DoE appears to be sneaking key energy policy past public – Outa

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Cape Town – The Department of Energy (DoE) appears to be sneaking its New Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES) past the public, advocacy group Outa said on Wednesday.

By publishing it just before Christmas, “government could be accused of trying to sneak this document past the unsuspecting taxpayers”, Ted Blom, Outa’s portfolio director for energy, said in a statement.

The DoE published the NEES gazette on 23 December 2016 and gave 30 days for public comment. Outa believes this should be extended to 90 days after the finalisation of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), which itself has been delayed to beyond March.

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