South Africa's 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP): illusion or reality?
In late August, South Africa's Cabinet approved a draft of the country's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP is intended to be a guide to long-term energy strategy and investment priorities through 2030. The previous IRP was published in 2010. Since then, renewable costs have declined dramatically and South Africa's political leadership has changed – presenting the current government and investors with new choices as the energy transition takes hold. But, what is feasible in the context of South Africa's energy market?