EES - July 2014

July 2014

Smart Grid

What are the technological barriers to implementing the smart grid in SA?

A smart grid can be defined as an evolved grid system which has been expanded through the addition of intelligence that manages electricity demand in a sustainable, reliable and economic manner. The smart grid allows the integration of all types of power generation and all power using elements. Smart grids are an integral part of Smart cities.

A smart grid alone does not provide energy savings, it facilitates the intelligent use of the available energy. In conjunction with a Smart city, the benefits of the smart grid are numerous. They include: delivering energy efficiently and reliably, capacity for integrating renewables, enabling customer control, and stimulating a new industry.

From My Pen

Connectivity in SA makes encouraging strides

June saw the culmination of an audit which re-certified EES Africa (Pty) Ltd with the ISO 9001:2008 quality system standard. Re-certification is audited and endorsed by an independent party for the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). The purpose of this is to demonstrate to our clients and colleagues that we are up-to-date in providing efficient, quality services that meet applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. By implementing these internationally recognised Quality Management Systems on all our clients’ projects, we enhance customer satisfaction.


“Ensuring broadband access for every South African and making the country’s cities digitally connected” is a key objective of Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, according to recent press reports. Cwele was appointed minister of this newly created government portfolio in President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet last month. He points out that connectivity is no longer the privilege of a few but a basic human right, and that South Africa is working towards ensuring that all its citizens have access to the internet.  


Connectivity is a crucial enabler of smart grids and smart cities. Our June white paper, ‘What are the technological barriers to implementing the smart grid in SA?’, written by Jaco Cronje, Director at EES, covers this topical issue. The white paper is based on a presentation on the challenges of the smart grid, which Jaco presented at the Sustainable Energy Seminar at Sustainability Week 2014 in City of Tshwane last month.  


In his white paper Jaco emphasises and concludes that smart data management is non- negotiable in order to competently prepare for what the future holds. It is this intelligence that facilitates the real benefit of the smart grid and smart cities. As a benefit to our industry, we invite you to download this paper and any of the other free EES white papers focusing on technology trends.  


Bradley Hemphill

Managing Director