About the IRP 2010

The South African Department of Energy (DOE) planned to start consultations with interested parties about the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for SA’s electrical energy future back in 2010.

While the IRP was eventually updated some years later, as of May 2015 it has still not been approved by cabinet.

EGSA has written numerous letters to various government officials on this matter, but is yet to have a reply.

A complaint has been lodged with the Public Protector.

The Department of Energy’s official website on IRP is at http://www.doe-irp.co.za/

18 thoughts on “About the IRP 2010

  1. Alice Thomson

    I am a member of Earthlife Africa. We are concerned about the implications of increasing the numbers of nuclear and coal-fired power stations. As we all know coal will increase our carbon dioxide emissions which are causing climate change. This is having catastrophic effects on our planet – increasing diseases such as malaria, increasing water shortages, changing the climate so that food is more difficult to produce etc. However nuclear energy is not a climate friendly solution. Uranium mining is energy intensive and thus carbon intensive and we don’t yet know how to safely dispose of the radioactive waste. The solution is to reduce the energy intensity of our economy, reduce demand, boost labour intensive and low energy intensive sectors of the economy, while changing to renewable energy and intensifying energy efficiency measures. Already SA has the most energy intensive economy in the world – per capita and per dollar GDP we are 20 times worse than the USA. Shut down the smelters and create employment for those workers in the solar water heater industry.

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    1. irp2

      Hi,
      Both residential and industrial electricity needs are growing, so the answer is these two plants are being built for both needs.

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      1. Alan Murphy

        There is no absolutely no need for more coal. Kusile and Medupi are only for elite greed. Nearly every South Africa household can be not only energy efficient, but also net energy producers. Residential needs can and must be met by renwables with economic mechanisms, inovative taxes and appropriate cross-subsidies.

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  2. George

    Would the new IRP2 include electricity import from the massive Mamabula power project in Botswana being proposed by a company called CIC Energy Corporation? Just curious since this project has been delayed for more than 4 years and would support guaranteeing supply to South Africa.

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    1. irp2

      Hi,
      The IRP2 input assumption on power imports does not name the sources, but there is one fossil fuel power source with a capacity of 1000 MW which is probably Mmamabula.

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  3. George

    When would we know whether Mmamabula power plant is included in the 1000 MW allocated to fossil fuel or not? Is it on June 30?

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    1. irp2

      It is not clear when or whether the DOE will give us all the details!
      The best way is to submit your questions to the DOE about the IRP2 as a Stakeholder (or if you didn’t register yourself as a Stakeholder, submit your question through someone who has).

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  4. Mariette

    I am now totally confused about the closing date for our written response to the IRP2 parameters. On http://www.doe-irp.co.za/ at the top it says ”Draft Parameter Sheets available for comments by 11 June 2010” but lower down it says ”Closing date for first round of comments is 12pm on 30 May 2010.” And if the second date was the right one, we will now have lost our right to comment for the whole rest of the process. Can anyone shed some light here?

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    1. irp2

      Hi,
      The DOE have changed the dates a few times, I am assuming that the DOE emails to registered Stakeholders are the final word and that the 30 May date on the DOE website is wrong, see the DOE email below.

      People who did not register as Stakeholders by 3 May and who are not getting the DOE emails will probably not be able to comment and will not be part of the consultation process – but can of course comment through others, and it is worth submitting your comments to the DOE anyway.
      Here is the latest email from Angelique Killian to all the registered Stakeholders on 20 May, 2010:

      Dear Stakeholders,

      The Department of Energy hereby invites you to a STAKEHOLDER PLENARY SESSION on the IRP for Electricity, 2010. This One Day Session will be held on 07 June 2010. You will be advised of the venue in due course.

      You are kindly requested to take note of the following:

      (1) To please indicate to us by 28 May 2010 if you would like to be allocated a slot to do a Powerpoint presentation of your comments on the Draft Input Parameter Sheets. Please send an email to irp2010@mweb.co.za.
      (2) Presenters will be allocated only 15 minutes (10 slides) to present.
      (3) Powerpoint presentations should be emailed to irp2010@mweb.co.za by 08:00am on 02 June 2010.
      (4) In the event of you being allocated a slot to present, you will receive confirmation of your allocated slot by 03 June 2010.

      In order to consider discussions held at the plenary session, kindly also note that the deadline for comments on the Draft Parameter Sheets of 30 May 2010 has been FINALLY extended to 11 June 2010.

      Kind regards,
      Angelique Kilian
      PROJECT MANAGER
      Tel: +27 12 444 4369
      Cell: +27 72 473 9519

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  5. Quillan

    I am a member of Earthlife Africa. We are concerned about the implications of increasing the numbers of nuclear and coal-fired power stations. As we all know coal will increase our carbon dioxide emissions which are causing climate change. This is having catastrophic effects on our planet – increasing diseases such as malaria, increasing water shortages, changing the climate so that food is more difficult to produce etc. However nuclear energy is not a climate friendly solution. Uranium mining is energy intensive and thus carbon intensive and we don’t yet know how to safely dispose of the radioactive waste. The solution is to reduce the energy intensity of our economy, reduce demand, boost labour intensive and low energy intensive sectors of the economy, while changing to renewable energy and intensifying energy efficiency measures. Already SA has the most energy intensive economy in the world – per capita and per dollar GDP we are 20 times worse than the USA. Shut down the smelters and create employment for those workers in the solar water heater industry.
    +1

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    1. irp2

      Hi,
      Sorry about the delay in getting your comments out – for some reason WordPress put it in the spam box and I hadn’t bothered to look at the spam coming it!
      Regards,

      Peter Atkins

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  6. Jessica

    Do you think that the new IRP2 document strikes the correct balance between ‘dirty’ sources of power and renewable sources of power for South Africa? If so, why?

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  7. Pierre-Louis

    Where can I find the latest IRP2010 as it has been published in the Gov. Gazette NO 34263 of May 6, 2011. The little bit I got is quite confusing. Regards PL Lemercier

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    1. irp2

      Hi,
      There is a “final report” on the DOE-IRP web site, but it is not clear if this is waht was actually gazetted, here is the link:
      http://www.doe-irp.co.za/content/IRP2010_2030_Final_Report_20110325.pdf
      You can also get it form the Green Gazette, but you have to subscribe:
      http://www.greengazette.co.za/pages/2011/05/Gazettes/Regulation/20110506%20-%20Regulation%20Gazette%20No%2034263%20of%2006-May-2011,%20Volume%20551%20No%209531,%20012.pdf
      I hope this helps.
      Regards
      Peter Atkins

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