SA’s independent power producers need to be cautious about pressing for open market for energy as experience shows this can lead to excess supply SOUTH Africa’s independent power producers (IPPs) needed to be cautious about pressing for an open market for energy as experience from the UK had shown this could lead to excess supply. This was according to energy sector investment adviser Bridge Capital Refco director Dudley Baylis, who made the statement at the Africa Energy Indaba on Wednesday.There is a remarkable appetite for South Africa’s renewable power programme. Bids received for the third window amounted to a possible 6,023MW of extra power, while only 1,473MW had been allocated.IPP Cennergi’s project execution manager, Brian Day, said central planning for the IPP programme was "overly constraining".Cennergi was looking north of South Africa’s borders for new markets, Mr Day said, though there was "lots to do to create a real market for IPPs in the rest of Africa".He said rece...

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