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