Municipalities get green light to develop power projects
Amendments offer a lifeline to councils, which rely on income from providing utilities
Municipalities are now able to sidestep Eskom in favour of cheaper and greener power solutions after amendments to electricity regulations that support the president’s promise to urgently reform SA’s energy sector.
The amended regulations on new generation capacity, as gazetted by mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe last week, enable SA municipalities in good standing to develop their own power generation projects. This gives effect to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment in February’s state of the nation address, the department said.