Johannesburg - The City of Cape Town said on Tuesday it was asking the North Gauteng High Court to treat a pending court matter between itself, the energy minister and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa regarding electricity procurement as urgent.
Cape Town wants itself and other municipalities across South Africa to purchase cleaner energy directly from independent power producers (IPPs).
The city said in a statement it was doing everything possible to move away from sole reliance on state-owned power utility Eskom for its energy needs while at the same time becoming more resilient and sustainable through the use of renewable energy and transitional fuels such as natural gas.
"It is vital that we future-proof our city to ensure that security of supply, and cleaner supply at that, is enhanced," it said.
"As a responsible local government that is increasingly becoming internationally recognised for our climate change programmes, we must move toward more sustainable, greener energy resources to meet our carbon-neutral commitments."