Energy analyst, Chris Yelland, has called on the national government to immediately fast-track the procurement of electricity from private entities to address the crippling power cuts.
He says the commitment made by President Cyril Ramaphosa almost three years ago, to procure electricity through the emergency IPP programs has, to date, not delivered any real results.
Yelland says this additional electricity should come from both the private and public sectors.
He says South Africa needs to unlock the power of electricity users to become electricity producers to address the current energy shortage.
Yelland says if businesses, municipalities, mining companies, and private residents are allowed to generate their own electricity, the national grid would operate under a lot less pressure.
He says working with private electricity generators would see the country’s electricity challenges alleviated in at least the next two to 3 years.
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- Cape Town electricity tariffs 9.5% more expensive from today, 1 July.
- Majority of Eskom employees back at work which would hopefully see power stations going into full operation again.
- Stage 6 loadshedding warning: Here is what it means for City customers.
Stage 6 loadsheeding is 6000 MW shed, so this evening, with 6609 MW being shed at 18h16, Eskom went well past Stage 6 towards Stage 7 (7000 MW) load shedding. https://t.co/la7IjO30Co
— Chris Yelland (@chrisyelland) June 30, 2022