Urban Energy News

Issue 25, March 2021
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Launch of the City of Jo'burg EV readiness project
SEA, with funding from the UK PACT, is set to undertake an electric vehicle readiness project with the City of Jo'burg. The project aims to build the capacity of City officials to be EV ready, with a particular focus on grid impact, assessing the feasibility of electric minibus taxis (e-taxis) and solar-powered EV charging stations.

Launch of the Smart Buildings web hub
The Smart Buildings web hub is an awareness campaign developed through the C40 South African Buildings Programme, aimed to connect South Africans to the process of transforming buildings in design and operation. The web hub is a one-stop shop on legislation, best practice, training and dialogues that will guide the development of smarter, greener buildings in cities, with an aim to reach net zero carbon.

LISTEN NOW: Net Zero Carbon buildings in SA Cities
SEA, in partnership with Talking Transformation Podcast, is hosting a four-part podcast series to introduce and keep the audience abreast of the South African Buildings Programme driven by the Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini and Tshwane metros. The podcast takes the audience through the nuts and bolts of a net zero carbon pathway, governance and leadership in cities, as well as the market response to transformational buildings.

Check out the SSEG e-Learning platform
The SAGEN-SALGA-SEA-Sun Cybernetics small scale embedded generation (SSEG) e-learning platform provides extensive free and self-taught learning. Explore the four available courses: 1) Grid Impacts of Solar PV, 2) Tariff Setting for Solar PV, 3) Bi-directional Metering for SSEG, and 4) PV Procurement Training.

Energy Performance Certificates
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy recently promulgated regulations for the mandatory display and submission of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings. Government buildings with a total net floor area greater than 1000m2 and private buildings with a total net floor area greater than 2000m2 need to comply with the regulation.

Experimenting with cool roofs and walls in Kwa-Zulu Natal
The South African-German Energy Partnership and SANEDI are experimenting with cool roofs and walls to test the applicability and capacity of rolling out the technology on a large scale across South Africa. The impact of cool coating technology was evident in the reduction of indoor temperature, energy consumption and demand.

My Clean Green Home exhibition
The City of Cape Town's Future Energy Festival has given the public a chance to walk through and experience a full size model of a net zero carbon (NZC) home at the Vangate Mall. The NZC home was designed by Team Mahali, a group of recent graduates and young African professionals from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. A digital tour is also available, enabling  access to sustainable living information including Smart Living Handbook, Smart Office Handbook and more.

Renewables in Cities 2021 global status report
This report provides an overview of the status, trends and developments of renewable energy in cities. SEA authored the chapter on "State of Renewables in Sub-Saharan African cities", which details the challenges in advancing renewables, such as policy and regulation, underdeveloped grids and infrastructure, unstable off-taker arrangements, access to financial markets, data needs and internal capacity.

Wheeling discussion paper: A guide for municipal distributors
Recent amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act explicitly allow for wheeling of electricity. Coupled with the continually declining cost of renewable energy and the increasing number of corporations pledging to reduce emissions, this has led to an increased interest in wheeling in recent months. This discussion paper, written by SEA in early 2020, aims to support municipal electricity distributors understand the basics of wheeling.The paper describes the regulatory framework of electricity distributors, and wheeling tariff construction, and includes case studies of wheeling in the metros.

What does the South African climate finance landscape look like?
GreenCape, in partnership with the Climate Policy Initiative and The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, tracked climate finance flows in 2017/2018. A total of R62 billion in climate finance was tracked, with a large contribution from the private sector (57%) and most finance directed towards clean energy.

Apply for the 2021 UN Global Climate Action Award
The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat is now accepting applications for the 2021 Global Climate Action Awards to showcase bold leadership on climate change. Organisations, cities, businesses, schools, governments and other key players that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply. Applications close on 30 April.

UCT short course on private power investment in Africa
The Power Futures Lab at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business will be presenting its annual short course on “Finance, contracts and risk mitigation for private power investment in Africa” during the weeks of 17 – 28 May 2021. The course will equip participants with an understanding of project finance fundamentals, Power Purchase Agreements, and risk mitigation measures. Applications close on 17 April.
Looking for information on sustainable energy?
The Urban Energy Support website is an information portal of practical tools and guides to support the transition towards sustainable local energy development and a low-carbon trajectory for South Africa.

The African City Energy website is a resource to help those involved in sustainable energy challenges in urban areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Small Scale Embedded Generation website (SSEG) is a resource portal of practical tools and guides for SSEG processes.

The Smart Buildings web hub is a resource portal to guide the development of smarter and greener buildings in cities.

Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) promotes equitable, low-carbon, clean energy development in urban South Africa and Africa. We do this through research, capacity building, policy engagement and information dissemination
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Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa
Email:    info@sustainable.org.za
Tel:         021 702 3622
Website: www.sustainable.org.za

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