With a new project, CoCT wants residents to reduce their electricity consumption and will pay for it

Metro will now launch a third-party tender to incentivize households and commercial entities to reduce electricity consumption by 60 megawatts on the local grid.

CAPE TOWN – In a project similar to that in the UK, the city of Cape Town now wants residents to reduce their electricity consumption, amid Eskom power cuts.

But the demand to the inhabitants will not go without some compensation.

Cape Town officials want to turn residents and businesses into so-called “Power Heroes”.

Metro will now launch a third-party tender to incentivize households and commercial entities to reduce electricity consumption by 60 megawatts on the local grid.

This is similar to a program currently being rolled out in the UK.

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says Eskom’s electricity crisis is ongoing and a combination of interventions will be essential over the next decade.

“We have released these relevant tender documents. The project will see some residents and businesses volunteer to allow the city to change their most energy-intensive appliances such as geysers for example, particularly during high phases of load shedding so that there is more power available in the grid for users,” Hill-Lewis said.

It’s all part of the mayor’s pledge to make Cape Town the first South African city to end blackouts.

“Residents who agree to do so will be compensated. The first phase of this project will test the concept by targeting a total of 60 megawatts of load. The city will contract with the bulk provider who will recruit residents for this program.”

If this new project works, Cape Town could avoid further stages of power cuts.

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