Following requests for time extensions and to process the volume of inputs received from consultation on developing the IRP2010, is has been decided to extend the promulgation date of the IRP2010 from September 2010 to November 2010.
The high level estimated timeline for the project is currently as follows:
1. Commence Modelling July 2010
2. Base Case with Scenario’s ready Middle August 2010
3. Complete 1st Draft IRP 2010 End August 2010
4. Draft IRP2010 published for public comment September 2010
5. Public hearings on Draft IRP2010 September 2010
6. Revised 2nd DRAFT IRP2010 October 2010
7. Promulgate IRP 2010 November 2010
I also attach hereto the email that was sent to all on 27 July 2010, which some of you may not have received.
It has been a long time coming, but here is an update on the IRP2010 process.
We have received 831 responses to our request for comments on the Draft Input Parameters and it has taken us quite some time to read and collate the comments into updated Input Parameter sheets to the modelling process. The DOE wishes to thank all those organisations and persons that submitted comments and substantiating documents to the first round of public participation.
The modelling process has commenced and the final sheets used for the modelling has been published on the website (www.doe-irp.co.za). Please ensure that you press “refresh” on the site to get the latest update. The DOE have tried to respond to the comments in the last section of each of the sheets as far as possible as well as explaining the rationale behind the final sheets. More information will be published as we go along in the process.
At this point in time, we are looking at a Draft IRP2010 to be available at the end of August, ready for public participation. The month of August will be used for inter-governmental consultation.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries.