The City of Cape Town wants provisions to allow electricity to be purchased directly by municipalities from Independent Power Producers (IPP).
The City has taken Energy minister Jeff Radebe and the energy regulator to the High Court in Pretoria to challenge the status quo that allows municipalities to purchase from IPPs only if they have ministerial approval.
The Cape Town Metro has instructed its lawyers to treat this matter as an urgent one.
Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Energy and Climate in the City of Cape Town Phindile Maxiti says the City has been waiting since 2017 for the court to grant it a hearing.
After load shedding, one can see the importance of being allowed to procure from the IPPs as we cannot allow a situation where economic growth will be affected.— Phindile Maxiti, MMC - Energy and Climate for City of Cape Town
We would be like to be given the opportunity to purchase from these IPPs.— Phindile Maxiti, MMC - Energy and Climate for City of Cape Town
He adds that it has always been its plan to purchase electricity from independent producers even before load shedding.
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