South Africa is planning a new law to speed up energy projects amid power outages.
According to a presentation from the country's energy crisis committee viewed by Reuters on Tuesday, South Africa is creating new legislation to hasten the completion of energy projects that will increase producing capacity and aid in the elimination of power outages.
South Africa is constantly experiencing power outages due to outdated coal-fired power plants, underinvestment in new capacity, and a lack of progress on laws to support private providers.
Due to the aging of its power facilities, Africa's biggest industrialized economy has had numerous power outages during the past ten years.
However, according to a presentation by the National Energy Crisis Committee, established by President Cyril Ramaphosa, effort is being done to expedite the purchase of additional capacity.
The group is working to "create emergency legislation which can be submitted in Parliament to enable coordinated and decisive action," according to the statement.
The current regulatory framework "wasn't built to deal with an energy shortfall," it was further said, making it impossible to address the power problem.
The report observed that steps taken to advance the Energy Action Plan, which Ramaphosa unveiled in July, have included increasing licensing standards for embedded generating projects and power imports.
Ramaphosa is meeting with several stakeholders this week to talk about how to deal with the greatest power outages the nation has ever experienced.
Political party leaders were present at a meeting where it was stated that electricity shortages appeared likely to last at least until 2024.
The largest opposition group, the Democratic Alliance, declared on Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit to stop the most recent "unaffordable pricing increases" that the energy regulator had allowed.
The party also demanded that rolling power cuts be ruled to be unconstitutional.
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