Why is Eskom dropping its (wildly successful) private power programme?

This decision is not linked to the stability of the grid.

Shalin Bhagwan, Ashburton

The cost of generating renewable energy has fallen dramatically.

Shalin Bhagwan, Ashburton

Since inception, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP) has been successful in a number of areas such as increasing electricity generation capacity, diversifying the sources of electricity generation and attracting significant local and offshore funding totalling in excess of R194 billion.

In addition, the average tariffs at which the projects have been awarded has decreased from R2.37/KWh in bid window 1 to R0.77/KWh in bid window 4.

Despite these successes, there has been increasing reports of Eskom raising concerns around the REIPPP programme.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Ashburton Head of Fixed Income Shalin Bhagwan.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Eskom’s ability to raise funding is fundamentally linked to Government support.

Shalin Bhagwan, Ashburton

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