Cape Town seeks to procure its own power within six years

‘It’s something that every city needs to be thinking about’ – City of Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa’s second-biggest city, said it could buy its own renewable energy within five to six years if it wins a court case against the government.

The city of 4 million people has sued the Energy Ministry and the national power regulator to obtain the right to procure its energy in a case that could pave the way for other municipalities to do the same. The state power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is currently the country’s main provider. The case was heard last week and a judgment is yet to be made.

“It’s something that every city needs to be thinking about,” said Leila Mahomed-Weideman, director of sustainable energy markets for the City of Cape Town, in a video conference Wednesday.

Cape Town, along with other major cities such as Johannesburg and Pretoria, wants to boost the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources and reduce its dependence on Eskom at the same time. The state utility has subjected South Africa to bouts of power cuts since 2008 as it struggles to meet demand.

Under Cape Town’s plan, the city would set up a power-purchasing office and expect tenders, licensing and connection to the grid within six years, according to a presentation given at the conference.

In addition to buying power from city residents with solar power mounted on their rooftops, Cape Town expects to source electricity from solar power projects and waste-to-power projects at its landfill sites.

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Cape Town needs to wake up. Renewable energy is a pipe dream. The carbon footprint of all these things that create renewable energy is massive. And it is not sustainable.
Dream on Cape Town.

Ja but Windebag could power the entire city for years with all his hot air…

Sigh I wish they would just get on and do it and ask for forgiveness afterwards. How much methane is going into the atmosphere in six year while they argue in court costing a fortune in legal fees. Say you are not really out to generate power, you are just preventing green house gas pollution – and by the way the by-product is a bit of much needed electricity?

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