South Africa joins countries across the globe to celebrate Global Wind Day 2017. This worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June, is a day for re-considering wind, and the power it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economy and boost jobs and growth.
In more than 80 countries worldwide, wind farms generate clean and renewable power, and South Africa is no exception. From the shores of the Western Cape, across the Eastern and Northern Cape, to the Northern borders of South Africa, wind farms are producing power, creating local value and building futures.
Press release: South Africans have a right to the full picture when it comes to their energy future, says wind energy organisation
SAWEA, following extensive consultation with its members, calls for the scenario to be remodelled as a ‘least-cost energy plan’ and re-issued for consultation.
SAWEA CEO Brenda Martin explains: “The current update includes unjustified artificial constraints on the connection rates for wind and solar PV. A least-cost base case is an essential starting point for the IRP process and government has an obligation to select the most affordable electricity supply options available”.
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.
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.
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.
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.