South Africa to boost clean energy production
South African Deputy President David Mabuza says that the national electricity utility, Eskom, has proposed extra 8,000 megawatts (MW) of clean energy projects over the next two to five years to reduce load shedding.
load shedding is mainly due to breakdowns of the old and aging power generation
infrastructure, said Mabuza at the National Assembly, the lower house of
Parliament, in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Africa has an “immediate need” for 4,000 MW to 6,000 MW additional generation
capacity per year to provide generation capacity surplus on the system, thus,
allowing maintenance to improve reliability and predictability of its
coal-fired power stations, which account for most of Eskom’s generation
capacity, he said.
has a total nominal capacity of 45,117 MW, however, aging power stations, poor
maintenance, among others, force the main electricity provider in the country
to implement load shedding now and then.
said the proposed clean energy projects include greenfield renewables and gas
projects, as well as coal power plant repurposing.
is part of the energy transition strategy of Eskom, which has proposed a
holistic approach to decarbonization and environmental compliance by
accelerating the retirement of ageing and unreliable coal plants, he added.
Other efforts by the government include various considerations to speed up the acquisition of independent power producers and to reduce further red tape.