City of CT files application to use independent power producers

The council wants the court to declare it is not necessary for an independent producer to obtain a ministerial determination to produce and sell electricity to the city.

The City of Cape Town. Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has filed a High Court application in Gauteng against Energy Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi to allow the city to buy from independent power producers.

Kubayi recently put on hold all new determinations.

The council wants the court to declare it is not necessary for an independent producer to obtain a ministerial determination to produce and sell electricity to the city.

As part of its climate change strategy, the city wants to source at least 20% of its energy needs from renewables by 2020.

But Mayor Patricia de Lille told a full council meeting on Thursday that national government is blocking the city from achieving this goal.

She said the Energy Minister and the National Energy Regulator would be served on Thursday.

“We will save a lot of money that is going into an Eskom that is corrupt and has a got the monopoly on selling electricity.”

De Lille says she's confident of success in her legal challenge, paving the way for other cities to do the same.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)