South Africa’s energy regulator and Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe have been sued by environmental activists over national plans to allow the construction of new coal-fired power plants, as reported by Bloomberg.

Plans for the construction of 1,500 megawatts of coal-fired generation capacity are included in the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity and a ministerial determination passed on September 25, 2020.

Mantashe said securing the right to use coal for new power plants was worth a court battle.