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POWER SUPPLY: Marketplace Promotes Energy Effficiency


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In view of South Africa’s electricity supply shortages, increasing electricity tariffs and the need to reduce our carbon footprint, the City of Cape Town has launched an Electricity Savings Campaign.

As part of this campaign, and in partnership with Eskom, SA Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and Santam, an Energy Efficiency Forum for Commercial Buildings (EE Forum) was established in 2009.

The forum aims to provide owners and managers of offices, shopping centres, hotels and other commercial and public buildings with practical knowledge on energy efficiency solutions and serves as a platform for action and shared learning.

The forum has over 200 members and meets four times a year.

Says the City's Clive Justus, “Efficient use of electricity has become increasingly important in view of steeply rising electricity tariffs and the medium-term shortage of South Africa’s electricity supply. The need to reduce operating costs, the risk of future power cuts and carbon emissions all add up to the urgent need for a concerted effort to improve energy efficiency, particularly from the larger electricity users such as those involved in commercial building management. This Marketplace is the first time that the City of Cape Town has facilitated an opportunity for the private sector to showcase their energy ingenuity to those involved in commercial building management. We hope that the exchange of information will lead to a reduction in energy consumption and better business amongst commercial users in Cape Town.”

Suppliers include companies and organisations involved with energy monitoring and voltage optimisation, photovoltaic solar systems, thermal insulation, Energy Efficient Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), web-based energy management solutions, efficient lighting and more.

Historically, cheap electricity has meant very low levels of energy efficiency in commercial settings”, says Sarah Ward, Head of the City’s Energy and Climate Change Branch. “Now the country has been hit with national electricity supply constraints resulting in the threat of black outs and sharp tariff increases. It’s time for the City of Cape Town to work closely with all sectors of our city (residential, commercial and industrial), to provide relevant, practical, easy-to-understand information on energy efficiency.”

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