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Policy Name: Renewable Energy Policy of South Africa

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This document has been opened: 860 times to date.
Date Of Release: 14 Apr 2004
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Date Last Updated: 30 Jan 2007
Policy Type: White paper
Policy Level: National
Department: Other
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The Constitution (Act No. 108 of 1996) requires that Government establish a national energy
policy to ensure that national energy resources are adequately tapped and delivered to cater
for the needs of the nation; further, the production and distribution of energy should be
sustainable and lead to an improvement in the standard of living of citizens. The
Government’s overarching energy policy has been set out in its White Paper on Energy Policy
of the Republic of South Africa (DME, 1998).
This White Paper on Renewable Energy (herein referred to as the White Paper) supplements
the White Paper on Energy Policy, which recognises that the medium and long-term potential
of renewable energy is significant. This Paper sets out Government’s vision, policy
principles, strategic goals and objectives for promoting and implementing renewable energy
in South Africa. It also informs the public and the international community of the
Government’s vision, and how the Government intends to achieve these objectives; and
informs Government agencies and organs of their roles in achieving the objectives.
The White Paper on Energy Policy’s position with respect to renewable energy is based on
the integrated resource planning criterion of:
Ensuring that an equitable level of national resources is invested in renewable
technologies, given their potential and compared to investments in other energy
supply options.

Section Summary

  Section Number Section Heading Section Description
01 INTRODUCTION Vision; Definition of Renewable Energy; Purpose of the Policy; Development Process
02 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
03 SETTING THE CONTEXT THE NATIONAL CONTEXT: The Constitution; White Paper on the Energy Policy of the Republic of South Africa; Reconstruction and Development Programme; Growth, Employment and Redistribution Macroeconomic Strategy; The Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy (ISRDS); Legal Context; Barriers to Renewable Energy Implementation. THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT: Climate Change; World Markets for Renewables; South Africa in the International Arena
04 RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES AND APPLICATIONS RENEWABLE ENERGY POTENTIAL; RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE ASSESSMENT AND APPLICATION: Background; Wind; Biomass; Hydro; Solar; Wave Energy; Ocean Currents; Energy from Waste; Summary of Renewable Energy options for South Africa
05 RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET
06 POLICY PRINCIPLES
07 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IMPLEMENTATION SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; ENABLING ENVIRONMENT: Financial instruments; Legal and Regulatory Instruments. INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS: Electricity Sector; Liquid Fuels and Gas. INFORMATION.
08 GOVERNANCE AND PARTNERSHIPS Financial and Fiscal Instruments; Legal Instruments; Technology Development; Awareness Raising Capacity Building and Education; Technology Support Centres
09 CROSS CUTTING ISSUES Integrated Energy Planning; Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy; Environment And Health; Energisation; Integrated Energy Centres; Gender And Energy; Black Economic Empowerment (Bee) And Job Creation; Trade And International Co-Operation
10 GOVERNANCE AND PARTNERSHIPS
11 THE WAY FORWARD
12 REFERENCES

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