Industry opposes green tariff changes
Johannesburg - The proposed review of feed-in tariffs is
being opposed by three major associations in the renewable energy industry.
This was in response to the National Energy Regulator of
SA's (Nersa's) proposal in March to review the renewable energy feed-in tariffs
(REFIT) announced in 2009.
Nersa proposed cutting the REFIT rates compared to those
announced in 2009.
A joint statement on Monday by SA Wind Energy Association
(SAWEA), SA Solar Thermal and Electricity Association (SASTELA) and SA
Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) proposed a fixed feed-in tariff
This was because of their proven record and industrial
development benefits, including job creation.
The three associations had consulted with government
stakeholders about the government's commitment to continuing with the REFIT
"Although there has been no definitive statement made,
it appears that post these engagements the majority of government stakeholders
see no sense in deviating from the proposed REFIT processes," said SAWEA
chairperson Mark Tanton.
He said a tariff review by Nersa would not derail the REFIT
process, but could delay the procurement process.
A significant tariff review could cause a "severe
blow" to market confidence and could compromise secure electricity supply,
the organisations said.