Since the beginning of 2008, all South Africans have experienced the disruptive effects of load shedding. It has not only impacted negatively on our businesses, but also in our private lives. It has become evident to all South Africans that the country does not have sufficient power generation capacity to meet its needs.
Plans are in place to bring in new generation capacity, but will not be sufficient to alleviate the pressure on the national grid in the short term. An immediate solution is however needed to meet the challenge within the national electrical capacity and energy constraints.
The ability lies with the consumers of electricity to increase the reserve margin on the grid through energy efficiency to cater for planned and unplanned events on the grid, economic growth and the accommodation of new loads and expansions. Everybody needs to become more efficient, in their businesses and in their homes.
The rising cost of electricity, as well as the incentives and penalties associated with the Power Conservation Programme will be a major driving force for energy efficiency on a National scale. Our approach towards energy will determine our ability to be competitive in our various industries.
The above will also help South Africa in achieving international competitiveness and meet the various energy use and demand reduction targets set out by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
It is thus critical that all sectors of our economy become active in the management of energy as a resource that must and can be managed to the benefit of their bottom-line. This goes hand-in-hand with an increase in knowledge of energy, how it is consumed and how it can be utilized more efficiently.
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) aims to become the Association in Southern Africa that brings all energy stakeholders in the region together. The SAEE has enjoyed tremendous success towards achieving its goals in consolidating energy efficiency stakeholders in the Southern African region. The SAEE has members from nine countries. These countries are Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia; Mozambique and South Africa.
In order to achieve this synergy, the SAEE is hosting the 6th Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention (SAEEC2011) as an event serving the energy management-, environmental-, facilities building upgrades-, energy engineering-, cogeneration-, power generation-, and efficiency improvement industries.
The SAEEC2011 is an important energy event of national scope for end-users and energy professionals in all areas of the energy field. It is the one truly comprehensive forum where you can fully assess the “big picture” – and see exactly how all the economic and market forces, new technologies, regulatory developments and industry trends merge to shape the critical decisions on your organisation’s energy and economic future.
The SAEEC2011 features a convention agenda with seminars and an exhibition on a variety of current topics and a comprehensive overview of the “Energy Efficiency @ Work”.
The SAEEC2011 together with the exhibition targets the complete spectrum of technologies and services of great importance to our delegates in attendance, including:• Renewable and alternative energy
• Combined heat & power / cogeneration / distributed generation
• Lighting efficiency
• HVAC systems and controls
• Integrated building automation & energy management
• Thermal storage and load management
• Boilers and combustion controls
• Demand Side Management
• Solar and fuel cell technologies
• Energy services and project financing
• Applications to National Energy Management programs
There is no better way to find the immediate answers you need, and to assess the full scope of potential energy solutions available to you, than by attending the Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention (SAEEC2011).