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Renewable Energy Master Plan Under the Spotlight

August 3, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

The South African Renewable Energy Master Plan and the Gas Master Plan remain on track.

The mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, confirmed this in an address to the Presidential Climate Commission on Just Energy Transition.

The minister added that work is underway to speed up the finalization of the plans.

“These instruments form part of providing a comprehensive energy framework with key objectives and targets on how to transition energy intensive sectors in South Africa to a low-carbon path”, he said.

In terms of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan and the proposed energy mix, the minister declared that the department needs to “ensure that we take an open and balanced approach and try to avoid a competition of technologies, but rather to analyse and define the energy mix suited to our economic and developmental context”.

According to the minister, the department needs to discuss the role of gas and nuclear in South Africa’s path towards lower carbon economy.

The minister confirmed that work is underway on “identifying key energy transition indicators relevant to our domestic context, as well as a modelling process that will look at the socio-economic impact of the implementation of the IRP2019 mix of measures”.

The plan is to seek comment on the energy transition indicators in the third quarter of 2021.

Meanwhile, the department has issued Request for Proposals for the procurement of an integrated system for the management of the licensing value chain.

The system seeks to ensure provision of reliable and precise information on the location of exploration and mining rights.

In a statement, the department added that the system seeks to attract investment in the mining sector and to grow the economy.

The department wants to appoint a service provider by the end of October 2021.