Can South Africa avoid loadshedding crisis extending to 2025?

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June 2021

South Africa’s on-grid installed capacity will reach 70.4GW in 2025, but dispatchable supply of approximately 36GW may not be sufficient to meet a peak demand of 38GW, according to new research carried out by African Energy.

Analysis of utility supply has shown that despite nominal installed capacity increasing by 8GW over the last decade, electricity available for generation has decreased by 7%.

Our revised South Africa Power Report 2021/22 shows that action is needed if load shedding is to end by the middle of this decade, but important steps have already been taken. The Risk Mitigation IPP programme is progressing, albeit with major hurdles facing the largest bidder; the government has announced new procurement for renewable and other power; while the lifting of the threshold at which projects require a generation licence from 1MW to 100MW could unlock around 5GW of new distributed generation.

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I was recently joined by African Energy founder Jon Marks for a discussion of the outlook for the South African electricity supply industry.

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Dan Marks

Power editor

Dan oversees research and development of the African Energy Live Data platform and is power editor for African Energy’s newsletter. Read more

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Managing director and senior analyst, North Africa

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