Jan 31, 2023

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To end load-shedding, stakeholders must unite and play their part: NPC

To ensure stable electricity supply, priority must be given to new generation and significant storage capacity, the National Planning Commission (NPC) said on Wednesday.

There are indications that this could reach 10,000 within 24 months possible MW of the former will be built and commissioned quickly, with 5,000 MW of the latter, it said.

The NPC, a government agency responsible for the country’s strategic planning, made the comments when she proposed urgent action to end load shedding.

“The National Planning Commission notes with great concern that load shedding is ongoing and is now reaching Level 6.”

She said she has repeatedly stresses that the National Development Plan goals cannot be achieved without energy security.

The NPC said SA has suffered from load shedding since 2008, which limits many development policies and strategies.

solar and Wind power projects can be built within two to three years, she added.

“Ending load shedding needs to become a unified national goal for the whole country and everyone involved.” Everyone should do their part to help achieve this overarching goal.”

The NPC said that for this to happen, an “energy emergency” would need to be declared, which would allow the bureaucracy to be overcome prevents the acceleration of the deployment of new generation capacity.

“To achieve the overall target of 10,000 MW of new generation capacity and 5,000 MW of storage capacity, important obstacles must be removed.”

< p>One of them is the repeal of the 100 MW cap, as Eskom’s grid code and grid connection authorization process are sufficient to regulate this growing market.

The NPC added the National Energy Regulator of SA registration process, which facilitates the implementation delaying projects should be discarded and replaced with an online process for database purposes only.

Environmental and water use permits need to be streamlined to take advantage of the de r Renewable Energy Development Zone, which allows for quick approvals, it said.

There must be a temporary exemption from local content requirements for the construction and commissioning of new generation and storage capacity, which will take place in the to go online in the next 36 months, said the NPC.

“In parallel, key stakeholders should reach a formal agreement to strike a balance between importing components in the short term and the need to phase out upstream industrialization in the medium to long term.” to introduce.”

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