Cape Town sets power saving target
Cape Town - Western Cape
municipalities have agreed on an electricity saving plan that will
"almost" eliminate the need for power cuts, Premier Ebrahim
Rasool said on Friday.
Delivering his state of the province address,
he said the agreement was reached at a meeting of mayors, the provincial
government, Eskom and the Energy Risk Management Committee earlier
The savings target had been set at 500 megawatts.
All municipalities would convene special council
meetings in the next two weeks to decide how they would help meet
Rasool said the planned distribution of two million
compact fluorescent lights would save 63MW.
Geyser management such as ripple control would
save another 101MW.
Other major savings would come from retrofitting
of buildings, the installation of solar geysers, and what he called
"consumer energy savings interventions".
This would be accompanied by promoting awareness
throughout the province on energy savings, as well as well as advance
information on power cuts.
Rasool said the province was aggressively promoting
the use of renewable energy.
It was drafting a sustainable energy act with
the financial support of the British High Commission, and fitting
provincial government buildings with solar water heaters and solar
"As citizens of the Western Cape, we need
to translate our actions now into a long-term lifestyle and behavioural
"We are poised to truly build an energy efficient
economy in the Western Cape," he said.
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