JOHANNESBURG | While the country grapples with yet another round of inconvenient load shedding, City Power stated that its first objective was to guarantee that Johannesburg inhabitants have access to clean, long-term energy.
The utility introduced its new energy strategy on Monday just hours after Eskom revealed that the country would be hit with stage 2 blackouts until at least Saturday.
City Power receives 90% of its electricity from Eskom and 10% from the Kelvin power station, an independent power generator, according to the company.
Mpho Moerane, the Mayor of Johannesburg, has assured people that a sustainable energy mix strategy will be put in place.
He stressed that the strategy being announced was not a one-time endeavour, but rather a long-term plan that was in line with Joburg’s growth and development goal.
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City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said that the new strategy would see an extra 500MW capacity of alternative energy added in the city using gas and solar sources
“We believe that the new capacity, including the 220 megawatts for the new Kelvin power agreement, is much needed as it comes at a time when the city is exploring the takeover of Eskom supply areas in Johannesburg, Sandton and Soweto. It’s a 15-year strategy that will see utility transitioning from an electricity distribution company to an energy service provider,” said Mangena.