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City calls on businesses and households to work with us to become energy secure<p>​It gives me great pleasure to address you all this evening on an extremely important area of concern for our city and our country.<br> <br>Last year was a particularly trying time for the country with regards to energy where we were subjected to many periods of job-killing load shedding. <br> <br>If we want to continue on the upward trajectory of economic growth and job creation in Cape Town, we need to act now to make our city and province energy secure. <br> <br>The City of Cape Town is working very hard to look at alternative ways of procuring energy because we have realised that we cannot leave the future of energy security in the hands of Eskom.<br> <br>We must take our destiny into our own hands and work with our partners if we want to continue achieving progress for Cape Town and the Western Cape. <br> <br> <br>In the City of Cape Town, we have re-evaluated our role in terms of energy supply. <br> <br>We no longer want to merely be distributors of electricity but want to become energy creators as well. <br> <br>The City of Cape Town has taken a strategic decision to relook at our approach to energy and the very business model underpinning our electricity department. <br> <br>We have started work on a number of projects where we are creating a new model for energy generation and distribution. <br> <br>We are using our Steenbras Dam to effectively avoid stage 1 load shedding as well as the implementation of low curtailment schemes in some our industrial areas where companies have been able to instantaneously reduce their energy usage thereby avoiding a total shut down.<br> <br>We are also the first city in South Africa with a feed-in tariff for households who are generating their own electricity through photovoltaic (PV) panels and want to feed excess electricity into the City’s grid.<br> <br>This allows household and businesses to play a part in providing the solutions to our energy shortfalls while building local resilience for the future. <br> <br>We have signed small-scale embedded electricity generation contracts with Black River Park Investments and 17 other major commercial industrial customers who are able to feed electricity into the City’s grid. <br> <br>We have also signed contracts with 43 residential customers who are able to feed into the City’s grid in a legal and responsible manner.<br> <br>We are also leading by example in our own operations by retrofitting the lights in our buildings, as well as our traffic and street lights.<br> <br>All 1 500 traffic lights now have efficient LED light bulbs and more than 25 000 street lights have been retrofitted. <br> <br>These initiatives, conducted progressively over the past six financial years, have saved over 70,000 Megawatt hours, which translates into savings of over R100 million.<br> <br>The lighting retrofitting of the Civic Centre is currently underway where around 20,000 light fittings are being upgraded to LED technology, with occupancy sensors linked to timers and daylight harvesting. <br> <br>The payback period is less than three years, and the electricity demand saving of 1.2 Megawatts will save an additional R6 million in the first year, and more than R36 million over the next five years. <br> <br>Another vital component of our energy security programme has been the installation of more than 45,000 solar water heaters on roofs across Cape Town.<br> <br>The solar water heater programme has so far added R774 million into the economy and in this last year alone has saved almost 120,000 MWh of electricity, resulting in savings of over R256 million to residents. <br> <br>We are also engaging National Government on building our own renewable energy plants, purchasing directly from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), and bringing natural gas to the Western Cape.<br> <br>We have set ourselves a target of sourcing 10 to 20% of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.<br> <br>We strongly feel that it is imperative for metros like us to be able to take greater control of our energy future and not to be subjected to the vagaries of the national energy department.<br> <br>National government must change the funding model for local governments as we have seen negative growth in the past four years in electricity revenue which has a negative impact on the income for the city. <br> <br>We know that the future lies not in wanting to sell electricity but accepting that as a city we must reduce our own dependence on electricity sales.<br> <br>Those days are over. The future is renewable energy, not nuclear.<br> <br>I therefore implore business and the green sector to work with the City and province to make sure we bring about an efficient energy system and a future that is energy secure.<br> <br>We are ready to take this city to the next level and see these programmes being implemented across the province so that we can save the Western Cape. <br> <br>The City of Cape Town is absolutely committed to bringing about sustainable energy security.<br> <br>Let us continue to make progress possible together.<br>Maak vooruitgang moontlik. Tesame<br>Senza inkqubela yenzeke. Sisonke<br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2016-03-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|Statements;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7;L0|#0dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7|energy;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#57da5088-90e9-40b9-b655-f577d5b18ab4;L0|#057da5088-90e9-40b9-b655-f577d5b18ab4|power saving;GP0|#293bbe86-4576-4853-9556-ae7b826f5bbb;L0|#0293bbe86-4576-4853-9556-ae7b826f5bbb|energy security1

 

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