Energy Efficiency

The power and energy market recognises that climate change is real and among the mitigations against this climate crisis to lowering the global carbon footprint is through energy efficiency. Research and development studies indicate that the building sector, through the adoption of smart buildings, has the most potential to reduce energy use. Carbon pricing coupled with the reduction in use of fossil-fuel are central to attaining energy efficiency. Energy efficiency offers the cleanest resource for clean energy transition while addressing climate change effects understood in the Paris Agreement. In order to realise energy transition, government entities are advised to put measures in place in a form of regulation and standards, these include; net-zero carbon economy, incentivising electric vehicles which will lead to increase in charging stations, replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs.

Eskom awards low flow showerhead contract

[img:Showerhead_0.jpg| ]11 January 2012 - “Magnet, in partnership with Energywise, has been contracted by Eskom to distribute and install new energy saving showerheads to organisations with multiple shower facilities, at no cost to approved applicants,” managing director of Magnet, Brian Howarth, says.

“This energy saving programme, which is aimed at organisations through South Africa in sectors that include mining, industry, government, educational, corporate and commercial sectors, is expected to save 330 gigawatt-hours of energy over three years. This is energy equivalent to that of lighting up to 12,500 km of road and water savings equivalent to filling up 160 home swimming pools every day.

Ammonia heat pump for SA chicken plant

[img:Rainbow1_0.jpg|The existing condensers
above the refrigeration
room condense the
ammonia before it flows
to the liquid receiver
]9 January 2012 - An energy efficient hot water project has been completed at Rainbow’s chicken processing plant in Hammarsdale, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

“The installation of an ammonia heat pump, the first of its kind in South Africa, has significantly improved the efficiency of the hot water system at the plant and as a result, has reduced steam consumption,” says Brian Howarth, managing director of Magnet, a company that implements and supports electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation throughout Southern Africa to ensure optimum energy efficiency.

ABB win R72 million power systems order in Mozambique

[img:ABB_0.gif| ]Zurich, Switzerland --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 13 December 2011 - Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from JSPL Mozambique Minerais LDA ‒ a subsidiary of Jindal Steel and Power Limited ‒ for a 220/33 kV turnkey substation to electrify the open cast coil mine project  at its mining concession near the Chirodzi village in the Tete Province of Mozambique.

Millions needed to repair part of Nigerian power grid

[img:Panels%20-%20Pic%201%20(2)_0.gif|Nigerian pre-paid electricity
meters ‒ application of the
system needs another US$75
million
]Lagos, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 December 2011 - Chris Akamnonu, CEO of the Ikeja PHCN distribution zone in Nigeria has revealed that that 25% of installed facilities in his area are faulty, and says the zone requires over US$5 million to replace about 14 faulty panels in the zone.

Lack of rain hinders Angolan hydropower

[img:Capanda_1a_0.jpeg|The Capanda dam
in better days
]Malanje City, Angola --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 December 2011 -  The head of maintenance of the Capanda Dam in Angola, Moisés Jaime, says that scarcity of rain in the region has been hindering the normal functioning of the hydroelectric project's reservoir.

Speaking to the press, Jaime disclosed that in normal conditions by this time of the year, the water should be at an approximate level of 940m, which corresponded to 400cu m per second. He explained, however, that due to lack of rain the waters had only reached 929.91m, which had caused a reduction in the production of electric power by the Capanda Dam.

Eskom reveals 600MW power shortage

[img:Duvha%20eq_0.jpg|Eskom's Duvha
power station unit 4,
after the incident
]Pretoria, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 28 November 2011 - Workers who deviated from the rules earlier this year knocked unit four at Eskom’s Duvha power station ‒ which meant 600MW of critical generation capacity ‒ out of the generation system.

South Africa’s national power utility has disclosed the findings of a comprehensive investigation into an event that on February 9 resulted in massive damage to the steam turbine, electricity generator and components supporting the unit at Duvha. Sake24 reports that the loss of 600MW could topple the balance of South Africa's extremely fragile electricity supply, again causing power cuts to ravage the country, particularly over the coming three months.

Armed troops take over Nigerian power stations

[img:Soldiers%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|One of Nigeria’s
packed churches ‒
they now have army
protection against
terrorists
]Lagos, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 15 November 2011 - Armed soldiers have taken over most of Nigeria’s power stations, including the Egbin power station, as workers at the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) threatened to withdraw their services.

Cahora Bassa power expansion reduces carbon emissions

[img:Cahora_0.jpg|Cahora Bassa ‒
its power grid is clean
]Maputo, Mozambique --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 28 October 2011 - The expansion of the national electricity grid, based on the Cahora Bassa dam, across most of Mozambique has greatly reduced the level of carbon dioxide emissions from the country’s electricity sector.

Making this statement at a seminar here, Telma Manjate ‒ key expert on climate change in the Environment Ministry ‒ said that electricity was the only sector of the Mozambican economy that had managed to reduce its carbon emissions since 1990.

Demonstration for safety in mining

[img:NUM_0.jpg|The NUM ‒ airs
grievances on safety
in mining
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 05 October 2011 - Eskom officials were included with representatives of the Chamber of Mines and the departments of Labour and Mineral Resources, when about 3 500 mineworkers submitted a memorandum of grievances on health and safety in the mining industry.

Chile struck by massive power blackout

Blackout
 
Santiago, Chile --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 26 September 2011 - A massive power blackout darkened vast swaths of Chile, including the capital city, over the weekend, and also paralysed crucial copper mines in the country before energy started to be restored.

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