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Department of Energy plans new mandatory energy regulations

The Department Of Energy (DOE) is currently developing an Energy Efficient Monitoring System (EEMS) to track the efficient consumption of energy within South Africa and the trends involved. The DOE will need reliable data from all legal entities operating in the most intensive sectors of our economy and they have set certain thresholds, that if exceeded will require certain steps to be taken.


  • The Department of Energy aims to implement new mandatory energy regulations for companies using more than 180 TJ of energy from all sources during a calendar year.
  • The regulations include compulsory registration for companies exceeding the threshold and strict annual energy usage reporting.
  • The required energy reporting includes certified data all forms of energy; in order to calculate your own energy usage use our Terajoule Converter.


  • Including the requirements for the 180 terajoule threshold, companies using 400 terajoules or more per annum will be required to submit a detailed energy management plan.
  • The energy management plan must include an energy baseline determined in accordance with SANS 50001, as well as areas of energy efficiency savings potential and energy performance indicators. Additionally, it will be required to submit a list of technically and financially viable measures that can be put in place to meet the savings potential

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The EEMS will only deliver results on a purely aggregate level, but the specific information of big energy users is paramount to give the most accurate reports on the efficient use of energy. Having accurate readings on business’ day to day operations will be beneficial, not only to send to the DOE but to see where your company is using the most energy and how it can be better managed.


Types of data that will be required:

  • Information of the business, sites and contact details.
  • Yearly consumption report per carrier.
  • the number of products (if applicable) produced.
  • The central activities undertaken on the site that consumes the most energy.
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