Eskom to supply green power to state buildings.

Posted On Friday, 25 July 2003 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Pretoria - Government buildings, starting with the Union Buildings in Pretoria and parliament in Cape Town, are to be made more energy efficient.

Thulani GcabashePhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the minister of minerals and energy, received a cheque for R20 million from electricity utility Eskom yesterday to be used for the project, described as "greening" government buildings.

"All government-owned facilities will, in time, be upgraded with energy-efficient technologies," said Thulani Gcabashe, Eskom's chief executive.

The lighting systems of the buildings of the department of minerals and energy and Eskom had already been made more energy efficient, he said.

"This has resulted in a net saving to government on its electricity bill of approximately R1.5 million per annum."
Part of the Eskom donation would be used to finance a full energy audit inside the Union Buildings. Energy-efficient lighting had already been installed in the gardens and at the perimeter fences, Gcabashe said.

He said "all the standard less efficient incandescent lamps inside the building will be replaced with compact fluorescent lamps over the next few weeks". The change would have an immediate impact on the electricity bill.

Eskom announced recently that based on the average 2.5 percent annual increase in demand, its current capacity to deal with peak demand would be exhausted by 2007.
The promotion of energy efficiency was one of the ways the electricity utility intended to deal with the situation, Gcabashe said.

He said Eskom was also exploring clean energy and renewables, and had to invest in new generation capacity.

"Of course we have plans to bring back to service power stations that are currently mothballed and also to construct new peaking capacity [so] that our customers are not affected.

"The more energy we use, the more energy needs to be generated. The result is that more power stations need to be built, which will inevitably result in the consumer having to bear the cost."

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