Eskom has embarked on an energy-saving initiative with the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC). "Measure 2 Manage" will measure energy consumption in realtime from 30 November to 7 December, monitoring the pre-draw and final-draw activities taking place at the venue.
Eskom is contracting Power Guys to install 36 meters and modems in the CTICC over the draw period to monitor the centre’s energy consumption in realtime.
This data will also be translated into environmental and financial information, made accessible for viewing via an energy dashboard, and updated every 60 seconds.
A remote automatic meter reading technology will automatically collect consumption, diagnostic, and status data from energy metering devices and transfer it to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analysing.
The advantages of this technological advance are numerous: it saves utility providers the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter, billings can now be based on near real time consumption rather than on estimates based on previous or predicted consumption, and this timely information, coupled with analysis, can help both utility providers and customers better control the use and production of energy consumption.
“Eskom’s energy supply is still severely constrained and future demand is predicted to exceed supply unless energy consumers reduce their consumption," says Nosipho Maphumulo, GM: Energy Efficient Demand Side Management (EEDSM). "With the local commercial property sector currently consuming up to 16% of Eskom energy output, commercial properties need to find ways to reduce their consumption not only in the long term but also in the immediate term."
While there are many energy-efficient technologies and adaptations available to this sector, property owners often find it difficult to decide on the best approach for their business, especially when weighing up the initial outlay cost against cost savings achieved as a result of energy savings.
In addition to being able to monitor and translate energy consumptions in realtime and making this information easily accessible to external parties, the remote meter reading system can also isolate and monitor various rooms or sections of a building making it even more practical for businesses to find ways to curb energy consumption.
At the CTICC, data loggers will monitor the energy consumption of all the areas being used for the pre- and final-draw activities, namely:
* The administration, coffee shop and registration areas;
* The lights for halls one, two, three and four;
* Auditoriums one and two;
* The east and west ballrooms;
* The Jasmine, Stralitzia and Marimba restaurants; and
* Incomers one and two.
With the information collated from this event, the CTICC and Eskom will be able to review the centre’s energy consumption peaks and patterns on a minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour or day-to-day basis, in order to make recommendations on how to curb it for future, similar events.