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In October of that year, the Department of Energy released its draft Integrated Electricity Resource Plan (IRP) for 2010-2030, outlining the country’s electricity demand; how this demand might be supplied; and what it is likely to cost.

Its balanced scenario represents the best trade-off between least-investment cost, climate change mitigation, diversity of supply, localisation, and regional development. The IRP requires 52GWe of new capacity by 2030, and assuming 3.4GWe of demand-side savings.

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