November 7-8, 2018


Cape Town International Convention Centre

WindAc Africa

November 5-6, 2018

South Africa’s premier wind energy
conference & exhibition

Welcome Note from SAWEA CEO

Brenda Martin: SAWEA CEO

The global energy transition away from Coal is underpinned by related decisive knowledge and policy shifts. SAWEA is focussed on achieving an integrated energy transition and has commenced with the implementation of its 3 year business plan to 2020. The Association’s strategy is driven by climate change, societal and economic considerations.

Revised Vision statement: A thriving commercial Wind power industry in South Africa, part of a growing domestic and international renewable power industry that is recognised as a major contributor to social, environmental and economic security.

In keeping with the SAWEA business plan timeframe, the Windaba programmes will focus on different aspects of the energy transition over the next three years. The key categories of activity are investment, implementation and consolidation.

2018 will be a landmark year for the SA Energy sector with the utility-scale Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) having resumed following a prolonged period of investor and political uncertainty. The long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update is also due to be published and will provide important long-term electricity sector investment direction. South Africa’s coal-dependence coupled with domestic socio-economic tensions has brought into public debate the practical effects of successfully realising the national energy transition. This vibrant and necessary discource, against a dynamic political backdrop continues to set the pace of the energy transition. The Renewables value proposition, as the REIPPPP roll-out continues, has shown the  meaningful and transformative realities of the growing domestic renewable industry .

The country’s vertically integrated monopoly utility has enjoyed several decades of market dominance. In recent years, this status quo has been increasingly questioned as tariffs escalate and electricity demand remains stagnant. Under the theme of ‘Investment for an integrated energy transition’, the 2018 Windaba programme will reflect on contemporary and emerging facets of the national, continental and global energy transition, with an emphasis on investment. Investment not only in power infrastructure and operational efficiency, but also investment in people and investment for the planet.

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