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National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008)

Chapter 1 : Definitions and Objects

1. Definitions


In this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise—



means the Board of the South African National Energy Development Institute contemplated in section 8;



means the Department of Minerals and Energy;


"energy carrier"

means a substance or system that moves or carries energy in a usable form from one place to another;


"energy data"

means energy-related statistics, facts, figures, information and records of the energy industry and all other economic sectors;


"energy efficiency"

means economical and efficient production and utilisation of an energy carrier or resource;


"energy feedstocks"

means any substance used or that can be used as a raw material in an industrial process producing energy;


"energy infrastructure"

means public and privately owned physical structures which are used for the production, transformation, conversion, transportation or distribution of energy carriers;


"energy-related sectors"

means all sectors which are impacted by or have an impact on the energy sector;


"energy resource"

means non-value added material or mineral that can be used to produce energy or be converted to an energy carrier;


"free basic electricity"

means a limited free amount of electricity supply deemed necessary to support basic energy services of a typical poor household as determined from lime to lime;


"greenhouse gases"

mean gases present in the atmosphere, which reduce the loss of heat into space and thereby contributing to an increase in global temperatures through a process known as the greenhouse effect;


"Integrated Energy Plan"

means the national energy plan contemplated in section 6, approved by Cabinet and published in the Gazette by the Minister;



means the Minister of Minerals and Energy;


"organ of the state"

means an organ of stale as defined in section 239 of the Constitution;



means prescribed by regulation;


"Promotion of Access to Information Act"

means the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000);


"Public Finance Management Act"

means the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999);



means any regulation made in terms of this Act;


"renewable energy"

means energy generated from natural non-depleting resources including solar energy, wind energy, biomass energy, biological waste energy, hydro energy, geothermal energy and ocean and tidal energy;


"this Act"

includes regulations made in terms of this Act.