LOAD-SHEDDING – THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND

LOAD-SHEDDING – THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND

Windaba to showcase wind energy’s contribution to delivering a sustainable energy supply to South Africa

An unprecedented energy crisis requires expedited and unprecedented action. That’s the warning from organisers of the forthcoming Windaba 2023.

Organised by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and supported by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Windaba is designed to refocus minds and shine a spotlight on the potential impact that wind has to mitigate the debilitating impacts of load-shedding.

“The energy crisis we find ourselves in has been 15 years in the making, but we do not have 15 years to resolve the energy issues facing the country, to combat load-shedding and meet our climate obligations,” says Niveshen Govender, SAWEA Chief Executive Officer.

“We need to redouble our efforts to bring renewable energy projects on stream, both through private and public sector procurement. But procurement alone is not the answer, and over the course of the conference we will explore ways to optimise the existing transmission infrastructure capacity and overcome the blockages that have been hampering new renewable power generation being connected to the grid.”

In January 2023 Eskom released a statement detailing that it was only able to supply 56.6% of the power needed nationally in the 2022/23 financial year. This has been further compounded by a failed public procurement bid window which resulted in the loss of investment, market confidence and ultimately additional capacity to the grid.

Taking place from 3rd October to 5th October at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Windaba will feature a roster of local specialists and international experts who will explore and recommend the best path to delivering a sustainable energy supply to the nation.

SAWEA recently published the results of the Renewable Energy Grid Survey which revealed a pipeline of almost 30GW of new wind projects being developed, which if realised has the potential to contribute significantly to the current energy crisis and help reaffirm South Africa’s status as an investment destination for renewable energy.

“Our ambition is for South Africa’s wind power industry to thrive as we pursue a common goal of harnessing the natural resource in a bid to deliver secure energy for South Africa. This will only be achieved through innovative thinking, a spirit of collaboration – across the renewables industry, government and private sector.

“Loadshedding is debilitating – for the nation as a whole and each of us as individuals. Together through the Windaba Conference, attendees will gain first-hand access to experts and industry leaders who will share their thoughts on how wind will play a central role in delivering energy security to South Africa.”

Windaba is a key date for the diary for anyone interested in Africa’s energy transition. Set to bring together key players from both the public and private sector, there will be a packed schedule of engaging talks, informative panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities.

Year-on-year, the conference brings together more than 600 delegates and industry exhibitors. The conference will continue to provide the most relevant and current wind sector information to aid and influence strategic decision making.

 

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Notes to Editors:

  • Windaba is the flagship industry conference of SAWEA bringing together key stakeholders including professionals, policymakers, academics, government representatives and civil society. It aims to facilitate strengthened partnerships for the on-the-ground implementation of renewable energy projects, to influence energy policy, and provide a framework to aid strategic decision-making.
  • SAWEA is an industry association representing the Wind Energy Industry in South Africa. SAWEA is a non-profit entity. Members include both national and international actors who are active in the entire Wind power supply chain.

 

 

As South Africa explores ways to mitigate the impact of load-shedding and deliver energy security to all citizens, it is vital that we think innovatively and fully realise the potential of our wind resources as a major contributor to the energy mix and a significant part of the solution to address the energy crises,” says Niveshen Govender, SAWEA CEO.

Windaba is set to be bigger and bolder than ever before, leveraging its status as the must-attend conference and exhibition in the energy sector to attract international experts and local industry leaders. Delegates will deep dive into the theme of ‘Beyond the Turbines’, with the ambition to maximise wind energy to mitigate the energy, climate and societal crises that are facing South Africa today.

Amplifying the traditional focus on turbines and megawatts, the wind conference and exhibition, now in its 12th year, is set to take a holistic view of this dynamic sector – showcasing the impact, innovations and influence that wind energy is having in South Africa and beyond.

“The past 12 months have shown that there are many challenges to be overcome if we are to fully harness wind resources and deliver them to the grid. However, it is also clear that wind projects are delivering more value than just MW to the grid and there is no better time to explore our industry beyond the turbines.

The 3 day conference will focus on topics which will not only highlight the innovations and advances that are taking place in the sector but also inspire attendees to maximise the impact of renewable energy on our economy as well in creating a more sustainable society for us all. Windaba will see stakeholders come together and collaborate on how best wind energy can support Government’s objective to end load shedding and achieve energy security.

Taking place from 3rd October to 5th October at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Windaba is hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) supported by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Windaba is a key date for the diary for anyone interested in Africa’s energy transition. Set to bring together key players from both the public and private sector, there will be a packed schedule of engaging talks, informative panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities.

“Together we need to think creatively about how we unlock grid capacity and maximise new renewable power generation. A key focus area would be to ensure wind projects are not stymied by insufficient grid capacity and grid optimisation solutions are investigated and employed. Only by working together and being proactive can we address the immediate crisis of load-shedding and develop a secure and sustainable energy grid for the future,”

Year-on-year, the conference brings together more than 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.

As load-shedding continues to blight the country and Government looks at strategies to unlock scarce grid capacity, Windaba 2023 is set to challenge the status quo and explore the power of wind, looking beyond the turbine and focusing on wind energy’s contribution to reducing the impact of energy cuts.

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  • Windaba is the flagship industry conference of SAWEA bringing together key stakeholders including professionals, policymakers, academics, government representatives and civil society. It aims to facilitate strengthened partnerships for the on-the-ground implementation of renewable energy projects, to influence energy policy, and provide a framework to aid strategic decision-making.
  • SAWEA is an industry association representing the Wind Energy Industry in South Africa. They are a non-profit entity. Members include both national and international actors who are active in the entire Wind power supply chain.

 

 

 

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