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Issue 47, August 2021
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South Africa's 100 MW generation licencing threshold reforms: 
Do the Schedule 2 exemptions go far enough?
You are cordially invited to attend a webinar is hosted by the Power Futures Lab at the UCT Graduate School of Business, moderated by Prof. Anton Eberhard.
DATE: Tuesday 17 August 2021
TIME: 12h30 to 13h30 SAST (GMT+2)
COST: No cost, free-of-charge, all welcome.
South Africa is short of power and periodic load-shedding constrains economic growth and development. Investment in new power can be accelerated through an expanded competitive procurement programme by the IPP Office. But these large utility-scale projects take time. In parallel, distributed energy resources need to be facilitated by regulatory reforms so that electricity consumers can contract or investment in their own power solutions.
The proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act will help remove the bottleneck of onerous and lengthy NERSA licensing processes. But do they go far enough? Will projects built to trade electricity, or IPPs wheeling across the grid and selling to third parties, also qualify for licence exemptions? Our distinguished panel will give their views and answer your questions.

Prof Anton Eberhard
Anton Eberhard is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Power Futures Lab at the Graduate School of Business. He specializes in power sector investment, restructuring and regulatory issues. He previously chaired President Ramaphosa’s Eskom Sustainability Task Team and used to serve on the Board of the National Electricity Regulator.

Dr Grove Steyn
Dr Grove Steyn is the founding partner of Meridian Economics, specializing in infrastructure regulation, policy and restructuring, particularly in the electricity sector. He currently serves on President Ramaphosa’s Economic Advisory Council. Previously he was a member of the President’s Eskom Sustainability Task Team.

Dr Tsakani Mthombeni
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni is Executive for Sustainable Development at Impala Platinum. He served on President Ramaphosa’s Eskom Sustainability Task Team. He has held a number of senior and executive positions in the mining industry, including overall responsibility for developing their own power projects in South Africa and abroad

Chanda Nxumalo
Chanda Nxumalo is a Director in Harmattan Renewables and has extensive experience working in a technical, business development, and executive capacity in African, American, and European markets. She is also the Vice Chair of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association.

Dr Silas Mulaudzi
Dr Silas Mulaudzi works for the South African Local Government Association as a Specialist responsible for Sustainable Energy. Previously he worked for the Department of Energy as a Deputy Director responsible for Grid-Connected Renewable Energy and the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality as a Deputy Director responsible for Energy and Environment.  

Matthew Parks
Matthew Parks is the Parliamentary Coordinator for the Congress of South African Trade Unions and has represented the federation at NEDLAC including on energy and electricity issues. He previously served as as the ANC’s Deputy Regional Secretary for Cape Town and on its Regional Executive Committee.

Nhlanhla Gumede
Nhlanhla Gumede serves as the full-time member responsible for electricity at Nersa. Previously he held various executive positions in the energy sector, including Chairperson of the Board of PetroSA. He has served as a technical advisor to the Minister of Energy and was previously DDG for Hydrocarbons and Energy Planning in the Department of Minerals and Energy.

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