What does the updated Integrated Resource Plan mean for SA's future in energy?

The Department of Energy has released the updated version of the much-anticipated Integrated Resource Plan that sheds more light on the country's energy needs.

The debate on whether nuclear should be added to South Africa's energy mix has become a contentious issue due to the exorbitant costs.

However, the newly-appointed acting Eskom CEO, Matshela Koko, has insisted that nuclear would benefit the country in efforts to stabilise the grid.

Solar is the story of the decade, it's come down by 90% in price in the last six years. I don't know how far more it will go down.

Dr Eddie O'Connor, Mainstream Renewable Power

702's Stephen Grootes spoke to CEO of Mainstream Renewable Power, Dr Eddie O'Connor about what lies ahead for South Africa's energy production.

He said that it would be premature at this stage for SA to pursue nuclear production as it may cost taxpayers R1 trillion.

Why would anybody build nuclear in South Africa and spend a trillion rand?

Dr Eddie O'Connor, Mainstream Renewable Power

Listen to the interview below:

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Eskom insists renewable energy not an option

Eskom insists renewable energy not an option

Eskom has announced that it will go ahead with nuclear plan despite new information suggesting it will only be needed by 2037.

Eskom insists that nuclear will stabilise SA's power grid

Eskom insists that nuclear will stabilise SA's power grid

Nuclear energy remains a contentious issue in SA, with some experts arguing that other cheaper options are being ignored.

Eskom to issue requests for nuclear power proposals before year end

Eskom to issue requests for nuclear power proposals before year end

Parliament has also passed the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill after it failed twice when there were not enough MPs to vote

Finance Minister confirms Eskom will head up nuke programme

Finance Minister confirms Eskom will head up nuke programme

Eskom will be in charge of the nuclear procurement programme and the Department of Energy will be the coordinating agent.

South Africa doesn't need nuclear power- energy expert

South Africa doesn't need nuclear power- energy expert

University of Cape Town's Prof. Anton Eberhard says any decision by Eskom to build nuclear power stations would be irrational.

Energy department: Eskom will fund nuclear build on its own

Energy department: Eskom will fund nuclear build on its own

Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the money to fund the nuclear energy programme will not come from Treasury.

Government delays nuclear power procurement

Government delays nuclear power procurement

Energy Minister has announced that South Africa will delay tendering for new nuclear power stations.

More consultation needed for nuclear

More consultation needed for nuclear

Minister Joemat-Pettersson would only make an announcement once Cabinet has ironed out various aspects on going nuclear.