Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 22 February 2012 – Energy efficiency is South Africa’s best short-term hope to meet future electricity demand in the face of ongoing tight supply, says energy minister Dipuo Peters.
Making this point in an address to an energy indaba here, Peters said that in view of serious capacity limitations infrastructure development was a lengthy process, and could not be seen as an interim measure to solve the energy crisis.
She pointed out that future focus would be on the encouragement of an energy efficiency ethos at municipal level. “Energy efficiency is our best hope in the short term of balancing electricity supply and demand,” she added.
“It is a fact that it also results in the reduction of municipal revenues, and we would be doing a disservice if we did not confront this issue,” Peters insisted. “To this end the government sought to put in place a reward approach for efficient energy practices to compensate for revenue loss.”
She pointed out that without this instrument being offered to municipalities, they would be inclined to resist energy efficiency.
Looking forward, the minister said that metros needed to get old power stations up and running again. “Functional power stations represent opportunities to increase revenue,” she added.