Date set for court hearing

2019-06-06 06:00

The City of Cape Town is pleased that the date of Tuesday 18 June has been set for its hearing on being allowed to purchase energy from independent power producers (IPPs) and not only from Eskom. The City is fighting for the right to buy cleaner energy directly from IPPs.

In the court matter, the City is asking the Minister of Energy and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to allow it, and municipalities across South Africa, to buy energy from IPPs in light of Eskom’s inability to provide a reliable and cleaner energy supply to the residents and businesses of Cape Town.

Mayco member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti, says: “Metros simply must be the energy champions of their residents and of their commercial sector players.

“It is a right which is entrenched in the Constitution of the country and the City intends on providing its customers with the option of cleaner energy supply while combating both rising electricity tariffs and the impact of climate change. Energy derived from fossil fuels is responsible for roughly half of the greenhouse gases released worldwide.”

He says the City maintains that it will be vital for the national government to open up the electricity generation environment if cities are to be able to reduce carbon emissions and if the security of power supply is to be achieved.

“This is not just a Cape Town fight. As a city, we encourage all other metros, being the growth engines of our country, to join us and to actively participate in constructive responses to mitigate the impact of the electricity supply shortage in the commercial sector especially.

“We simply cannot afford the devastation that load-shedding has had on our economy as a city and as a country,” says Maxiti.

He added that it is vital to future-proof the City to ensure that security of supply, and cleaner supply at that is enhanced.

The City, therefore, wants a Section 34 determination in accordance with the New Generation Capacity Regulations in the Electricity Regulation Act to allow them to procure 150MW of solar energy and 280MW of wind energy from IPPs.

“If successful in our court challenge, the City would opt for a public tender and solicit proposals from IPPs.

“The price of power generated from IPPs would differ based on technology. It is foreseen that the City would then periodically advise on new tenders with new prices for power to be purchased, based on prevailing and predicted market trends.

For the sake of our country’s economy, the entire electricity regime urgently needs to be restructured.

The City is ready to be part of that change and move towards a low carbon, diversified and decentralised energy system,” says Maxiti.

The City of Cape Town is pleased that the date of Tuesday 18 June has been set for its hearing on being allowed to purchase energy from independent power producers (IPPs) and not only from Eskom. The City is fighting for the right to buy cleaner energy directly from IPPs.

In the court matter, the City is asking the Minister of Energy and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to allow it, and municipalities across South Africa, to buy energy from IPPs in light of Eskom’s inability to provide a reliable and cleaner energy supply to the residents and businesses of Cape Town.

Mayco member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti, says: “Metros simply must be the energy champions of their residents and of their commercial sector players. It is a right which is entrenched in the Constitution of the country and the City intends on providing its customers with the option of cleaner energy supply while combating both rising electricity tariffs and the impact of climate change. Energy derived from fossil fuels is responsible for roughly half of the greenhouse gases released worldwide.”

He says the City maintains that it will be vital for the national government to open up the electricity generation environment if cities are to be able to reduce carbon emissions and if the security of power supply is to be achieved.

“This is not just a Cape Town fight. As a city, we encourage all other metros, being the growth engines of our country, to join us and to actively participate in constructive responses to mitigate the impact of the electricity supply shortage in the commercial sector especially.

“We simply cannot afford the devastation that load-shedding has had on our economy as a city and as a country,” says Maxiti.

He added that it is vital to future-proof the City to ensure that security of supply, and cleaner supply at that is enhanced.

The City, therefore, wants a Section 34 determination in accordance with the New Generation Capacity Regulations in the Electricity Regulation Act to allow them to procure 150MW of solar energy and 280MW of wind energy from IPPs.

“If successful in our court challenge, the City would opt for a public tender and solicit proposals from IPPs.

“The price of power generated from IPPs would differ based on technology. It is foreseen that the City would then periodically advise on new tenders with new prices for power to be purchased, based on prevailing and predicted market trends.

For the sake of our country’s economy, the entire electricity regime urgently needs to be restructured. The City is ready to be part of that change and move towards a low carbon, diversified and decentralised energy system,” says Maxiti.

The City of Cape Town is pleased that the date of Tuesday 18 June has been set for its hearing on being allowed to purchase energy from independent power producers (IPPs) and not only from Eskom. The City is fighting for the right to buy cleaner energy directly from IPPs.

In the court matter, the City is asking the Minister of Energy and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to allow it, and municipalities across South Africa, to buy energy from IPPs in light of Eskom’s inability to provide a reliable and cleaner energy supply to the residents and businesses of Cape Town.

Mayco member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti, says: “Metros simply must be the energy champions of their residents and of their commercial sector players. It is a right which is entrenched in the Constitution of the country and the City intends on providing its customers with the option of cleaner energy supply while combating both rising electricity tariffs and the impact of climate change. Energy derived from fossil fuels is responsible for roughly half of the greenhouse gases released worldwide.”

He says the City maintains that it will be vital for the national government to open up the electricity generation environment if cities are to be able to reduce carbon emissions and if the security of power supply is to be achieved.

“This is not just a Cape Town fight. As a city, we encourage all other metros, being the growth engines of our country, to join us and to actively participate in constructive responses to mitigate the impact of the electricity supply shortage in the commercial sector especially.

“We simply cannot afford the devastation that load-shedding has had on our economy as a city and as a country,” says Maxiti.

He added that it is vital to future-proof the City to ensure that security of supply, and cleaner supply at that is enhanced.

The City, therefore, wants a Section 34 determination in accordance with the New Generation Capacity Regulations in the Electricity Regulation Act to allow them to procure 150MW of solar energy and 280MW of wind energy from IPPs.

“If successful in our court challenge, the City would opt for a public tender and solicit proposals from IPPs.

“The price of power generated from IPPs would differ based on technology. It is foreseen that the City would then periodically advise on new tenders with new prices for power to be purchased, based on prevailing and predicted market trends.

For the sake of our country’s economy, the entire electricity regime urgently needs to be restructured. The City is ready to be part of that change and move towards a low carbon, diversified and decentralised energy system,” says Maxiti.

The City of Cape Town is pleased that the date of Tuesday 18 June has been set for its hearing on being allowed to purchase energy from independent power producers (IPPs) and not only from Eskom. The City is fighting for the right to buy cleaner energy directly from IPPs.

In the court matter, the City is asking the Minister of Energy and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to allow it, and municipalities across South Africa, to buy energy from IPPs in light of Eskom’s inability to provide a reliable and cleaner energy supply to the residents and businesses of Cape Town.

Mayco member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti, says: “Metros simply must be the energy champions of their residents and of their commercial sector players. It is a right which is entrenched in the Constitution of the country and the City intends on providing its customers with the option of cleaner energy supply while combating both rising electricity tariffs and the impact of climate change. Energy derived from fossil fuels is responsible for roughly half of the greenhouse gases released worldwide.”

He says the City maintains that it will be vital for the national government to open up the electricity generation environment if cities are to be able to reduce carbon emissions and if the security of power supply is to be achieved.

“This is not just a Cape Town fight. As a city, we encourage all other metros, being the growth engines of our country, to join us and to actively participate in constructive responses to mitigate the impact of the electricity supply shortage in the commercial sector especially.

“We simply cannot afford the devastation that load-shedding has had on our economy as a city and as a country,” says Maxiti.

He added that it is vital to future-proof the City to ensure that security of supply, and cleaner supply at that is enhanced.

The City, therefore, wants a Section 34 determination in accordance with the New Generation Capacity Regulations in the Electricity Regulation Act to allow them to procure 150MW of solar energy and 280MW of wind energy from IPPs.

“If successful in our court challenge, the City would opt for a public tender and solicit proposals from IPPs.

“The price of power generated from IPPs would differ based on technology. It is foreseen that the City would then periodically advise on new tenders with new prices for power to be purchased, based on prevailing and predicted market trends.

For the sake of our country’s economy, the entire electricity regime urgently needs to be restructured. The City is ready to be part of that change and move towards a low carbon, diversified and decentralised energy system,” says Maxiti.

The City of Cape Town is pleased that the date of Tuesday 18 June has been set for its hearing on being allowed to purchase energy from independent power producers (IPPs) and not only from Eskom. The City is fighting for the right to buy cleaner energy directly from IPPs.

In the court matter, the City is asking the Minister of Energy and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to allow it, and municipalities across South Africa, to buy energy from IPPs in light of Eskom’s inability to provide a reliable and cleaner energy supply to the residents and businesses of Cape Town.

Mayco member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti, says: “Metros simply must be the energy champions of their residents and of their commercial sector players. It is a right which is entrenched in the Constitution of the country and the City intends on providing its customers with the option of cleaner energy supply while combating both rising electricity tariffs and the impact of climate change. Energy derived from fossil fuels is responsible for roughly half of the greenhouse gases released worldwide.”

He says the City maintains that it will be vital for the national government to open up the electricity generation environment if cities are to be able to reduce carbon emissions and if the security of power supply is to be achieved.

“This is not just a Cape Town fight. As a city, we encourage all other metros, being the growth engines of our country, to join us and to actively participate in constructive responses to mitigate the impact of the electricity supply shortage in the commercial sector especially.

“We simply cannot afford the devastation that load-shedding has had on our economy as a city and as a country,” says Maxiti.

He added that it is vital to future-proof the City to ensure that security of supply, and cleaner supply at that is enhanced.

The City, therefore, wants a Section 34 determination in accordance with the New Generation Capacity Regulations in the Electricity Regulation Act to allow them to procure 150MW of solar energy and 280MW of wind energy from IPPs.

“If successful in our court challenge, the City would opt for a public tender and solicit proposals from IPPs.

“The price of power generated from IPPs would differ based on technology. It is foreseen that the City would then periodically advise on new tenders with new prices for power to be purchased, based on prevailing and predicted market trends.

For the sake of our country’s economy, the entire electricity regime urgently needs to be restructured. The City is ready to be part of that change and move towards a low carbon, diversified and decentralised energy system,” says Maxiti.

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