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The continuing troubles at Eskom open the way for independent renewable energy to play a greater role in SA’s energy mix, energy, Jeff Radebe, told attendees at the 8th Africa Power roundtable on Tuesday. “Given the crisis at Eskom, I foresee a larger role for renewables,” he said in opening the two-day event, hosted by DLO Energy Resources. Radebe said that, although the first two rounds of the government’s renewable energy independent power producers procurement programme were “very expensive”, successive rounds have been dropping cost. “They are getting cheaper and cheaper all the time, despite what the opponents of renewables say.” The minister’s comments came on the same day that the Pretoria high court dismissed, with costs, an application by the Coal Transporters Forum to stop Eskom from signing power purchase agreements with independent power producers of renewable energy. The matter was opposed by the IPPS, as well as by the minister of energy, Eskom and the National Energy...

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