News

  • SAREC COMMENTS ON COAL-FIRED PLANTS DECOMMISSIONING AND MANAGING JOB LOSSES

    The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) comments on Eskom ‘reconsidering’ the closure of four coal fired plants in Mpumalanga. It is a widely known and accepted fact that all coal power stations will eventually close. But not because of renewable power. In fact, Eskom has had a plan to close its coal plants since they were first commissioned. “Coal plants have a limited life, as do the mines that feed them. Eskom’s generation license requires these ...

    Posted at May 18, 2017 | Categories : News
  • NERSA TO FORMALLY INVESTIGATE ESKOMS REFUSAL TO SIGN PPA’S

    The National Energy Regulator’s electricity sub-committee has responded to a complaint issued by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), indicating that it has launched a formal investigation into Eskom’s conduct. This follows a preliminary investigation, which found that there was sufficient grounds to warrant further action. "We have had confirmation from NERSA that an expedited investigation into whether Eskom is in contravention of its licence, has now commenced. We await the timeline associated with this ...

    Posted at May 11, 2017 | Categories : News
  • NEW MINISTER OF ENERGY POSTPONES SIGNING RENEWABLE ENERGY POWER AGREEMENTS

    The SA Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has noted, with concern, that the deadline set by the previous Minister of Energy for financial closure of outstanding Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), Tuesday 11 April, will not be met. SAREC learned this weekend, that when invited to attend the signing of contracts at the IPP office, the new minister’s office asked that the signing be delayed. This is in order to allow Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi to meet with ...

    Posted at April 11, 2017 | Categories : News
  • Where the State Leads, Industry Can Follow – Fast and Efficiently

    South Africa’s Independent Power Producer Procurement programme It is important to regularly pause, reflect and appreciate a job well conceived and well executed. Back in 2010 the South African government took the bold decision to create a legislative and practical environment in which the Department of Energy could procure power generated by private entrants to the market. This decision was informed by the need to diversify and strengthen SA’s energy mix and to ignite and maintain ...

    Posted at April 10, 2017 | Categories : News
  • SAREC PROVIDES INSIGHTS INTO COUNTRY’S RESOURCES PLAN AND APPLAUDS VALUE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

    The public participation process for SA’s Integrated Resources Plan 2016 update report (IRP2016) is an ideal opportunity for South African citizens to sway the long-term investment choices that will serve the country up to 2050. “We don’t often have an opportunity to influence government policy, so this is a significant moment, not just for the energy industry, but for all South Africans,” said Brenda Martin, Chair of SAREC. The opportunity for public comment on the IRP2016 ...

    Posted at March 29, 2017 | Categories : News
  • SAREC Responds to Concerns of Coal Sector Job Losses

    Decommissioning of coal-fired power stations has been part of government’s Integrated Resource Plan since 2011. It is interesting that Eskom and its allies within the Coal industry have chosen this moment to connect closure of Coal-fired power stations to Renewable power. Rather than acknowledge the fact that it has a legal obligation – as sole power purchaser – to purchase duly procured power, it is being opportunistically suggested that duly procured renewable power purchase is ...

    Posted at March 8, 2017 | Categories : News
  • SAREC RESPONSE TO THE COAL TRANSPORTATION FORUM’S ACTION IN TSHWANE

    The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has issued a statement in response to the Coal Transportation Forum’s press notice, relating to the reasons behind their unfortunate industrial action in Tshwane this morning. SAREC believes that the statement contains a number of factual errors which need correcting. “We would like to firstly point out that the reduced coal consumption of up to 10 million tonnes by 2021 is actually part of Government’s policy and it ...

    Posted at March 2, 2017 | Categories : News
  • SA RENEWABLE INDUSTRY WELCOMES THE MINISTER OF FINANCE’S SUPPORT

    The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) welcomes the confirmation by the Minister of Finance that the continuation of South Africa’s independent power producer programme is an imperative, given the need to boost investment in the short term. “With 35 per cent of the labour force unemployed, economic growth in the doldrums and poverty concentrated in townships and rural areas, South Africa’s renewable power programme is well-placed to drive the economy forward,”  said Brenda Martin, Chair ...

    Posted at February 24, 2017 | Categories : News
  • ESKOM SEEMS TO BE DEFYING THE PRESIDENT

    Signs are already emerging that Eskom will drag its feet wherever possible to resist signing outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable producers. In a state of the nation address heavily focused on economic growth and transformation, the president stated last week that “Eskom will sign the outstanding power purchase agreement (PPAs) for renewable energy in line with the procured rounds.” The President had earlier acknowledged the importance of renewable power in South Africa’s energy mix. Before power ...

    Posted at February 20, 2017 | Categories : News
  • SA RENEWABLE ENERGY CELEBRATES THE PRESIDENCY’S CLEAR SUPPORT OF RENEWABLES

    The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is very pleased to note the presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme (REI4P). This globally recognised programme was the initiative of government, and it is fitting that the policy-maker’s vision can continue to be realised. Industry appreciates the expressed support that key Ministers have lent to the Renewable Energy programme (REI4P) during the year-long impasse with Eskom. “Some of the serious economic effects of the ...

    Posted at February 10, 2017 | Categories : News
Page 1 of 3123