Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

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eng2THE South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is considering legal options in a bid to get Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for round four of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Sawea says 26 projects totalling R50-billion in investment are at stake, as Eskom delays signing round four of the REIPPPP.“We are getting detailed legal advice. The renewable energy programme is stuck on the desk of the CEO of Eskom, who holds the pen. We are looking at legal options to get past this impasse,” said Sawea chairperson Mark Pickering. Sawea has launched an official complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) over Eskom’s failure to comply with Ministerial determinations. If Eskom is found guilty, Sawea has requested that Nersa impose the maximum legislated penalty of 10% of Eskom’s daily turnover for each day that Eskom continues to delay the programme.