The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the long overdue undertaking by President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow municipalities to source energy directly from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), as announced during his State of the Nation Address last night.
We also welcome the announcement that NERSA will continue registering small scale distributed generation for own use of under 1 MW, for which no licence is required; as well as ensure that all applications by commercial and industrial users to produce electricity for own use above 1MW are processed within 120 days.
Deidre Baartman, MPP says: “I welcome this announcement which will reduce the sole reliance on Eskom for energy needs while, at the same time, provide for a more resilient and sustainable energy grid through the use of cleaner energy, such as solar and wind. I will be monitoring this commitment closely. Over 80% of all Western Cape municipalities have already passed legislation to source energy independently. I am glad that the President has heeded our call”.
We request importation of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) through Saldana Bay port and conversion of all Eskom Diesel power stations from Diesel to LNG. In the Western Cape, converting Ankerlig station could save a total of $16.4 billion over the 2024 – 2050 forecast period according to the recently released Feasibility Study for the Western Cape Integrated Liquefied Natural Gas Importation and Gas-to-Power Project.
MPP Baartman adds: “All financially sustainable municipalities who applied for s34 determinations should receive approval to procure energy directly, bid window 5 for IPPs must opened as a matter of urgency and support wheeling frameworks in order to allow residents to sell their excess energy to larger consumers.”
The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape remains committed to ensuring energy security and sustainability in our province and protect our provincial economy from the scourge of load shedding.