SMART ELECTRICITY: A ROADMAP TO A MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Project 90 x 2030 6 December 2012.

Project 90 by 2030 hosts the Electricity governance initiative of South Africa (EGI-SA). EGI-SA is made up of a dedicated group of justice oriented organisations who meet for working sessions every fortnight. Given South Africa’s energy intensive economy, we are driven by a desire to create a society where our Electricity policy environment can better enable the wellbeing of people and planet.

In partnership with SAFCEI, 350.org, Green Connection, Gender cc and the University of Cape Town we have been updating research we undertook in 2010 to produce an evidence base for how electricity planning can be improved.

This week we release a report of preliminary findings. This report reveals how an innovative focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy in particular offer more elegant solutions than a dogged persistence with outdated, utility-scale electricity planning.

We are aiming to provide a fresh look at electricity demand, review available energy conservation and efficiency technologies for key economic sectors and debunk the outdated belief that South Africa’s electricity supply can only be satisfied affordably and reliably using utility-scale power generators.

Work on the final, peer reviewed report will continue early in 2013. More on this in our next newsletter.

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