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Africa’s first open market for demand response resources

Johannesburg, South Africa and Norcross, U.S.A. — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 03 January 2012 – South African national power utility Eskom Holdings has selected intelligent energy management solutions provider Comverge to manage its complex supply and demand challenges by creating and co-managing Africa’s first open market for demand response resources.

Under the terms of the approximately US$27 million agreement, Comverge will deploy the IntelliSOURCE 2.0 platform for Eskom to register, dispatch and operate a new competitive demand response market in South Africa for an initial 500MW of demand response resources. In addition, the agreement calls for Comverge to provide at least 100MW directly as one of the new curtailment service providers (CSPs) serving this newly established market.

“We are excited to launch the Eskom Demand Response Aggregation Pilot Programme (DRAPP) to leverage the power of demand response to help ensure greater grid reliability across South Africa,” said Andrew Etzinger, senior general manager Integrated Demand Side Management at Eskom. “With Comverge, we will deliver a comprehensive and very successful programme to benefit local companies and help us optimise energy usage.”

The new competitive market for demand response resources should also foster new demand response companies within South Africa.

The terms of the contract are for a pilot programme scheduled to run through 31 March, 2013. To support the project, Comverge will open a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Eskom, headquartered in Johannesburg, generates, transmits and distributes approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa.