Govt can now buy energy from any source outside Eskom- Nersa



National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) have granted liberty to the government to buy electricity from other sources outside Eskom.

This does not stop the government from buying Eskom’s energy.

This is a part the Integrated Resource Plan submitted by the ministerial determined to diversify South Africa’s energy mix.

This plan was submitted in February.

In accordance with the country’s National Development Plan, the Integrated Resource Plan wants energy technology needed to meet expected demand by the year 2030.

This approval will allow the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to purchase additional energy and renewable energy from any source.

The IRP stipulates that an additional 6,800 megawatts from renewable sources, 513MW from storage, 3,000MW from gas and 1,500MW from coal.

This will result in more than 11,800MW being added to the grid from the year 2022.

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