EXPLAINER | How South Africans stand to gain from the new 100 MW licencing threshold

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Government will amend the embedded generation threshold to 100 MW.
Government will amend the embedded generation threshold to 100 MW.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has unlocked the door to "a new era" for the country's energy sector by by allowing private investors and companies to generate (and sell) up to 100 MW in electricity without a licence.

This comes as the country battles with ongoing load shedding as Eskom power plants have suffered breakdowns in recent weeks.

Speaking during a briefing on Thursday, the president said that the new threshold won't see load shedding disappear overnight, but it will happen "fairly more rapidly".

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