The City of Cape Town has welcomed the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) setting a date to hear its petition to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). The city wants the Energy Minister and the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) to allow it to purchase power from IPPs.

Under the current regime, the national power utility Eskom buys power from IPPs which is then sold on.

The city argues it would help reduce green house gas emissions and mitigate against the electricity supply shortage given Eskom's operational and financial woes, notes a report on the IoL site.

The city maintains that it will be vital for the national government to open up the electricity generation environment if cities are to be able to reduce carbon emissions and if the security of power supply is to be achieved,’ the metro said in a statement.

If successful, it would set a precedent for other metros who want to do the same.

The matter will be heard on 18 June.

Full report on the IoL site