The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) held a one-day dialogue event at the Sandton Convention Centre recently to discuss the most suitable forms of electricity generation for South Africa in the light of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recently released draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
Five presentations were given followed by a discussion panel. The presenters, which included independent consultants, representatives from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the World Energy Council, Swiss RE, an insurance company, and a local banking group discussed the importance of proper energy planning – not just for the provision of electricity, but for energy sources in general – saying that the country’s integrated energy plan (IEP) should have both short-term and long- term targets, with clear policies which address South Africa’s particular needs.
These needs, according to Mike Rossouw, and independent consultant, include low-cost energy, security of energy supply an low water usage. Rossouw pointed out that the South African manufacturing, mining and materials processing has changed significantly resulting in a reduced demand for base-load electricity....