New Build Program

Although too late to prevent the 2008 crisis, the New Build Program was introduced by Eskom [Eskom, 2014d], which resulted in much more comprehensive Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which looked at the infrastructure and power requirements on a national level, developed by the Department of Energy in conjunction with various stakeholders [DoE, 2013]. As a result of this, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) has successfully been implemented, where Independent Power Producers (IPP) can connect renewable resources onto the national grid. South Africa’s energy build plan still incorporates the development of fossil fuel assets in the foreseeable future with the Department of Energy committed to transition to a low-carbon economy, with priority to be given to clean energy alternatives, subject to current technological and cost constraints [NUS, 2016-10].


Department of Energy (2013) Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010-2030: Updated Report November 2013, Department of Energy, Pretoria

Eskom (2014d)

NUS Consulting, (2016-10), ‘South Africa Market Energy Report’, NUS Consulting,