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Energy Bulletin – 10 July 2015

Energy Bulletin – 10 July 2015

South Africa and Russia sign energy agreement pacts Meanwhile in Russia, South Africa’s Department of Energy and Russian state-run nuclear energy company Rosatom have signed two memoranda of understanding on nuclear power co-operation. The agreements was signed on Wednesday the 8th of July in Ufa, Russia during a summit of the emerging BRICS nations. Reactors that are being considered are from Russia’s Rosatom and Westinghouse for South Africa’s planned 9,600 MW nuclear fleet expansion, an energy advisor said in June of this year. The government is planning to build six nuclear power plants by 2030 at an estimate cost of between R400-billion and R1-trillion. Critics of the proposed plan said that South Africa cannot afford it at the present time due to rising debt and slow economic growth. The South African government responded, that it needs to diversify its current power mix while expanding its capacity. The BRICS nations account for a fifth of the world’s economic output and 40 percent of its population, with ongoing talks about opening a Development bank with a reserve pool of roughly R1,250 billion. Increased tariff of 12.69% commenced on the 1st of July for all municipalities The tariff increase that was approved by NERSA (National Energy Regulator of South Africa) during November in 2014 was implemented on the 1st of April 2015 for Eskom direct customers and municipalities on the 1st of July 2015. This is not be confused with the public hearings that was held in Nasrec, Johannesburg. Where Eskom delivered a proposal to increase the electricity tariff by a further 9.6%, which NERSA rejected on several grounds. With a weakening...
NERSA rejects additional electricity tariff hike

NERSA rejects additional electricity tariff hike

NERSA rejects Eskom’s request for an additional electricity tariff hike. NERSA has heeded the national sentiment by rejecting the additional electricity tariff hike.  NERSA chairman Jacob Modise said, “The application did not provide the mechanism on how the proposed increase, if granted, will be implemented in the current financial year in a manner that is consistent with the requirement of the municipal financial act 2003.” Public hearings held the previous week in Nasrec NERSA (National Energy Regulator  of South Africa) held a public hearing on the 23rd and the 24th of June with respect to the additional tariff increase requested by Eskom. A tariff increase was already accepted by NERSA for 12.5% with an environmental levy of 2.5% still to be gazetted. Eskom is demanding a further 9.5% tariff increase, mainly to purchase diesel to power the Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGT). The Open Cycle Gas Turbines operates optimally when burning cheaper gas rather than diesel. The first day was eventful as the NERSA committee ‘grilled’ acting CEO Brian Molefe over the proposed increase and whether he received a letter from Nene stating that the new tariff, if accepted, will only be implemented at the start(next tariff period April? July?) of 2016. Brian Molefe stated that: “He was still new at Eskom and has no knowledge of such a letter.” One of the committee member refuted the claim saying that the letter was forwarded from his office to other institutions. Molefe further said that the cost of increasing the tariff to the specified amount will still be less than that of not delivering power. Even at R3/kWh the country will still...
Power-Star needs distributors in Africa

Power-Star needs distributors in Africa

Power-Star looks to engage with potential partners in Africa to increase energy efficiency. With economies in Africa steadily growing and electricity becoming a highly priced commodity, managing and measuring the energy that we do have becomes increasingly important. Power-Star is looking for partners in Africa to start an energy efficiency revolution that will empower Africa to compete with the world markets. According to The World Bank: “25 African countries face an energy crisis. The African continent is well endowed with energy resources but most remain untapped. Solutions to this problem include: boosting cross-border power trade, improving existing utility companies, improving access to electricity on a large scale, while helping countries chart low-carbon growth paths.” The Power-Star solution: We designed a compact and easy to use online metering system. It is truly homegrown and sets the standard for high frequency real time data recording devices. The system allows you to log in to a secure server and remotely monitor your site or business’ electricity consumption. Energy data being recorded is refreshed every 60 seconds that allows you to make quick decisions to save both time and money. The Power-star meter has been installed in some the biggest hotels around the world as well businesses in the industrial and financial sectors. Benefits of using Power-Star Data is recorded in real time. Your energy data can be viewed from anywhere in the world. Electricity bills received from your local council can be verified. Analysis of your current tariff structure to improve efficiency and profitability. Energy management projects can be implemented and improvements through behavioural changes or retrofitting of lights or any strategy to improve the...
Bill Verification with Power-Star

Bill Verification with Power-Star

Remote Monitoring Energy Management Bill Verification Tariff Comparison Power Factor Survey M & V Benchmarks Sub-Billing Reports Let us verify your electricity bill Once you have a Power-Star online energy monitor installed on your main incoming line and we can start to monitor your usage. After the completion of your first utility billing period while remotely monitoring your energy usage, you can make use of the Bill Verification service in the Power-Star online software. The Power-Star software allows for you to actively monitor the accuracy of your electricity bill. The service is self-help, alternatively you can supply us with your electricity bill and our consultants can verify it for you against the recorded data. All you have to do is to scan and e-mail your bill to us. Give us a call or get us to talk to you: DIY bill verification    or    Let us check your bill What happens when we find an irregularity on your electricity bill? Should there be any irregularities found on your bill a process of verification and analysis can then be performed by Power-Star in order to determine the reasons for the discrepancies. Should it be determined that there is a factual error on your electricity bill, Power-Star offers the option to utilise our services to engage with your service provider in order to correct the bill and to make provisions for any financial implications. Not a Power-Star user? Try our live demo If you do not have an active account you can log into our demo and then go to the financial tab and select  Bill Verification. The demo login can be...
Valuing the return on solar electricity projects for your business

Valuing the return on solar electricity projects for your business

Electricity prices have increased considerably over the last couple of years, culminating in higher operational costs for businesses. Fortunately the cost of solar electricity (photovoltaic) systems have decreased, making solar PV a cost effective alternative for businesses. The up-front costs of a solar system might require a large amount of capital, but the payback periods are usually about 10 years or less. The acquisition of a solar electricity system will allow for lower energy costs and will protect you from future price hikes. Below is a couple of points to consider before buying a solar PV system Top five tips for purchasing Solar PV Understand your business’ electricity usage and choose the correct size system that will facilitate all your needs. The amount of energy consumed will establish the viability of solar PV for your business and the size that is needed. An easy way to measure and analyse your energy usage is by installing the Power-Star online energy meter. This device measures your consumption and sends the data to our servers where you can view your energy use profile in real-time. By doing this you can accurately determine what size system will make sense for your business. Having a good grasp of your current and available electricity tariffs and the inevitable changes. Before installing solar PV, you should understand the current tariff you are on as well as those available to you. The tariff structure will have a direct influence on the decision to implement a solar electricity generation project. Having all the necessary information regarding your electricity tariffs is critical to making an informed decision. The information can be obtained...