Eskom calls for more emergency power
Eskom and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) have come out in support of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa) plans to secure new power generation.
The power company went further, calling for emergency additions of another 3,000 MW. DMRE Minister Gwede Mantashe welcomed the Section 34 Declaration from Nersa. This allows the DMRE to procure more power in line with South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) of 2019.
The plan should secure 11,813 MW of power from 2022. The largest part of this will come from renewable energy sources, with solar photovoltaic and wind to provide 6,800 MW. The next largest part will be gas with 3,000 MW, coal with 1,500 MW and storage with 513 MW. This will come in addition to the risk mitigation independent power producer programme (RMIPPP), which is already under way and should secure 2,000 MW. The government issued requests for proposals (RFP) in August.
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