Municipal Energy Resilience
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In South Africa, the Western Cape Government’s minister for finance and economic opportunities, David Maynier, formerly published a Request for Information (RFI) for their Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) Project.

Minister Maynier is calling on all potential private and public sector organisations, including Western Cape municipalities, to provide information on renewable energy projects that would develop into new generation capacity in the Western Cape.

Potential respondents are requested to submit an RFI Response Form in accordance with the instructions in the RFI that is available, free of charge, for download from 11 June 2021.

The last date for submission of the completed RFI Response Forms is 18h00 on 12 July 2021.

Enquiries should be directed to Adrian Rudolph via e-mail on Adrian.Rudolph@westerncape.gov.za

Maynier said: “This is an important step forward in our MER Project which was launched last year to support municipalities to take advantage of the new energy regulations to generate, procure and sell their own power so that we can become more energy secure in the Western Cape.”

Information submitted through the RFI will enable the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to consider options and develop the strategic approach to assist municipalities in the Western Cape to develop and/or procure new electricity generation capacity from all types of renewable energy generation and supply systems and technologies, including self-generation, battery energy storage systems, as well as hybrid generation and storage solutions.

Maynier added: “The MER Project is just one of the many ways to build energy resilience and buffer businesses and households from the impact of loadshedding in the Western Cape.”

The minister emphasised that the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 10 June 2021 that Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act will be amended to increase the licensing threshold for embedded generation projects from 1MW to 100MW is a “welcome move that will boost our initiatives to build energy resilience in the Western Cape”.

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He said: “To ensure we maintain momentum and move forward as quickly as possible, we need the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to finalise Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act to provide further clarity and certainty to the market.

“We remain in an energy crisis and large-scale private sector participation in energy generation, in partnership with government, will be key to addressing the current shortfall in the Western Cape.”

The deadline for responses to the RFI is 18h00 on 12 July 2021.  https://www.westerncape.gov.za/110green/energy/mer-projects-rfi

For more information on the Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) project.