It's one thing to focus on SA's long-term prospects. Be careful not to miss the forest for the trees. But what's to be done when the forest suddenly goes up in flames? asks Ron Derby.
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says government is still committed to renewable energy, despite claims by Eskom that it is costly.
An information war about the economic benefits of green energy is heating up as unions embark on marches to protest against Eskom signing on more renewable IPPs.
Eskom has set the ball rolling to sign 26 power purchase agreements that will mean independent power producers can start construction on wind and solar projects.
Renewable energy IPPs whose new build plans have been held up by Eskom can take the power utility to court, according to legal opinion by Webber Wentzel.
The SA Renewable Energy Council says 15 000 possible jobs are in jeopardy as Eskom refuses to sign power purchasing agreements with 26 IPPs.
New Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has raised concerns with renewable energy IPPs, whose Power Purchase Agreements were supposed to be finalised on Tuesday.
It seems Eskom still wants to renegotiate prices for the purchase of renewable energy from Independent Power Producers, says the SA Renewable Energy Council.
Renewable energy forms an important part of the South Africa's energy mix, says President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address.
The Department of Energy has delayed new energy plans, while the renewable sector is considering going to court to force Eskom’s hand amid its new build woes.
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