DA wants Eskom to open the grid to independent power producers

DA wants Eskom to open the grid to independent power producers

- The Democratic Alliance wants Eskom to allow independent power producers to help supply SA with electricity

- The party has slammed the government's failure to deal with South Africa's current electricity problems

- This comes as Eskom has warned that Stage 2 load-shedding can be expected over the weekend of 7 and 8 December

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Eskom's load-shedding is promising to leave South Africans in the dark over the festive season and citizens are not pleased.

The power utility had promised to keep load-shedding to a minimum but has not kept its word.

The Democratic Alliance has spoken up, showing disapproval of the government's failure to deal with the issue.

The party has also shared its opinions and ideas on how to deal with the power crisis that's got SA in its dark grip.

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The South African reports that Kevin Mileham, DA’s Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources said:

"Among the primary causes of Eskom’s problems is the fact that not a single generation unit at Khusile, which has taken 8 years to build and cost approximately R200 billion, is operational."

The DA has written to Minister Gwede Mantashe and asked that urgent action be taken. The party suggested that Eskom open the grid to independent power producers.

"The Minister missed an opportunity when the Integrated Resource Plan was finally adopted earlier this year to announce the easing of licensing requirements for entities generating less than 10MW, to give the required Section 34 determinations to the 17 applications that wanted to be permitted to purchase directly from IPPs, and to ease the regulation of residential small scale embedded generation."

Only time will tell if the DA's suggestions will be taken seriously.

Briefly.co.za informed readers earlier that Eskom has issued a warning of Stage 2 load-shedding over the weekend (7 and 8 December).

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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