SAWEA RESPONDS TO RULING RELATED TO INTERIM GRID CAPACITY ALLOCATION RULES
31 July 2023
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has noted the court’s ruling to dismiss the urgent interdict in relation to the interim grid capacity allocation rules (IGCAR).
The ruling will enable the industry to deliver much needed new generation capacity, as the state utility is able to grant the required budget quotes in line with the IGCAR.
The process to allocate grid access impacts projects differently, however, as it currently stand the IGCAR will allow the urgent deployment of new generation. As such, and in line with the ruling, SAWEA has reaffirmed its commitment to working with all key stakeholders to accelerate the connection of shovel ready projects with a view to alleviating the energy crisis.
SAWEA encourages progressive industry discussions with the System Operator regarding the optimisation of the grid including the allocation of grid capacity, in line with the industry’s objective to develop a favourable regulatory environment for the rollout of renewable energy.
As an association advocating for the advancement of the wind energy sector, SAWEA continues constructive engagement with all key stakeholders, including the Presidency, NECOM, and Eskom to find solutions that support the construction or expansion of utility scale wind projects to help solve the country’s energy crisis.