Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: South Africa

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What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector?

Key policies South Africa energy policy is influenced by numerous policies including the White Paper on the Energy Policy of South Africa 1998 and the National Development Plan (NDP) which aims to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. The NDP’s economic infrastructure objectives include providing at least 90 per cent of the South African population with access to the electricity grid (with the remaining proportion having access to non-grid options). Energy policy is also influenced by the Integrated Resource Plan 2010-2030 (IRP) which was promulgated in March 2011. It sets out the country’s electricity demand profile for the next 20 years and determines how to best meet this demand from different energy sources. It is intended to be a ‘living plan’ and to be revised in two-year intervals and has formed the basis of recent independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes. Future planned policies include: (i) the integrated energy policy which is to inform South Africa’s future energy mix and prioritise policy interventions for future programmes within the energy sector and (ii) the gas utilisation master plan which should clarify South Africa’s approach in developing its nascent gas economy.

Originally published in Getting the Deal Through: Electricity Regulation 2017, (published in October 2017.

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