DMRE said.

Link to a copy of the draft IRP 2023 HERE

Deadline for comments is 23 February 2024.

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