Savings From South Africa's Business Energy Saving Programmes

ESKOM, the South African utility company, is delighted with the results so far from their energy saving programmes.

South Africa’s Independent Online reports that a total of 46 businesses had committed to saving electricity, and so far they have achieved average demand savings of 261 megawatts (MW) during evening peak periods.

Andrew Etzinger, Eskom spokesman, is reported in the Independent Online as saying the eight parastatals, state owned organisations, which are part of the Department of Public Enterprises, along with big corporations had committed to material energy savings.

“For instance, the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) has realised a total saving of R500,000 ($59,400) a month since it started implementing its energy efficiency solutions,” Etzinger said.

“As part of the comprehensive process the public broadcaster introduced new technology systems which reduced energy consumption on air conditioning by up to 30 percent, while national retailer Pick n Pay is making a saving of 568 megawatt-hours (MWh) a month since introducing alternative energy efficient lighting solutions to 97 stores.”

The paper also reports that these energy savings had seen companies save as much as R1.5 million ($178,195) a year.

Eskom also has other energy saving incentive programmes for businesses, their Integrated Demand Management Business Unit has implemented a number of alternative incentive programmes rewarding financially companies based on their energy savings.

Picture Union Buildings, Pretoria by Georgio [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday 14th June 2012

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