In the past, municipalities were forced to buy all of their electricity from Eskom.
The new regulations demand that municipalities comply with various requirements, including that they must submit feasibility studies about the projects.
Only municipalities that are in “good financial standing” will be allowed to buy or generate their own electricity. This will be the vast minority of local municipalities - only 8% of municipalities received a clean audit in the past year.
But among those were the cities of Cape Town and Ekurhuleni, and both have big plans for procuring their own electricity.
The City of Ekurhuleni previously installed its own generation plants, including a landfill gas project and several rooftop PV plants. It is planning to produce its own electricity at scale, as well as procuring some 680MW generated from the various [renewable energy] sources, mainly solar, [waste to electricity], the municipality previously told Business Insider.
The City of Cape Town has been putting pressure on government to allow municipalities freedom to plan their own energy systems for some time, resorting to the courts in an attempt to procure electricity from independent power producers.
With the above I wonder if CoCT will still continue with their ConCourt case to ensure Gov does not change the goalpost back again …