With the country experiencing challenges in supplying
sufficient energy to meet a growing demand – particularly with regard
to electricity – the need to conserve energy and to use it efficiently is the cornerstone of our strategy as we head for the cold winter months.
The deteriorating Eskom plant performance, driven by old generation infrastructure,
confirms that we need to replace old power plants and invest in new generation capacity.
This will support the call by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa to entice investment into South Africa.
As a country, we have not fully taken advantage of the opportunity to create jobs through the Energy Efficiency Demand
Side Management (EEDSM) while balancing the electricity system.
Energy Month thus advances our awareness-building efforts in this regard.
The country has, in a short period, come up with effective short-term interventions to avert and alleviate electricity supply interruptions.
This has produced huge relief to all as the interruptions caused by load shedding have had a negative impact on the economy.
The Department, with its associated entities, has initiated a number of energy efficiency initiatives for the domestic
IN PURSUIT OF ENERGY SECURITY and industrial sector, including standards and labeling of appliances.
In addition to this it has introduced demand management programmes in municipalities in line with the Integrated Energy Plan.
We are confident that these interventions will continue to provide lasting relief thoroughout the winter period,
IN PURSUIT OF ENERGY SECURITY while we are putting our efforts into finalising the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
The IRP seeks to achieve the necessary balance between electricity supply and demand by introducing power generation technologies timeously in pursuit of set policy objectives.
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