Press 2018

WIND INDUSTRY ADOPTS A CHARTER TO ADDRESS IMPACT AND SA DEVELOPMENT

Cape Town, 8 November 2018

A Commitment Statement drafted by members of the Wind energy industry has been adopted at an Annual General Meeting of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). The statement sets out a vision for optimising the industry’s long-term investment in the physical, social, environmental and economic development of the country – beyond compliance.READ MORE

SAWEA’s SUBMISSION IN RESPONSE TO IRP UPDATE 2018

SAWEA’s submission in response to Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update of 2018 questions the basis for investment choices made, particularly in relation to employment, investment and manufacturing sector growth effects. It calls for the reconsideration of key assumptions relevant to coal and the energy transition context.  It pays particular attention to the planned sequence of Wind procurement, which currently suggest a three-year gap between 2022 and 2024. SAWEA provides evidence for the likely social, economic and environmental effects.  READ MORE

SA WIND INDUSTRY CALLS FOR STANDARDISED METRIC TO ASSESS ENERGY SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

The Global power sector is undergoing a complex structural transition away from a model of regulated, monopolistic, centralized and coal-based electricity supply.  To fully understand the impact and opportunities of this power sector transition for South Africa and what the employment implications of future scenarios could be, standardised employment metrics and methodologies should be used across all energy technologies.  Such understanding can then usefully inform the planning choices that need to be made in the short term.READ MORE

SA WIND INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTES TO TRANSFORMATION THROUGH CO-ORDINATED EFFORT

Given the Renewable Energy Industry’s potential and willingness to contribute to national socio-economic development, the industry is taking proactive measures to ensure coordinated efforts result in greater local benefit.

Speaking at a recent energy forum, Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, signalled government’s intention that the socio-economic and enterprise development spend of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme’s (REI4P) should be managed in a more coordinated way.READ MORE

SAWEA OBJECTS TO NERSA’S INVESTIGATION FINDING

SAWEA was invited to make a submission to a NERSA Tribunal on Thursday May 24th. The tribunal was established by NERSA in order to consider and adopt the report of findings of an internal investigation which arrived at the conclusion that Eskom had not breached its license conditions by delaying the signing of 27 renewable energy Purchase Power Agreements (PPAs) for 33 months.READ MORE