Permission given to process licence applications for self-generation facilities

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Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has given permission for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to process licence applications for self-generation facilities of above 1 megawatt - even if they don’t comply with the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019).
“The approval means that prospective applicants are no longer required to obtain Ministerial approval for deviation from the IRP 2019 before applying to NERSA for a licence,” NERSA said in a statement.
The Minister has granted the approval in line with section 10(2)(g) of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006) which relates to generation facilities that fall into these categories:

A generation facility that connects to the national grid, in circumstances in which the generation facility supplies electricity to a single customer and there is no wheeling of that electricity through the national grid; and/or
A generation facility that connects to the national grid, in circumstances in which the generation facility is operated solely to supply a single customer or related customers by transporting electricity through the national grid where wheeling arrangements are in place between all affected parties.

“However, the approval by the Minister in the above generation facility categories excludes those that involve local government (provinces and municipalities) or supply to local government, as these will be addressed separately,” the regulator said.
NERSA said that it's committed to processing licence applications timeously to ensure the security of supply.
All other licensing requirements, as set out by NERSA, in terms of section 10 of the Electricity Regulation Act remain untouched. 

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