Windaba Conference and Exhibition has firmly established itself as the ‘Must-Attend’ Event for Wind Energy stakeholders active on the African continent. Taking place on 7-8 November, the 8th Annual Windaba is hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) in proud partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
Year-on-year, the conference brings together some +600 conference delegates and industry exhibitors. The conference will continue to provide the most relevant and current Wind sector information to aid in strategic decision making.
Windaba offers several opportunities to engage with customers, stakeholders and peers to ensure a strengthened African wind industry.
Welcome Note from 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.
SAWEA’s vision: 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 alignment with the SAWEA business plan, the 2018 Windaba programme will focus on different aspects of the energy transition in the short to medium term. The key themes to be explored relate to investment trends, operational practice and visions to be realised.
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.