Ind­aba to fo­cus on re­new­able en­ergy

Cape Argus - - METRO - MWANGI GITHAHU mwangi.githahu@inl.co.za

THE two-day Africa En­ergy Ind­aba (AEI), which opens at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tion Con­ven­tion Cen­tre to­mor­row, is good news for West­ern Cape mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties ready to take up Fi­nance Min­is­ter Tito Mboweni’s Bud­get chal­lenge to pur­chase en­ergy di­rectly from in­de­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers (IPPs).

Africa En­ergy Ind­aba man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Liz Hart said: “Do­ing busi­ness is key to the dis­cus­sions at the Africa En­ergy Ind­aba.

“Our fo­cus is on ex­plor­ing how, us­ing the var­i­ous dis­cus­sions, busi­ness can ac­cess op­por­tu­ni­ties in the African en­ergy sec­tor, learn how to do trans­ac­tions and un­lock bot­tle­necks with en­ergy project de­vel­op­ments.”

In his Bud­get speech last week, Mboweni said: “It will soon be pos­si­ble for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in fi­nan­cially good stand­ing to pur­chase elec­tric­ity from in­de­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers.”

His move fol­lowed Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s com­mit­ment, made in his 2020 State of the Na­tion Ad­dress (Sona), to restart the long-de­layed Re­new­able En­ergy In­de­pen­dent Power Pro­ducer Pro­cure­ment Pro­gramme and all that is needed now is for the agree­ment of the Na­tional En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor of South Africa (Nersa).

How­ever, Nersa will only act af­ter fol­low­ing a pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process.

Al­ready, Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­ni­ties

MEC David Maynier has fac­tored “pur­su­ing a new en­ergy fu­ture in the West­ern Cape” in his pro­vin­cial Bud­get set for March 10.

Maynier said: “Bid Win­dow 5 is the the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties who wish to pro­cure elec­tric­ity from In­de­pen­dent Power Pro­duc­ers in the West­ern Cape.”

At the same time, the City is work­ing with the Coun­cil for Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search about the pro­duc­tion of a City-de­vel­oped In­te­grated Re­source Plan.

M ayor Dan Plato said: “We are also work­ing with the West­ern Cape Gov­ern­ment and GreenCape to look at sev­eral game changers that, from an en­ergy per­spec­tive, will greatly con­trib­ute to en­ergy se­cu­rity of sup­ply and en­sure a tran­si­tion to a lower car­bon fu­ture.”

Or­gan­is­ers of the ind­aba say that it will at­tract elite CEOs, high-level ex­ec­u­tives and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from across Africa and the rest of the world and of­fer net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The event has 4000 reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants and will host 156 speak­ers and show­case more than 200 ex­hibitor stands.

Among the del­e­ga­tions to the ind­aba is the largest Aus­trian del­e­ga­tion of ex­perts in Green Tech which will in­clude com­pa­nies deal­ing in tech­nol­ogy for chem­i­cal, pulp and pa­per and en­ergy and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­dus­tries; plug-in so­lar stor­age and power sup­ply for house­holds, and plug-and-play mini-hy­dropower plants.

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