PPA-contesting lobby group turns to S African court on Monday

Noupoort Wind Farm, South Africa. Source: Mainstream Renewable Power. License: All Rights Reserved

March 15 (Renewables Now) - Тhe Coal Transportation Forum (CTF) is getting ready to present to the High Court in Pretoria on Monday its case against procured renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) in South Africa.

The lobby group claims that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, also known as NERSA, has authorised the signing of the PPAs under the fourth round of the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) without proper public consultation. The forum will ask the court to set aside those deals, which were signed with state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.

In an Op-Ed released by Fin24, Brenda Martin, the CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), countered CTF’s argument that the renewables programme would also impact Eskom’s financial performance. She says the assertion that Eskom incurs losses from such contracts has already been found to be without foundation, misleading and false.

In April 2018, Eskom signed, with a big delay, 27 renewable PPAs representing about 2,300 MW of generating capacity that were selected under bid windows 3.5, 4 and 4.5 of the REIPPPP.

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