After years of energy shortages, the City of Cape Town is moving ahead with the procurement of up to 700 megawatts of new generation capacity from independent power producers; and from 2023, Cape Town will start procuring utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) too.
South Africa is in need of increased accessibility to high-quality, sustainable, and low-cost electricity. The country has been plagued by frequent load-shedding due to aging electricity infrastructure poor performing national coal powered plants, with electricity availability factor (EAF) generally below 75% causing supply constraints. Eskom says there is currently a power shortage of nearly 14,000 megawatts due to unplanned maintenance and has regularly introduced stage two and up to stage six load-shedding.
The City of Cape Town is undertaking a variety of initiatives in the medium to long-term to support energy security for economic growth.
Join this webinar to hear firsthand how the City of Cape Town plans to improve security of supply and mitigate intensifying load-shedding through their energy procurement programs: