Exciting times lie ahead for the City of Johannesburg, after the current Mayor Mpho Phalatse confirmed on Wednesday that the metro’s government will now forge ahead with plans to ditch Eskom ‘for good’. It’s hoped that the move will ‘significantly reduce’ load shedding.
Johannesburg and Eskom ‘cutting the cord’
Back in April, CoJ officials laid the groundwork for a ‘divorce’ from Eskom. Now, just over half-a-year later, the wheels are well and truly turning. Joburg will now source large portions of power from alternative sources, including solar and gas providers.
City Power revealed this week that they’re losing R300 million PER DAY to rolling blackouts. They also stated that over 2 000 individual power cuts were reported over the weekend. As far as the regional utility is concerned, things cannot carry on the way they are.
What is in Johannesburg’s new power deal?
In a statement issued earlier today, the City of Johannesburg confirmed that a Short-Term Power Purchase Agreement had been hammered out. This means they will be able to add non-Eskom sources of power to their grid, for a fixed term of 36 months / three years.
“The Johannesburg multi-party government and City Power are proud to announce that the electricity provider has secured excess energy from alternative sources [to Eskom] through Short-Term Power Purchase Agreements. This will be in place for 36 months.”
“By going out into the market now, City Power seeks to secure extra capacity from diversified energy sources, including solar power and battery storage. This is a positive step towards mitigating and eventually ending the rolling blackouts.” | Mpho Phalatse
City Power berate Eskom for ‘lack of viability’
Tshifularo Mashava is the CEO of City Power. She has also stuck the boot in on Eskom, saying that the firm knows it is no longer able to supply Johannesburg with the electricity it needs. Over the next few years, it’s hoped that energy outages will drop dramatically.
“The traditional model of securing the bulk of our power from Eskom is no longer viable. In fact, Eskom itself has conceded this as fact. Therefore, we have developed a sustainable strategy that includes procuring power from alternative sources.” | Tshifularo Mashava