The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has lodged a complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) against Eskom’s public refusal to enter into power-purchase agreements with independent power producers. The association says this refusal is in violation of determinations by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson relating to government’s renewable-energy IPP procurement programme. In the event that Eskom is found guilty, Sawea has requested that Nersa impose the maximum legislated penalty of 10% of Eskom’s annual daily turnover for each day that Eskom continues to delay the programme. "Sawea believes that Eskom is acting in direct contravention with government’s policy to diversify the country’s energy mix" said association CEO Johan van den Berg. The cabinet recently reaffirmed its support for the programme. Joemat-Pettersson and the Presidency have said government remained committed to support determinations already made. Eskom’s refusal to connect ...

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