Renewables enthusiasm curbed as IPP signing is interdicted

The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was interdicted. The interdict was secured late on March 12 after an unlikely partnership of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Transform RSA approached the courts to prevent power utility Eskom from concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the IPPs on March 13.