Networking seminar – Economic and community development through the REIPPPP

Networking seminar participants.

The ongoing Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPPP) programme is attracting attention from the social sciences. The programme’s mandated community development investment challenges industry practice in project development and implementation. Increasingly, academic attention grows in support of industry, civil society and government, to maximise the investment’s developmental contribution. The Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted a networking seminar for researchers working on this topic on the 21 st April 2016. The 23 participants were… Read moreNetworking seminar – Economic and community development through the REIPPPP

Power to the people: renewable energy projects must be a collaborative effort

Renewable energy is finally a reality in South Africa’s electricity mix. The government’s renewable energy programme has procured 92 solar, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Some of these are already feeding into the national grid. Others meanwhile are in various stages of development. Community renewables are not unique to South Africa. It is the country’s policies and frameworks that are new. Provisions in the regulatory framework direct international investment towards community development. The companies that build renewable energy power plants… Read morePower to the people: renewable energy projects must be a collaborative effort

Communities for Wind Working Group launched under SAWEA

At this years Windaba in Cape Town, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) launched a new working group. Under the name Communities for Wind, the group is aiming to provide support to the industry to enable the best possible social and economic outcomes for communities. The development of good practice when it comes to working with communities, monitoring of the impacts and the support of positive relationships is the focus of the work content for the coming months. Relationships… Read moreCommunities for Wind Working Group launched under SAWEA

Census 2011 reveals boom in backyard shacks: HSRC Review

Jackie Borel-Saladin and Ivan Turok discuss trends in housing and urbanisation revealed by the latest Census 2011 statistics. One of the interesting trends to emerge within the overall picture of rapid urbanisation in the major cities is the sharp growth in backyard shacks. These, often vulnerable, households are not typically provided with access to basic services. The result is that existing service delivery is overwhelmed by the additional demand from these households that it was not designed or resourced to meet…. Read moreCensus 2011 reveals boom in backyard shacks: HSRC Review

Fire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

Shack fires are an unremitting scourge facing urban townships. In South Africa, between 2000 and 2010, over 230 000 people were made homeless by fires. Growing urban populations together with inadequate services, in particular electricity and water, means urban shack fires will continue to take their toll. There is an urgent need for effective solutions to address the major causes. Last year, the City responded to 1,177 fire incidents in informal settlements around Cape Town. According to the City 3,480… Read moreFire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

New report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

Health and safety issues related to paraffin have long been a critical issue in South Africa and yet it remains an overlooked policy issue. This report was commissioned by the Paraffin Safety Association (PASASA) – which has since expanded its mandate to become the Household Safety Association (HESASA). Through wide-ranging interviews with public, private and academic stakeholder,s as well as focus groups with low-income paraffin users, the report investigates what the future role of paraffin could and should play in South Africa…. Read moreNew report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

In conversation with the DoE: challenges implementing community benefits in the RE IPPPP

Louise Tait and Holle Wlokas from the ERC and Sue Soal from CDRA attended a high level meeting with the Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Unit, which comprises representatives from the Department of Energy and National Treasury, to discuss issues pertaining to the community benefit requirements in the RE IPPPP. Two representatives from GIZ’s SAGEN programme also attended the meeting. The DoE’s Renewable Energy Independent Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP) includes requirements for independent power producers (IPPs) to make financial contributions… Read moreIn conversation with the DoE: challenges implementing community benefits in the RE IPPPP

New report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP

The EPD team have launched a new publication in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) titled: Making Communities Count: maximising local benefit potential in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). In South Africa, independent power producers (IPPs) of renewable energy are invited to bid to take part in a large-scale, innovative, government-led scheme which aims to not only increase the share of renewable energy in the national grid, but also to… Read moreNew report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP

ICCG Lecture Series on Energy Poverty

The International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) has launched a new online lecture series on issues related to climate change governance. Content is delivered by policy and academic experts and lectures are aimed at promoting long-distance training. The first in this interesting lecture series is on Energy Poverty: “Reducing energy poverty in the developing world is a necessary condition to promote its economic and social development. 1.3 billion people in the world still lack access to electricity and 2.7 billion… Read moreICCG Lecture Series on Energy Poverty

Health and Energy Policy Roundtable

EPD attended and presented at a recent Health and Energy Policy Roundtable event held in Cape Town. The roundtable was hosted by the UCT School of Public Health and Family Medicine; African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI); and groundWork South Africa.The event aimed to bring together health professionals, researchers, and academics with energy policy experts to identify the health implications of current energy policy and systems in the Western Cape and South Africa; to develop a position for a healthy… Read moreHealth and Energy Policy Roundtable