A total of 2 500MW of privately owned coal-fired electricity – the amount of power allocated within government’s independent power producers (IPPs) plan – could be under threat of widespread public resistance via environmental justice organisations that are opposed to coal-fired power because of its detrimental impact on the environment and human health.
To date, groundWork (gW) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA) – together with community partners in the Vaal, Mpumalanga Highveld, and KwaZulu-Natal – have launched a legal challenge against three proposed new coal-fired power stations proposed under the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (CBLIPPPP).
These are the 1 200MW Thabametsi power station (near Lephalale in Limpopo), the 600MW KiPower power station (near Delmas in Mpumalanga) and the 1 050MW Colenso power station (near Colenso in KwaZulu-Natal).
gW and ELA, together with their community partners, argue that there should be no new investment in coal power and that resources should be redirected to renewable energy.
Source: Mining Review