Integrated Resource Electricity Plan 2010 – 2030 South Africa 2011

Name of policy Integrated Resource Electricity Plan 2010 – 2030
Jurisdiction Country
Supranational region
Country South Africa
Region Africa

Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
  • Energy access
Type of policy instrument
  • Target
    • Renewable energy target
      • Political & non-binding renewable energy target
  • Regulatory Instruments
    • Policy support
      • Strategic planning
      Sector name
      • General
        • Electricity and heat
          • Coal
          • Gas
          • Nuclear
          • Renewables
        Policy description The 2010 update of the IRP aims to install 17.8GW of renewable power capacity between 2010 and 2030. This is 42% of the total new generation capacity to be installed during the same period.

        The current iteration of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for South Africa, initiated by the Department of Energy (DoE) after a frrst round of public participation in June 2010, led to the Revised Balanced Scenario (RBS) that was published in October 20 I 0. It laid out the proposed generation new build fleet for South Africa for the period 2010 to 2030. This scenario was derived based on the cost-optimal solution for new build options (considering the direct costs of new build power plants), which was then "balanced" in accordance with qualitative measures such as local job creation. In addition (new capacity) to all existing and committed power plants, the RBS included a nuclear fleet of 9,6 GW; 6,3 GW of coal; 11,4 GW of renewables (excl hydro); and 11,0 GW of other generation sources.

        Policy type
        • Energy efficiency
        • Renewables2
        Policy stringency
        Implementation state Implemented
        Date of decision 2011
        Start date of implementation 2011
        End date of implementation 2030
        High impact GHG reduction
        Impact indicator
        NameValueBase yearTarget yearComments
        Share of renewables (%)422,030Share of renewable in the energy mix

        Source or references
        Supports policies
        Is supported by policies
        Comments (background and assessment) Targets:

        21%/26.3% REN capacity by 2030 (5.5 GW hydro, 11.8 GW Wind, 0.6 GW CSP)

        Status Final

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