Johannesburg, South Africa — (METERING.COM) — March 9, 2007 – Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, will introduce energy management initiatives in an effort to compensate for expected winter power cuts by utility Eskom, which is suffering capacity problems. The initiatives include demand side measures such as the use of solar energy and installation of energy efficient equipment in water and waste water networks, according to mayor Amos Masondo.
The city has just completed an energy management feasibility study, and hopes to reduce consumption by 25 MW a year. A target to provide alternative sources of energy such as solar power and gas to at least 20% of consumers in the medium term has also been set.
South Africa hosts the Soccer World Cup in 2010, and several major cities are busy with plans which will ensure the long-term sustainability of the energy sector.