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Public encouraged to comment on Draft Energy Policy
Comment on energy policy

Providing a reliable energy supply in order to mitigate the impacts of load shedding, promoting local power generation resources and infrastructure and also developing South Africa’s green hydrogen as a reliable energy carrier are the core objectives of the Draft Energy Policy which is now open for public comment.

In line with Section 195 (1) (e) of the South African Constitution and Section 17 of the Municipal Systems Act (No 32 of 2000), the public and all interested parties are invited to comment on the draft policy. Comments will be accepted until 15 January 2021.

The City drafted a new Energy Policy in order to create an enabling environment for the execution of viable power infrastructure projects. The energy transformation will require strong collaboration and partnerships.

The reason the Municipality is seeking to make the transition towards generating its own renewable power and purchasing it from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) include;

  •  The cost of power from Eskom is higher than the IPP cost,
  •   Renewable content of the Eskom supply not being high enough to meet the City’s 2050 renewable target of 100 percent and.
  • The pressure that has been put by the carbon tax introduction on the private sector to reduce carbon emissions, which in turn pressures the Municipality to provide a low carbon source of power.

Included in the policy is the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP), which is the first local government integrated resource plan in South Africa.

The EIRP, which aims to increase renewable energy and flexible generation supply in the eThekwini Municipality as a contribution to global climate action, aiming to achieve at least 40 percent renewable energy supply by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050, is presented for public consultation together with the Energy Strategic Roadmap of 2019 as the Draft eThekwini Energy Policy.

Changing energy landscapes in South Africa requires local government to adequately implement aggressive energy reforms driven by alternative energy technologies.

Sbu Ntshalintshali from the eThekwini Energy Office said the diversification strategy of energy supply will create sustainable jobs while restoring energy security.

“The development of hydrogen economy will position Durban as a major exporter of green, blue and gray hydrogen. Key sectors of economy such as transport, buildings and industry will be deep decarbonised. We are facing unprecedented scenarios of shortages in the liquid fuel industry as well. Renewable hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonising the entire energy value chain,” said Ntshalintshali.

To access policy documents, visit https://bit.ly/35KMPMJ  

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