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  • 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 : Press Room
  • 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 : Press Room
  • ESKOM UNCERTAINTY MAY IMPACT GAS, COAL AND COGENERATION IPPS

    The difficulties renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) are experiencing with getting their Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed by Eskom in what so far has been a well-oiled procurement programme, will no doubt start to worry conventional technology developers and IPPs.  Gas, Coal and Cogeneration project developers and IPPs now also need to be concerned about potential delays in closing their projects due to Eskom's reluctance to ...

    Posted at January 23, 2017 | Categories : Press Room
  • LEGAL OPINION – POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS

    Read the legal opinion document prepared by Webber Wentzel here:[gview file="http://sarec.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SAREC-Opinion-Final.pdf"]

    Posted at January 20, 2017 | Categories : Press Room
  • LEGAL OPINION SAYS ESKOM IS ACTING OUTSIDE OF THE LAW

    Senior counsel at Webber Wenztel has issued a legal opinion letter, which confirms that preferred bidders are entitled to approach a court to enforce Eskom’s signature of Power Purchase Agreements. “In our opinion Eskom cannot sidestep the binding determination of the Minister; they are bound by the Ministerial determination, which includes signing the power purchase agreements,” stated Advocate David Unterhalter, Senior Counsel at Webber Wentzel. Unterhalter ...

    Posted at January 17, 2017 | Categories : Press Room
  • SAREC RESPOND TO ESKOM’S PROPAGANDA ON RENEWABLE ENERGY COST

    The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), together with various independent energy bodies, has come out in strong opposition to the blatant distortion of facts associated with the cost of renewable power purchases. It is believed that Eskom is, without a doubt, being opportunistic in its attempt to mislead and deceive the public, to serve its bid for nuclear power. “By taking a short-term view, Eskom have deliberately distorted tariff effects. Government’s decision to invest in ...

    Posted at January 12, 2017 | Categories : Press Room
  • Posted at January 11, 2017 | Categories : Press Room
  • ESKOM DELAYS THREATEN NEW RENEWABLE JOBS

    19 December 2016 The South African economy is in jeopardy of losing 15 000 possible jobs associated with 26 Department of Energy-approved renewable energy plants, if Eskom does not follow through with its legal obligations to finalise power purchasing agreements (PPAs) with the private firms who have been earmarked to build and run these plants, according to the SA Renewable Energy Council (SAREC). Since 2011, the DoE’s utility-scale renewable energy initiative - the Renewable Energy Independent Power ...

    Posted at January 11, 2017 | Categories : Press Room
  • SAREC RESPONDS TO NUCLEAR DETERMINATION AND PROCUREMENT PLANS

    SAREC is hugely disappointed to hear that the Department of Energy and NERSA have seemingly rushed through a Section 34 determination for the procurement of 9,600 MW of nuclear energy on the basis of the very outdated Integrated Resource Plan published in 2010. “We are further disheartened by Eskom’s Acting CEO’s simultaneous announcement that the utility will release a nuclear Request for Proposals as soon as the determination ...

    Posted at December 14, 2016 | Categories : Press Room
  • SAREC CALLS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ADDRESS CONCERNS

    Whilst the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has welcomed the 2016 update of the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) they are advocating that the public participation process addresses a number of concerns that the industry has raised. SAREC, the umbrella body that represents the interests of the solar and wind industries, has come out in cautious support of the recently released 2016 update of the IEP and IRP, which for the ...

    Posted at November 30, 2016 | Categories : Press Room
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