Featured Post

Ancient Teachings

Genesis 1, 28 says that we should "go forth and multiply, and replenish the earth." Not all Bibles have this "replenish the e...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

City's Golden Goose Eggs Running Out. David Lipschitz Letter to the Cape Times published Wed, 3 Aug 2016

THE article refers: "De Lille talks tough on renewable energy" (http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/de-lille-talks-tough-on-renewable-energy-2051898).

The City of Cape Town has been buying renewable energy from the Darling Wind Farm IPP (Independent Power Producer) since 2008.

And the City has been selling REC's (Renewable Energy Certificates) to companies that want to "go green" for almost as long.

So why anyone needs to "take legal action" is beyond me.

Legislation created between 2005 and 2008 and the SABS NRS 097 standard just need to be adopted.

To supply the grid with renewable energy in Cape Town requires 15 laws and 10 standards to be followed, and three documents to be filled in.

In the USA there is one law, two standards and one document. In Germany there is only an inspection by a qualified inspector.

Eskom and the the City of Cape Town have gone out of their way to make it as difficult as possible for people to supply the electricity grid. And now that we are getting to the point where everyone, rich and poor, can make their own electricity, including using batteries cheaper than Eskom and the City can provide that electricity, they are suddenly realising that their golden goose's eggs are running out.

After about three years of trying to get a meeting, I finally had a meeting with Ian Nielsen, the City of Cape Town's finance manager, on December 3, 2013, where I discussed this problem and its associated opportunities.

I said that by 2017, people would be able to make electricity cheaper than they can buy it, including the use of batteries, and that people would then "defect" from the electricity grid.

I also said that private people and businesses want to work with the City to help the City become more efficient and to make the City a healthier place to live.

The City has ignored these requests.

This letter also appeared in The Argus today (Wed, 3 Aug 2016) under the heading "Electricity Grid Defections on the Cards".

No comments:

Post a Comment