Urban Earth 3 June 2013.
A study by the Electricity Governance Initiative shows that South Africa’s current expenditure in electricity infrastructure could be significantly reduced (Image credit:danicek / 123RF Stock Photo)
A new report, ‘Smart Electricity Planning’ by the Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa shows that with ’smarter electricity planning’, South Africa could save in the region of R162 billion if smarter expenditure in energy infrastructure was made. The figure comes from a comparison with the country’s current energy future as outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan2010 (IRP2010), a plan that proposes the country’s energy mix for the next two decades. According to the report, the saving would result from a combination of higher levels of energy efficiency; exclusion of nuclear investment; reduction in fossil fuel-based energy investment and; greater investment in renewable energy than that currently allocated in the IRP2010…