DURBAN, Jan. 17 (Reuters) – According to a presentation made by the country’s energy crisis committee, South Africa is creating new legislation to speed up energy projects that expand producing capacity and aid in ending power outages.South Africa is constantly experiencing power outages due to outdated coal-fired power plants, underinvestment in new capacity, and a lack of progress on laws to support private providers.
In a lawyer’s letter to outgoing Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday, leaders of smaller opposition parties and several companies threatened legal action over the power outages. (Carien du Plessis reported; Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Jason Neely edited.
However, according to a presentation from the President Cyril Ramaphosa-instituted National Energy Crisis Committee that Reuters saw on Tuesday, efforts are being made to expedite the purchase of more capacity.The group is working to “create emergency legislation which can be submitted in Parliament to enable coordinated and decisive action,” according to the statement.
The present regulatory system “wasn’t built to cope with an energy deficit,” it was further said, making it impossible to address the power problem.The report observed that steps taken to advance the Energy Action Plan, which Ramaphosa unveiled in July, have included increasing licencing standards for embedded generating projects and power imports.
Ramaphosa is meeting with several stakeholders this week to talk about how to cope with the greatest power outages the nation has ever experienced.Political party leaders were present at a meeting when it was stated that energy shortages seemed likely to last at least until 2024.
The Democratic Alliance, the main opposition group, declared on Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit to stop the most recent “unaffordable rate rises” that the energy regulator had allowed. The party also wants rolling power outages to be ruled unlawful.
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