BUSA has noted with approval Minister Radebe’s statement before the Portfolio Committee on Energy that the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be reopened for public consultation. BUSA has previously called for the IRP to be subjected to public consultation, including consultation in Nedlac. BUSA particularly welcomed the indication by the Minister that the Department intended to table the IRP for engagement at Nedlac
“We agree with the Minister that the finalisation of the integrated resource plan and the integrated energy plan are vital for policy certainty in the energy sector” said Tanya Cohen, BUSA CEO.
BUSA has been consistent in its position that an updated IRP requires evidence and consultation to ensure that the plan is sustainable, affordable and geared towards inclusive growth. An updated IRP is required to place South Africa’s energy policy on a sustainable footing, and will provide the foundation for higher levels of economic growth, stated BUSA.