Court dismisses coal truck drivers’ application to halt IPP electricity sales

Staff Writer | Mar 28, 2019
The Pretoria High Court dismissed the coal tansporters' application to halt the IPP agreements.

On Tuesday 26 March 2019  the Pretoria High Court dismissed an application by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) which attempted to halt Eskom’s plans to purchase more electricity from Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

The CTF claimed that Eskom could not conclude power purchase agreements without further consultation with NERSA and that all previous power purchase agreements which Eskom has already signed were invalid. 

The court found that the government had followed the correct procedures and there were no grounds on which to halt power purchase agreements.  

This application is the latest in a series of protests, demands and court actions taken by the CTF, over the last two years, in protest of Eskom’s plans to grow the renewable energies sector, which is primarily made up of IPPs. 

Whilst Eskom has won this battle, further diversification and expansion of its sources of electricity will require a large amount of political will, as exemplified by the long running campaign of the CTF to block IPPs. 

Long term stability of the electricity grid will only be possible when Eskom has the political backing to take tough long term decisions against the interests of entrenched economic lobby groups.  

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