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Energy Council Launched

November 5, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Government will continue to spearhead whatever legislative and policy interventions are necessary to ensure a thriving energy sector serving both the local economy and households.

The mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, emphasized this during an address at the launch of the Energy Council.

The minister pointed out that the Energy Council flows from engagements with the energy sector to set up a similar body to the Minerals Council that will “assist to bring harmony to the manner in which the sector addressed the energy challenges in South Africa”.

“I therefore hope that both the Minerals Council and the Energy Council, the latter which we are launching here today, will naturally forge areas of mutual interest premised on the common denominator on the interlink between mineral resources and energy”, he said.

The minister also clarified that the mineral resources and energy department’s support for coal is not an “anti-climate change stance but a pragmatic approach informed by what we can afford that will provide us with a consistent supply of baseload for our electricity needs”.

Interventions going forward include finalizing the addition of about two thousand megawatts (2 000MW) of energy through the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme by the end of January 2022; the addition of just under two thousand six hundred megawatts (2 600MW) of new generation capacity from wind and solar PV projects from Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme; the continuation of oil and gas exploration including shale gas exploration in the Karoo and the Hydrogen Society Roadmap designed to move South Africa towards an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy by 2050.

Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 45424, the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) announced public hearings on the Electricity Industry Price Determination Methodology.

Hearings are scheduled for 5 and 12 November 2021.

NERSA pointed out that public hearings for Gauteng province scheduled for 3 November 2021 were cancelled and presenters who had registered will present at public hearings scheduled for 5 November 2021.