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The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was released for public comment in August, is intended to be finalised by the end of 2018. This national energy plan calls for a mix of wind, solar and gas energy to challenge coal as the dominant source of energy, and will guide the Department of Energy’s call for tenders for new power plants. At the launch of the 2018 IRP, energy minister Jeff Radebe said that energy demand is dropping, with demand now the same as it was in 2007, and at 30% less than was projected in the 2010 energy plan. According to the IRP, in 2030 the energy grid will be constituted of 45% coal, 16% gas, 15% wind, 11% solar photovoltaic, 6% hydroelectric, 4% pumped storage and 3% nuclear energy.

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