The City of Johannesburg will host its first-ever Energy Indaba at the Sandton Convention Center on Monday under the theme “Re-Imagining Energy”.
Energy and policy experts, academics and potential independent power producers will attend the two-day Indaba along with government officials.
The city hopes for cooperation independent power producers and small energy producers Alleviate rolling blackouts.
“One of the very important things is that the independent power generators that we want to engage hope that we can then break away from our dependency on Eskom to ensure we provide other sources of energy to our residents in the city of Johannesburg,” says Michael Sun, member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services.
Energy supplier Eskom has admitted it has not found solutions to some of the ongoing problems.
This comes after a damning report from the University of Johannesburg, which claimed that Eskom’s load reduction program was based on apartheid-era principles.
The University of Johannesburg report, entitled “Energy Racism,” also highlights “special pricing agreements” that Eskom has signed with mining companies Anglo and South32.
These agreements allow Eskom to sell electricity to two of Africa’s largest mining companies at much lower prices.
According to Eskom, due to the ongoing shortage of generation capacity, the Stage 2 blackouts will be implemented from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the week.
The utility says there may also be instances where power outages need to be implemented outside of these times.
Eskom is calling on all South Africans to help limit the impact of power outages by reducing electricity consumption and turning off all non-essential appliances.
City of Johannesburg hosts first Energy Indaba on Monday – SABC News
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