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Oct 4 2010 2:43PM
 
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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the move by the energy department to facilitate participation by independent power producers (IPPs) to contribute to the national grid.

Last week, the department called on IPPs to provide it with information detailing their readiness to develop electricity generation projects.

"This is a step that the DA has continuously called for in order to relive the pressure on Eskom and to mitigate the country's massive carbon footprint," DA spokesman Sej Motau said on Monday.

However, he said the mere one week allocated to IPPs to make their submissions was not sufficient and should be extended to at least 14 days to give all interested IPPs a fair chance to submit information.

The DA would write to Energy Minister Dipuo Peters requesting that this period be extended.

Previous efforts to get IPP participation has been patchy and this exercise has to take off if the department is to meet its target of having 10,000 Gigawatt Hours of electricity produced from renewable sources by 2013.
 -Sapa

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