No further IRP consultations as Cabinet approves plan and 27 renewables projects

Energy Minister David Mahlobo reported on Thursday that Cabinet approved an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity during a marathon 12-hour meeting on Wednesday and that the new plan would be published without any further public consultation. Briefing the media at an ‘Energy Indaba’ convened by the Department of Energy, Mahlobo said the updated plan had retained the relative contributions of each of the generation technologies included in the IRP 2010. However, the mix had been adjusted for a lower demand forecast.