The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed receiving Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s letter of deviation from the country’s Integrated Resource Plan as well as applications for generation licences.

“Nersa hereby confirms that it has received a letter from the Minister of Energy on 2 May 2019, granting deviation from the existing IRP [Integrated Resource Plan] 2010-2030 for licensing of operation for generation facilities ranging above 1MW to 10MW,” said the regulator

The IRP serves to guide government’s plan for electricity provision within the energy mix.

The draft updated IRP was published for comment in August 2018.

The first IRP for South Africa was promulgated in March 2011. It was indicated at the time that the IRP should be a “living plan”, which would be revised by the department frequently.

In a statement on Wednesday, Nersa said it had been inundated with a number of queries from various stakeholders seeking clarity on the Minister of Energy’s letter.

Source: SA News