Peter Schilder, Group Technical Manager of Netcare, explains that ERO managed the company’s DSM programme, which was previously co-funded by Eskom, resulting in tangible energy cost savings. “DSM makes good business sense,” explains Schilder, whose company started their DSM programme long before the tangible effects of load-shedding were felt. “Netcare is implementing this program in three phases, coinciding with three regions that our hospitals are grouped in”. With ERO’s assistance, the retrofitting of 17 hospitals was investigated in terms of efficiency and cost. The first region is now complete, with all light globes replaced with CFL’s and heat pumps installed to heat the water used in the establishments.” He adds that ERO’s experience was pivotal to the project’s success as the rigorous selection process Eskom employed in selecting which projects to finance often saw prospective initiatives turned down. “With ERO’s expertise, we were able to quickly deploy the upgrade,” he concludes. Wayne Calder, Facility and Properties Manager Southern Suns, was also introduced to successful DSM by ERO, who provided full feasibility audits of all of the group’s properties.
This audit resulted in the proposal being accepted by Eskom. Despite Eskom’s cessation of the DSM programme, Southern Sun has resolved to continue with their initiative, which will include an aggressive training programme. “I found ERO very approachable, and their service personalised and thorough,” commented Calder.
Effective Demand Side Management of electricity helps reduce environmental damage as using electricity effectively means that less electricity has to be generated. In turn, using less electricity results in:
- A more reliable supply
- Preserving non-renewable resources
- Reducing emissions and saving water at power stations