Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
11 Oct 2019
6:20 am

SA has a lot of catching up to do in the energy sector

Brian Sokutu

Years of interference at Eskom have left the country lagging behind, but a new plan is ready to roll.

Spain's electricity giant Iberdrola saw renewables sales jump 28 percent thanks to a rise in production of wind, hydro and to a lesser extent solar energy. AFP/File/PATRICIA CASTELLANOS

Political, labour and business interference in the energy sector policy-making process has for eight years proven to be a stumbling block in government concluding the much-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which could have seen hundreds of billions of rands in new investments being unlocked and electricity prices being lowered in South Africa, energy expert Chris Yelland said yesterday. So intense has the interference from stakeholders with vested interests on the energy policy direction been during the Jacob Zuma presidency, that years of delay in finalising the IRP have made it difficult for energy ministers to procure new energy generation capacity....