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City of CT, Energy Minister to face off over renewable energy

Mayor Patricia de Lille said the national government was blocking the city from reaching its goal of sourcing 20% of its energy needs from renewables by 2020.

FILE: Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi visits the Korean exhibition stand while attending the AtomExpo nuclear conference in Moscow, Russia. Picture: @Energy_ZA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – A legal battle is brewing between the City of Cape Town and Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi over renewable energy.

The city council on Thursday filed a court application to allow it to buy clean energy directly from independent power producers despite the minister having put a hold on new determinations.

Addressing a full council meeting yesterday, Mayor Patricia de Lille said that the national government was blocking the city from reaching its goal of sourcing 20% of its energy needs from renewables by 2020.

Labelling Eskom corrupt and warning of further price hikes, De Lille said she had confidence in the city's legal challenge which could pave the way for other councils to do the same.

“We need to diversify this mix of energy because what we’re going to see in the next decade, you are going to see Eskom increasing the prices so that they can steal more of our money.”

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