A look at green power

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Gcina Nt­saluba

The depart­ment of min­eral re­sources and en­ergy said it was con­sid­er­ing bring­ing In­de­pen­dent Power Pro­duc­ers (IPPs) from bid win­dow 4 into the main­stream power grid to en­sure elec­tric­ity sup­ply for the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Busi­ness Report, the SA Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion (SAWEA) said yes­ter­day cur­rent op­er­at­ing wind farms could add 500 Megawatts (MW) im­me­di­ately to the na­tional grid.

“The plants have ex­cess ca­pac­ity of about 500MW avail­able im­me­di­ately. These can also be short-term con­tracts and doesn’t have to be viewed as long-term com­mit­ments,” said Ntomb­i­futhi Ntuli, CEO of SAWEA.

She said the wind in­dus­try could sup­ply elec­tric­ity through sign­ing pri­vate power pur­chase agree­ments (PPAs), which should ad­dress a lot of the short-term ca­pac­ity chal­lenges and ul­ti­mately avoid load shed­ding.

In a state­ment, the depart­ment said it would meet with the elec­tric­ity reg­u­la­tor Nersa to con­clude on mat­ters of con­cur­rence so it can as­sist the min­istry.

“As part of ef­forts to en­sure se­cu­rity of elec­tric­ity sup­ply, the min­is­ter has con­sid­ered short­and medium-term in­ter­ven­tions to both the elec­tric­ity and en­ergy chal­lenges,” the depart­ment said.

Some of these ef­forts in­clude the pub­li­ca­tion of the Re­quest For In­for­ma­tion to en­able the depart­ment to have a sense of im­me­di­ate gen­er­a­tion op­tions avail­able, to bring IPPs ca­pac­ity on stream ear­lier and to drive for the use of LPG gas.

De­spite these im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tions, the depart­ment said the In­te­grated Re­source Plan 2019 was the blue­print that sets a clear path for se­cu­rity of en­ergy sup­ply.

Eskom did not re­spond to ques­tions by the time of go­ing to press.

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