The need for Eskom’s new grid queuing rules became abundantly clear in 2022 with the announcement of the winning bids in round six of the government’s renewable energy procurement programme.

In July 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised, as part of an action plan to end SA’s electricity crisis, to double the megawatts to be procured from 2,600MW to 5,200MW. But by the time the winning bids were announced in December, Eskom had run out of available grid space and only 860MW could be procured...

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