South Africa to introduce new legislation to speed up power plant projects
South Africa is developing new laws to speed up energy projects to increase production and help end power cuts. Presentation by the National Energy Crisis Committee
Aged coal power plant The investment in new production capacity is too low. and implementation of policies to promote private service providers South Africa faces constant power cuts.
However, work is underway to accelerate the acquisition of additional capacity. According to a Reuters presentation on Tuesday from the National Energy Crisis Commission. established by President Cyril Ramaphosa
said the committee was working to “Develop emergency legislation that can be proposed in parliament to speed up energy projects and enable coordination and decisive action.”
It added that “bureaucratic networks” made it difficult to deal with energy crises and that “the current regulatory framework is not designed to deal with energy shortages”.
The document noted that progress has been made in an energy action plan announced by Ramaphosa in July. This includes increasing licensing requirements for private embedded power projects and energy imports.
This week Ramaphosa is meeting various stakeholders. to discuss how to deal with the country’s worst power cuts on record
In one of the meetings attended by political party leaders It has been revealed that the electricity shortage looks set to continue at least into 2024.
largest opposition party Democratic Alliance Party announced on Tuesday that it would go to court to suspend The latest “unaffordable tariff increase” approved by the Energy Regulatory Authority.
The party also wants the power cuts it has declared unconstitutional.
Leaders from small opposition parties and some businesses threatened legal action over the power cuts on Monday. When they sent a lawyer letter to Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter and State Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.