South Africa is currently experiencing a severe power crisis with the country plunged into daily
black-outs (or ‘loadshedding’) largely due to a lack of new capacity coming online to replace the ageing coal fleet.
As of late, announcements from the President have been made outlining a myriad of interventions to be undertaken to resolve the current crisis, many of which would
support a significant growth in renewable energy onto the system.
This paper looks at both the adequacy of South Africa’s proposed energy crisis mitigation
measures and the role that gas power plays in this context along with providing a view on the
role of gas in South Africa’s energy transition to 100% renewables.
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We believe that if South Africa can adapt their future Gas Power related policy and Gas Power procurement to align to the recommendations outlined in this report, they would be able to demonstrate to the world their leadership in the transition from a coal-based economy to a renewable based economySouth Africa White Paper
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