The Zambian government has partnered with the EU to ensure grid reliability through implementation of energy efficiency programmes.The two parties launched a platform to formulate a roadmap to improve the country’s energy conservation and management.through energy efficiency programmes.
The project Energy Efficiency Quick Win Actions and Specific Electricity Indicators Programme will help its participants lower power usage and costs to help the country address its power deficit challenge.
Zambia has witnessed a decrease in its power generation due to low rains which has affected its hydro electricity generation.
Participants of the programme include industrial and residential building owners, the tertiary sector and municipalities.
[quote] The programme will develop measures to increase funding of energy conservation initiatives by both public and private sectors, including the implementation of 14 pilot projects on energy efficiency.
The results of the pilots will guide Zambia to deploy the projects on a national scale.
The programme falls under the EU Sustainable Energy for All-Technical Assistance Facility project and will run from this September through to March, 2017.
In addition, the programme will help the country’s Energy department develop a mechanism to evaluate and leverage its energy efficiency measures.
Energy efficiency programmes in Africa
In related news, in late July, the South African Ministry of Energy launched a R150 million ($10.4 million) pilot project to trial various measures that can be used to lower power and water theft.
The launched project Integrated National Energy Programme will deploy smart metering and prepaid metering technologies to ensure accurate power and water billing in the Nelson Mandela Bay province.
The funding will be used to replace existing water and electric meters with smart meters and prepaid meters to ensure accurate billing of power and water for residents in informal settlements and under the state owned utility Eskom’s network. [Smart meters Africa: Kenya Power installs 5,600 units].
The installation of the new metering systems will also help the metro implement water and energy efficiency programmes to help consumers use resources sustainably and reduce costs.
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