SA to adopt best practices for smart grid implementation

ESI-Africa.com 13 November 2012.

13 November 2012 – Smart grids in South Africa will allow for control of peak hour demand, without having to increase generation capacity. However, the implementation thereof will require a substantial amount of financial support from government. The country can learn many valuable lessons from other international installations to formulate an implementation scheme that focuses on its existing strengths.

The need for smart grid technology in South Africa is driven by the low reserve margin on the country’s electricity generation capacity, the need for a more efficient grid with less disruptions, an increase in the electricity price, the consumers’ need for an efficient method of electricity consumption management and the IRP 2010, a 20-year national electricity plan that stipulates the key generation plan for the country…

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