Have your say on loadshedding with Cape Town’s draft Energy Strategy

With less than two weeks left to comment, the City is encouraging all residents and interested parties to check out Cape Town’s draft Energy Strategy. Also read: South Africa wakes up to lower loadshedding stages to end the week The strategy shows how the City’s going to end loadshedding and make Cape Town stronger, and residents have until 31 July 2023... Read more → The post Have your say on loadshedding with Cape Town’s draft Energy Strategy appeared first on CapeTown ETC.

Have your say on loadshedding with Cape Town’s draft Energy Strategy

With less than two weeks left to comment, the City is encouraging all residents and interested parties to check out Cape Town’s draft Energy Strategy.


Also read: South Africa wakes up to lower loadshedding stages to end the week


The strategy shows how the City’s going to end loadshedding and make Cape Town stronger, and residents have until 31 July 2023 to comment. 

‘Our strategy builds on three commitments: to end loadshedding, alleviate energy poverty, and optimise energy use across Cape Town,’ explained the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy Councillor Beverley van Reenen. 

‘This will be backed by a future-fit municipal electricity service, proactive electricity infrastructure upgrades, and support for residents to seize opportunities in the changing energy market.’ 

‘The strategy is a roadmap showing how in this fast-changing energy environment, business, residents, investors and the City can work together to create a future-fit Cape Town, powered by a cleaner, more affordable energy mix, where we are all far less reliant on Eskom. There are only 12 days left to comment. Let’s make this a plan we can all get behind.’ 

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In order to permanently end loadshedding in the city, Cape Town plans to add up to one gigawatt of independent power supply, with the first 650MW of that coming online within the next five years and including enough capacity to guard against four Eskom loadshedding stages by 2026.  

The energy supply mix could include:

  •     Embedded IPP renewable energy (200MW) – with the goal to diversify electricity suppliers for more reliable, cost-effective electricity
  •       Dispatchable Energy (up to 500MW) – a key loadshedding mitigation mechanism, with 10-year power contracts for renewable energy plants which need not be grid-tied
  •       Wheeling (up to 350MW) – a City-enabled means of third parties selling electricity to each other using existing grid infrastructure
  •       Private Small Scale Embedded Generation (up to 100 MW) and small-scale electricity sales under the Cash for Power programme for residents and businesses with solar PV generation capacity
  •       City-owned SSEG (up to 20MW) from the Atlantis plant (7MW) and solar PV at City facilities (13MW)

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Cape Town’s SPCA vet shop robbed and ransacked during loadshedding

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