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Journal of Energy in Southern Africa

versión On-line ISSN 2413-3051
versión impresa ISSN 1021-447X

J. energy South. Afr. vol.19 no.1 Cape Town  2008

 

Developing ESCo procedures for large telecommunication facilities using novel simulation techniques

 

 

J F van Rensburg; M F Geyser; M Kleingeld; E H Mathews

North-West University

 

 


ABSTRACT

Peak electricity demand in South Africa will exceed the available operational generation capacity in 2007. The state utility, Eskom, is addressing this challenge, inter alia, with the implementation of a national Demand-side Management (DSM) initiative. Studies in South Africa have shown that 20% of the total municipal energy is utilised in commercial buildings. Telecommunication companies own and operate a large portfolio of diverse buildings within the municipal boundaries. Energy Services Company (ESCO) analyses on these buildings showed huge savings as well as load reduction opportunities. ESCOs however face major problems in evaluating DSM projects on telecommunication facilities. To address these problems a new ESCO procedure for telecommunications facilities was developed and successfully implemented. It was proven that the new ESCO procedure is successful in solving the unique problems in performing ESCO analyses for telecommunications facilities.

Keywords: electricity demand, Energy Services Company, demand side management, commercial buildings, telecommunications facilities


 

 

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Received 12 July 2007
Revised 29 January 2008