Electricity
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:52

Lighting for a greener earth

South Africa’s economic growth increasingly drives mass electrification programmes to power rural areas, which has an effect on the increasing demand for electricity.

Website: The fact that power outages are of major concern in South Africa, which means that certain electrical design considerations need to be put in place to help minimise the risks posed by such outages.

Website: Efficient systems to track voltage, amperage and temperature variances.

Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:50

Product impact disclosure through eco-mark

Website: Schneider Electric’s Green Premium exposes the environmental impact of its products.

Friday, 23 November 2012 08:17

Consumer education and energy usage

Energy utilities need to build support and customer engagement with regard to smart-meter and smart-grid systems. It is important to trace where consumers go to gather topic-specific information. Another important aspect is to look at consumer behaviour and influences in terms of smart metering and grids. Is it about gaining control of costs or is it focused on green energy?

Thursday, 22 November 2012 12:39

Eskom seeks 16% power tariff increase

On 22 October South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, asked the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a 16% increase in electricity prices each year for the next five years. 25 Degrees in Africa looks at the implications.

Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech earlier this year emphasized that South Africa should move towards a low-carbon economy. The WWF looked at the budget and is excited about the new green prospects of growth that was included in the speech.

New opportunities for the private sector to invest in the South African energy industry are emerging from the growing demand for electricity, driven by the funding limitations and time constraints on Eskom.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

LED street lights lend radiance to city streets

City dwellers will notice the brand new glow engulfing the streets around the Durban ICC. Philips recently collaborated with various other local authorities to install state-of-the-art energy-saving LED street lights in six streets around the conference centre.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 10:04

Keeping the lights on: a daunting task for Eskom

Written by Nichelle Lemmer

It seems that for Eskom to empower South Africans with electricity is an intricate act of balance between generation capacity, maintenance and peak-hour demands. The pressure to keep the lights on is mounting as cut-throat decisions have to be made on a daily basis when power reserves run low.

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