SA’s energy transition can be beneficial for all

While the SA government is backing renewable energy, more has to be done to get everyone one on board as is evident from the court case brought by the Coal Transportation Forum (CTF) against Eskom that will be heard later this month.

By Brenda Martin


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Final report of a study into the value proposition of Distributed Generation Renewable Energy (DG RE)

At the end of 2018 SAWEA appointed a team of multi-disciplinary consultants to carry-out a study that investigates the value proposition of DG RE with a particular emphasis on wind and solar PV technologies. The study examined the following:

  1. The rationale behind the anticipated increase in DG RE and the potential contracting structures to facilitate electricity sales between IPPs and Munics/customers.
  2. The impact on operations at local (municipal) level and national (Eskom) level.
  3. A detailed assessment of the commercial impact of increasing levels of DG RE on customers, municipalities and Eskom.
  4. A high-level assessment of the impact on the National Fiscus as well as Local Economic Development.
  5. The study also included a case study review of existing bilateral transactions.

Download the report to view findings.

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Planned next steps in the Public Private Growth Initiative, following the industry’s 5-year plan as presented to Minister Dlamini-Zuma

Yesterday, representatives of 14 sectors of the South African economy met in Cape Town with the Minister of Planning in the Presidency, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The purpose of the meeting was to provide these business leaders the opportunity to present their respective sectoral Five-Year- High-Level-Growth-Plans, to stimulate the economy. This session followed several earlier engagements with the Minister during the last few months as well as a meeting with President Ramaphosa in August during which he mandated the initiative to go ahead.READ MORE

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Include ‘important’ nuclear in SA’s electricity mix, says Parly committee

by Melanie Gosling

The energy portfolio committee has come out in strong support of including nuclear power in South Africa’s future electricity mix.This is in stark contrast to the latest government plan for South Africa’s future electricity mix – the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 – which contains no nuclear power because of its high cost.


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Renewables sector rubbishes union’s job loss claims

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb’s business editor

The South African renewable energy sector will  tens of thousands of jobs rather than cause job losses.

This is the assertion made by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) on behalf of the local renewables industry.READ MORE

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