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Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end o...

The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer IPP market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed by government following a legal challenge.The legal objection arose from an unlikely partnership between National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa Numsa and Transform RSA, which approached the court to prevent power utility Eskom from concluding power purchase agreements PPAs with the IPPs on March 13 as planned. Hitherto, Numsa and Transform RSA have been on opposing ends of the political...

The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer IPP market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27...

The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent...

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South Africa: Date set for PPA signing, economic benefits highlighted

South Africa: Date set for PPA signing, ...

South African Government has set a date of March 13 for the signing of 27 outstanding PPAs for solar and wind. It emphasized the economic benefits of the contracts, which are set to spur new energy investment of around US 4.7 billion and over 60,000 jobs. Radebe estimates that 61,600 jobs will be created on the back of the projects, of which 95% will go to the local population. An end, finally, appears to be in sight to the South African PPA saga, which has been ongoing since 2015. Newly appointed Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe announced that all 27 power purchase agreements PPAs will be signed next Tuesday, March 13. Government ministers and energy utility, Eskom will be present. Overall,...

South African Government has set a date of March 13 for the signing of 27 outstanding PPAs for solar and wind. It emphasized the economic benefits of the contracts, which are set to spur new energy investment of around US 4.7 billion and over 60,000...

South African Government has set a date of March 13 for the signing of 27 outstanding PPAs for solar and wind. It emphasized the economic benefits of...

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Infrastructure and cities development vital to support growth, says new RICS President

Infrastructure and cities development vi...

With over 40 years’ experience in the industry and a founding partner of Hemson Consulting Ltd, an advisory firm specialising in planning policy, municipal finance and related issues, Hughes is the first RICS President based in Canada.“We must develop more commercially innovative approaches to delivering projects that are affordable and on time,” says Hughes. “To meet this challenge the shortage of skills and capacity must be addressed together with the rights of land owners, and others who are affected by projects. RICS has a public interest perspective and provides international standards that increase transparency which, together, can help to balance the needs of different groups.”In...

With over 40 years’ experience in the industry and a founding partner of Hemson Consulting Ltd, an advisory firm specialising in planning policy, municipal finance and related issues, Hughes is the first RICS President based in Canada.“We must...

With over 40 years’ experience in the industry and a founding partner of Hemson Consulting Ltd, an advisory firm specialising in planning policy,...

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Eskom given go ahead to sign stalled deals with renewables IPPs

Eskom given go ahead to sign stalled dea...

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Friday that Eskom’s application to purchase additional renewable energy from independent power producers IPPs had been approved, clearing the way for the signing of power purchase agreements PPAs for 27 wind and solar projects procured by the Department of Energy in late 2015.The projects, which have a collective investment value of around R60-billion, had been left in limbo since 2016, when Eskom indicated that it was not willing to conclude further PPAs, owing to its return to a power generation surplus.The utility’s action effectively brought to a standstill South Africa’s globally lauded Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer...

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Friday that Eskom’s application to purchase additional renewable energy from independent power producers IPPs had been approved, clearing the way for the signing of power purchase agreements PPAs...

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Friday that Eskom’s application to purchase additional renewable energy from independent power...

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