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Brenda Martin, SAREC chairperson and CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association.
Brenda Martin, SAREC chairperson and CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association.

Cape Town – The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that its electricity sub-committee has recommended that the regulator should formally investigate if Eskom is in breach of the Electricity Regulation Act for not signing power purchase agreements (PPA) with private renewable energy firms.

“Nersa can confirm that it will conduct a formal investigation regarding a complaint referred to Nersa by the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea),” Nersa spokesperson Charles Hlebela told Fin24 on Thursday via text message.

13:20 UPDATE: Hlebela later corrected this statement, saying the move to investigate the allegations was only a recommendation and that it must be approved by the Energy Regulator. The regulator's next meeting is on 25 May, where this could be approved.

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