The tender process and the awarding of renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracts have no room for favouritism, Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe said on Sunday.
Efforts are being stepped up to alleviate electricity supply constraints, with government preparing to expand the Independent Power Producer (IPP) initiative, said National Treasury.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his tabling of the 2015 Medium Term Policy Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday, the Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, said South Africa has made good progress in resolving its energy challenge.
Eskom fully supports the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE-IPPP), saying that IPPs must play a role in the country’s electricity market.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced the ten preferred bidders in the department’s Small Projects Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Programme.
Eskom says it is set to continue with planned maintenance during the winter months, while the power utility also dispelled prospects of a total electricity blackout.