The future is blowing in the wind

Industry celebrates as updated IRP gives large allocation boost
 
The wind energy sector has applauded the release of the 2016 update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the accompanying public consultation process that will enable all South Africans to engage electricity planners on investment choices – transparently and with a focus on least-cost.

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INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS TAKE ON ESKOM THROUGH NATIONAL ENERGY REGULATOR

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has lodged an official complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) over Eskom’s failure to comply with ministerial determinations. The complaint relates to Eskom’s public refusal to enter into power purchase agreements with Preferred Bidders arising from government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Produce Procurement Programme. In the event that Eskom is found guilty, SAWEA has requested that NERSA impose the maximum legislated penalty of 10 per cent of Eskom’s annual daily turnover for each day that Eskom continues to delay the programme.

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Africa’s first academic wind industry conference an unmitigated success

WindAc Africa, the first academic wind energy conference on the continent, has finished in style with a book launch and an award for best presentation. The two-day conference, held at The River Club in Cape Town offered a forum for academics and researchers to share cutting edge data and intelligence one the finer technicalities of the wind energy industry.

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Towards 100% renewables: Wind energy conference offers forum for decisive action as a transformative year for the wind industry draws to a close

As South Africa’s leading wind energy event, Windaba, prepares to open its doors tomorrow (2 November), it is a time for continued action and sustained focus, according to the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) CEO, Johan van den Berg. The theme of the conference is ‘Towards 100% renewables’ and much of the discussion will centre around how to make this a reality.

 

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Africa’s first academic wind energy conference boasts impressive international line up

*PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE DUE TO STUDENT PROTESTS

Taking place in Cape Town in its inaugural year, WindAc Africa is the continent’s first academic conference focussing on wind power.
 
Conceived as a sister conference to well established annual wind energy conference Windaba, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association, the event offers academics, researchers and students a unique forum for knowledge sharing within the sector. It will run from 31 October to 1 November.
 
An impressive cast of international speakers has made themselves available for this unprecedented event, which shares the theme of ‘Towards 100% Renewables’ with Windaba which runs immediately afterwards, also in Cape Town.

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First wind energy-focussed academic conference in Africa receives overwhelming response to student sponsorship programme

A unique opportunity is arising for the first time for academics and researchers to share knowledge about wind energy in Africa in the form of the first academic conference on the subject to be held on the continent: WindAc Africa.

With the theme ‘Towards 100% Renewables’ the conference will establish academic exchange in South Africa and aims to encourage further education, innovation and aspiration of local students. The event is also offering a special programme for 30 high potential students, covering expenses such as the conference fee, travel and accommodation in order for the learners to attend. A guided site visit to a wind farm and a networking dinner are also included.

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