Energy Resources

Cape Town uses very little renewable energy. There is only one wind farm that is located near the city, while hydro-electric power is only used to manage the province’s peak demand. Very little of the city’s energy is produced within the city. Cape Town’s distribution of energy is split between the city (75%) and Eskom (an energy company). Eskom mostly supplies energy to low income households, however, this leaves Cape Town (unlike many other cities) with very little independence for electrical supply.

Below is a pie chart demonstrating the main areas of energy resources. Electricity is clearly the dominant resource for energy in Cape Town, followed closely by petrol and diesel.

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Figure 1: Energy consumption by energy source. [Available From: http://www.worldenergy.org/documents/annex_1_cape_town_1.pdf] 

In 2006 the city developed an Energy and Climate Change Strategy to help reduce their unsustainable methods. In 2008 the added a new energy focus with ‘Energy for a Sustainable City’. This new strategy integrates sustainable energy into the core functions of the City and promotes greenhouse gas measurement and preparation for climate changes.

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