RE IPPPP workshop on community benefits

The government’s utility scale renewable energy plants, being rolled out across the country between now and 2016 under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP), has specific requirements relating to economic development and community benefits. Four of the seven criteria relate to the citizens residing within a 50 kilometre radius around a proposed project site. These require that projects have a percentage local community ownership, contribute to local job creation, as well as spending directed towards socio-economic… Read moreRE IPPPP workshop on community benefits

EPD students visit Kuyasa CDM Project

The ERC’s EPD course participants (and some eager new ERC staffers) went on a site visit of the Kuyasa project. The Kuyasa CDM Pilot Project involves the retrofitting of solar water heater (SWHs), insulated ceilings and energy efficient lighting in over 2 300 low-cost homes in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. More info on Kuyasa is available on the project’s website:

LCEDN workshop in Brighton

The second meeting of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) conference was held in Brighton in the premises of the Sussex University on the 10th and 11th of September 2012. The programme consisted of a mix of presentations and interactive discussion sessions. The final programme is below. The meeting brought together researchers from mostly British organisations and institutions. LCEDN Conference Programme: Transitions to low carbon energy systems: which pathways to energy access for all? Day 1: Monday, 10th September 2012… Read moreLCEDN workshop in Brighton

Impressions from the EVALOC conference

The one conference brought together an interdisciplinary and international bunge of researchers and practitioners. The organisers, the EVALOC research team, did an incredible job in hosting a very interesting event, including presentations, plenum discussion and workshop sessions. The absolutely beautiful venue in the TS Elliot Lecture Theater in Oxford ( made me literally forget the pains from being in a conference setting the third day in a row (after the two day LCEDN meeting in Brighton the days before). The programme… Read moreImpressions from the EVALOC conference

EPD at EVALOC Conference

EVALOC International conference on Energy and communities EVALOC is an exciting, novel and collaborative 3.5-year Research Councils UK (RCUK) funded research project which brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from building science and social science disciplines, based in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development of Oxford Brookes University, and the Environmental Change Institute of University of Oxford. EVALOC has been awarded funding of £1.14 million (Grant reference: RES-628-25-0012) from RCUK/ESRC as part of the Energy and Communities programme. The EVALOC… Read moreEPD at EVALOC Conference

Bethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

  Earlier this year I visited Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC) with three UCT students from the Engineers without borders (EWB) team (Ondela Mabusela, Tumelo Gabaraane, Matt Docherty) and ERC staff member, Anya Boyd, to see how the facility operates and gain technical and practical exposure to some of the renewable technology that is being used and developed by teachers and students at the school. The BBDCD centre trains students and hosts workshops on topics including renewable energy,… Read moreBethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

EPD published MEMO on Community Development through RE IPPPP

Challenges and opportunities to maximise the sustainable development potential for local communities in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme Purpose This memo informs about challenges and opportunities related to the economic development elements of the Department of Energy’s current Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). Context The South African RE IPPPP issued in 2011 aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the national electricity grid and stimulate growth in the renewable energy sector. Applications for… Read moreEPD published MEMO on Community Development through RE IPPPP

EPD makes a joint submission to the National Planning Commission

The EPD team at the ERC, together with a range of stakeholders made a submission to the National Planning Commission with regards to access to energy services in the National Planning Document. This submission was borne out of a meeting of stakeholders was held by Pasasa and Sanedi in May 2012 which discussed issues around safe household energy usage in South Africa and the lack of an integrated framework or strategy for access to energy in South Africa. This meeting of… Read moreEPD makes a joint submission to the National Planning Commission

UNEP and GNESD Energy Access Workshop in Cape Town

The ERC is a Member Centre of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD). GNESD is a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of Member Centres of Excellence and network partners in the global south. The main objective of GNESD is to carry out policy analysis on thematic energy issues, which can assist in promoting sustainable development and reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Since 2002, the network has been engaged in undertaking policy analysis in the field of energy and… Read moreUNEP and GNESD Energy Access Workshop in Cape Town