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Govt to buy green power

Feb 10 2011 20:20 I-Net Bridge

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Cape Town - This year government will start procuring power from renewable energy power producers, which, President Jacob Zuma said, demonstrated government's commitment to renewable energy.

In his State of the Nation address on Thursday, the President said that government's infrastructure development programme had enabled government to expand access to basic services and to improve quality of life. This included projects for the provision of water, electricity and housing.

"Energy security is critical for economic development and job creation. To ensure the security of electricity supply for the country, Eskom has invested more than R75bn, mainly on the new stations Medupi, Kusile and Ingula, as well as the return to service and transmission of other projects," the president said.

"We must all save energy so that we do not have to resort to load shedding again as a saving measure," he added.

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