The IRP 2010 20 year electricity capacity plan is crucial towards determining South Africa’s long-term electricity demand, as well as how this demand should be met in terms of generating capacity, type, timing and cost.  At current projected GDP rates, South Africa is looking at another 120 – 140 years of coal consumption, which is twice as long as uranium will last. Within the next 150 years, or at least within the next 80 years, renewable energies will need a substantial investment in order to meet electricity demand and pick up the eventual shortfall of uranium and coal… (more)