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SA’S ENERGY TRANSITION OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO UPSCALE WIND ENERGY LOCALISATION

As South Africa’s energy sector transitions from high dependency on coal for electricity production to clean energy sources such as wind and solar PV, there are several growth opportunities that can be realised in the economy.  Over the next 10 years the country will see massive decommissioning of old coal fired power plants as they reach the end of their life. This opens up a capacity gap of more than 12 GW that will need to be replaced by 2030 in order to meet the country’s energy demand.  READ MORE

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SAWEA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD TO LEAD WIND ENERGY TRANSITION

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced its new Board of Governance, including three new members. At a time in South Africa’s energy transition, the men and women who hold positions on this board will be charged with steering the wind energy sector and advocating for a clean and affordable energy mix, of which wind energy is a big part.

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WIND POWER SECTOR RESPONDS TO RENEWED LOAD SHEDDING AND IRP

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has responded to the recent load-shedding that the country is experiencing once again. The Association sees the current energy constraints as a clear symptom of Eskom fleet’s reduced energy availability factor (EAF) and a reminder that the country needs to procure new generation capacity in order to bring the EAF to healthy levels again.READ MORE

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More than energy generation: wind power to transform Africa’s economy

Besides generating much-needed clean and affordable electricity, wind energy has the power to unlock economic growth in Africa, give a new impulse to the continent’s under-performing manufacturing sector. This and developing an energy storage industry can develop and transform economies and create millions of direct and indirect jobs. READ MORE

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WIND ENERGY SECTOR SERVES THE COUNTRY’S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA BUT REQUIRES THE 2019 IRP

As the Energy Sector once again hear of yet another delay in the release of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) reminds key stakeholders of the role that renewable energy plays in the country’s future development and more specifically in the achievement of the National Development Plan (NDP). READ MORE

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WIND INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO CHANGE IN IPPO LEADERSHIP

In response to Karen Breytenbach exiting the Independent Power Producer’s Office, SAWEA trusts that the South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P), which is one of the country’s most highly regarded public–private partnership (PPP) projects, is well enough established to withstand this transition.READ MORE

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SAWEA CALLS FOR THE URGENT FINALIZATION OF THE INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN

The wind energy industry, represented by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is calling for the release of the finalised Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in order to create the certainty required to attract foreign investment. The document has not been updated since 2010.READ MORE

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SAWEA CALLS FOR DECENTRALISED ENERGY GENERATION TO BOOST SUPPLY AND GROWTH

The wind industry believes that it’s time to relook at how energy is supplied in South Africa and to evolve and adapt the country’s outdated system. To shift away from a centralised monopoly to a more efficient decentralised generation model will increase competition and drive down energy prices, which will ultimately stimulate the economy and support the growth that South Africa is seeking.READ MORE

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