Wind/solar sectors mull Eskom court bid while new energy plan delayed

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Cape Town – The Department of Energy (DoE) has delayed the deadline of the public consultation process regarding its draft energy plans, while the renewable sector is considering going to court to force Eskom’s hand amid the sector's new build woes.

In November 2016, the DoE published the draft Integrated Energy Plan and the Integrated Resource Plan for public comments, a welcome step as the 2010 energy policy has yet to be updated.

The closing date for written comments was meant to be February 15 2017. However, “following requests from a number of stakeholders, the department has now extended the public comments period to run until March 31 2017”, the DoE said in a statement on Monday.

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