Have your say on renewable energy licence applications

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If green power is near to your heart, South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) wants to hear what you think about the companies it has selected to generate renewable energy across several provinces.

Earlier this year, Nersa called for proposals on the generation of renewable energy in a fourth phase of bidding under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers programme (REIPPP). Just under 80 applications were received, with a combined renewable output of 5 804MW.

After the bidding phase was completed, Nersa selected and released a list of 26 preferred bidders for various renewable projects across the country to generate a total of 2 205 MW.

The regulator now needs to get comment from the public on its preferred bidders and the issuing of energy power plant licences, and will be facilitating feedback sessions across the country.

The first such event will start in the Northern Cape on 8 September, and will then make its way to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, culminating in Mpumalanga and the North West province on 11th September.

If you are not able to make it any of the sessions, you will still be able to make your voice heard by submitting comment to Nersa’s office in Gauteng.

To see if the comment sessions will be coming to a town near you, have a look at Nersa’s website for exactly where it will be held.

[Image – CC by 2.0/Stephan Rebernik]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.


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