Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis will be outlining plans to buy private power in a bid to end the ongoing blackouts. The extensive planning sessions are between the city, the private commercial consumers and the NGO green company GreenCape.
This comes at the start of the month where Hill-Lewis proposed a 10-point plan to end load-shedding that may resolve not only Cape Town but South Africa’s energy crisis. In his 10-point plan list, Hill-Lewis indicated there should be more private power producers working without any delays. That blackouts are a social-economic crisis that President Cyril Ramaphosa should put to an end.
Here are a few points from the plan:
- Implement an income tax write-off for capital investment into small-scale generation and battery storage projects.
- Convert Eskom’s Ankerlig plant in Atlantis, Cape Town to natural gas and run the plant on a mid-merit basis with dynamic output adjusted.
- Remove the substantial red tape on the establishment of natural gas imports and transport in the Western Cape that may unlock the use of natural gas-powered turbines.
- Immediately establish a Power Crisis Unit in National Treasury with representation from municipalities and technical experts as well as the Finance Minister with the mandate of expediting all interventions that could end the power crisis.
According to Hill-Lewis all companies may have to register to qualify and once all has been implemented the city may have to roll out a commercial program which may be announced soon, as per SABC News.