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National Energy Act, 2008

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To ensure that diverse energy resources are available, in sustainable quantities and at affordable prices, to the South African economy in support of economic growth and poverty alleviation, taking into account environmental management requirements and interactions amongst economic sectors; to provide for energy planning, increased generation and consumption of renewable energies, contingency energy supply, holding of strategic energy feedstocks and carriers, adequate investment in, appropriate upkeep and access to energy infrastructure; to provide measures for the furnishing of certain data and information regarding energy demand, supply and generation; to establish an institution to be responsible for promotion of efficient generation and consumption of energy and energy research; and to provide for all matters connected therewith.


Last update: December 2020

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Latest Developments:


The National Energy Act, 2008(Act No. 34 of 2008), has been amended by the publication of Regulations for the Mandatory Display and Submission of Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings, as per Notice No. 700 of GG 43972, dated 8 December 2020.


The National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008) has been updated by GG35069 dated 24 February 2012; Government Notice Regulation 142; Mandatory provision of energy data.


The National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008) has been added to the site, and was published in Government Gazette No. 31638 dated 24 November 2008, as well as a Proclamation regarding sections coming into operation, from Government Gazette No. 32082 dated 1 April 2009.