President of South African Local Government Association (Salga), Parks Tau speaks to CapeTalk's/702's Ray White about the energy value chain and the role played by local government.
Tau is advocating for regulatory changes which will allow power producers and consumers to work together to generate their own energy and at the same time be able to supply to the grid.
What we are arguing for as local government, is that we also want a decentralised system, we also want to enter into direct relationships as government with independent power producers. This would mitigate a number of issues that have been presented to government, that haven't been approved.— Parks Tau, Salga president
Tau says Salga wants to engage with the new minister of energy about the role of independent power producers because they are able to provide cleaner and cheaper energy.
We are quite excited about that because we will be able to promote this sort of technology in our municipalities and create a much more dynamic relationships between our residents and our municipalities.— Parks Tau, Salga president
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Local government's energy future a hot debate at Salga Energy Indaba