Posts tagged as Utility

Utility GIS provider’s solutions recognised

Schneider Electric, a supplier of geographic information system (GIS) solutions for utilities and communication providers, received the Delivering Release-Ready Solutions Award at the Esri Partner Conference held in March 2019 in the US. As Esri continues to build upon the Utility Network platform, Schneider Electric releases solutions, such as the ArcFM Solution XI Series, that […]

Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets

South Africa’s electricity sector is undergoing a multifaceted transformation brought about by energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of independent power producers. This article considers the fundamental elements which characterise the German and South African energy markets, highlights the challenges which are prevalent in the energy […]

What is the future for electricity utilities?

Power utilities all over the world are facing profound changes. These changes, Dr Andrew Eriksson, an energy consultant from Zurich, told an enthusiastic audience recently, will result in the utilities of the future taking on very different roles with new financial models in order to survive the sweeping changes which technological developments will bring to […]

Smart metering system powers up customers

Voltex’s Invirotel smart metering management system uses Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to provide a simple and affordable energy metering solution. AMI integrates smart meters, communication networks and data management systems for two-way communication between utilities and customers. The meters, either single or three phase, can operate in either pre- or post-paid modes and use existing […]

Winner of the digital solutions of the year award

Siemens won the “Digital Solutions of the Year” award at Africa Utility Week’s Industry Gala Awards recently. The award recognises the company’s microgrid installation at its South African headquarters in Johannesburg. The energy-efficient campus will generate its own green energy and provide a cost-effective energy mix which will enable the campus to become a centre […]

Flexible, distributed, stored energy: the utility of the future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Energy Initiative has undertaken the Utility of the Future study to serve as a guide for policy makers, regulators, utilities, existing and startup energy companies, and other power-sector stakeholders to better understand the factors which drive change in power systems worldwide. The report was supported by a consortium of 23 diverse […]

Eskom – a laggard in electricity utility transition

In South Africa, where electricity prices have quadrupled since 2007 and an expensive coal-fired power build-out threatens to drive prices even higher, renewables appear ever more appealing. Unfortunately, for the last two years Eskom has been stonewalling on this front, refusing to sign new renewable energy power purchase agreements, while claiming that renewable energy is […]