Fast-tracking to a healthy, modern, affordable electricity supply for all.
On Wednesday, 8 May 2013 the Electricity Governance Initiative South Africa (EGI-SA) launches its latest report: “Smart Electricity Planning”. The aim is to strengthen and to build on the South African government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to fast-track our nation’s transition to a smarter and more equitable electricity future.
The Smart Electricity Planning report is a contribution of civil society to the critical discussion about energy choices in South Africa. There is a pressing need to re-assess how both electricity and energy planning are undertaken in South Africa. A pro-poor approach must address multiple social and environmental objectives. The report is a result of detailed research using a robust modelling tool developed by UCT’s Energy Research Centre. The Smart Electricity Planning report, when compared to the IRP2010, would enhance environmental quality, provide more jobs, address energy poverty and reduce capital expenditure.
The report’s main chapters focus on Demand and Supply. The potential of energy conservation and energy efficiency of all economic sectors point to a lower electricity demand as compared to the IRP2010. Together with future scenarios focusing on renewable energy – including a supportive institutional framework – a healthy, modern and affordable electricity sector is envisioned in the Smart Electricity Plan– without constraining just economic development.
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