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ENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR MEDIUM- AND RETAIL SIZED CONSUMERS
Early registration deadline: 11 September 2015!
Energy Audits in SME's: A success case of 500 standardized energy audits in small & medium sized dairy farms
Date: September 1, 2015, 15h00 - 16h00 Central European Time (check your local time)
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A standardized methodology for conducting 500 low cost energy audits in small dairies has been developed.
The average savings per farm, found in the program, amounts to 705 kWh/month, (20% of the consumed energy), meaning a cost reduction of USD 274/month, (38% of the electricity bills).
Around 50% of the audited farms, have already implemented at least 1 energy conservation measure suggested, and the program is still monitoring new implementations.
We conclude that It is possible to improve the energy performance of dairy farms, by incorporating various cost-effective measures.
This approach is suitable for all kind of SME´s, and this experience could be useful to design and develop energy efficiency programs in SME´s.
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--- The Leonardo ENERGY Team
The Clicks Group saw the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) as an opportunity to collate energy use information for entry, whilst being able to see what the Group’s energy baseline is, so that it can improve its performance on energy-saving projects year-on-year. This effort awarded Clicks with the top performer in the Head Office NEBS category for the 2012 utility year. NEBS’s focus is on new and existing buildings and the whether they are occupied and operated in an energy-efficient manner.
To see where your hotel, shopping centre, car dealership, airport, general office building, head office, retail store or hospital ranks, enter your building in the 2013 NEBS, logon to www.energybarometer.com
The Clicks Group head office building in Woodstock, Cape Town has 1 200 employees that use the building. Besides being a facility that has existed since 1960, which is according to the latest records available, the building has still showcased that it can be a top-performer by ensuring efficient use. The Clicks Group head office has measured up to industry standards by achieving the top energy efficiency score in the NEBS 2012, winning this category.
“With the energy industry being complex at the moment, due to energy-efficient products developing at a very fast rate – and not knowing which products are most effective, it becomes a challenge to implement the most appropriate equipment for your building,” said Siglinda Losch – Sustainability Facilitator for The Clicks Group. “This way, a yearly check is done in order to be able to see if the technology being implemented works and gives back the savings as anticipated.”
Employee engagement contributes to the success of the energy saving initiatives at Clicks. Staff members are encouraged to save energy at home and are regularly informed about company energy-saving initiatives. The Group has an online sustainability report where initiatives like these are communicated. Customers are also informed about these initiatives through the Clicks ClubCard Magazine whenever there is an opportunity.
“Luckily, the building has been designed in such a way that energy savings or switch-offs are done from a central point and are adapted to the behaviour of the employees in the building,” continues Losch. Some of the other savings initiatives implemented, that have delivered positive results, include fitting all equipment, like computers and printers with power-save modes. The new bathrooms in the building are all fitted with motion sensors and LED lights. Building lights are switched off whenever there is an opportunity to do so.
A project currently being undertaken is the installation of two heat pumps to replace all the current geysers that are being removed.
To overcome challenges, Clicks found it best to install products in certain areas of the business, measure the performance of the products and evaluate the savings achieved, before further deployment to the rest of the building, once they are proven to deliver financial savings.
The greatest challenge for further energy saving initiatives has been the capital expenditure needed for implementation, and this is almost a fact for most organisations. Technology is expensive and implementing great savings comes at a great cost, so measuring performance assists with justifying capital expenditure.
Contemplating the value of the exercise Losch said, “The Energy Barometer provides us with a clear indication of how we are doing against other buildings. In some instances, we tend to implement technology without knowing how we are performing. This initiative gives us a clear indication that the Group is performing well within the sector.”
NEBS participation takes 2 minutes the register, 10 minutes to complete the whole survey, and there is no charge. This will add tremendous value to facility managers, building owners, and energy and utility manager’s challenges to monitor building performance every year against other in a similar industry.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENERGY BAROMETER SURVEY
The National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) is in its 5th year of benchmarking buildings in South Africa. It was developed by Energy Cybernetics, Energy Efficiency Engineering Specialists and is administered by the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF), sole training partner of the AEE in America and the training provider of the SAEE in South Africa. The ultimate objective of NEBS is to create an awareness of consumption levels and the emissions footprint for each facility, with a view to become more environmentally aware and to play a much needed role in energy conservation.
Eskom wants to acknowledge and reward companies and individuals for energy efficient ideas, projects or campaigns. You stand the chance to win R30 000 in this prestigious energy efficiency competition.
Eskom has for the past 25 years rewarded excellence in the field of energy efficiency. eta symbol (eta) is the Greek symbol for efficiency, hence the name of the Awards. The purpose of the eta Awards is to reward exceptional effort in the more efficient use of energy by individuals, students, companies or other institutions. All of the awards comprise a cash amount of R30 000 for the winner in each category and R5 000 for each of the runners-up in each category, subject to the judges’ discretion. For more information: http://www.eta-awards.co.za/
Commercial – For the proven application of sound energy efficiency technologies or applications in the commercial sector. Former entrants include factories that reduced consumption on their manufacturing lines and banks that implemented energy efficiency measures in their buildings, such as air-conditioning, motion sensors, etc.
Innovation – For innovation in energy efficiency. The innovation or development of a system, design or product entered must be suitable for application in any sector including the mining, industrial, commercial, agricultural or residential markets.
Industrial – For the proven application of sound energy efficiency technologies or applications in the industrial sector. Former entrants include industrial plants such as mines and manufacturing plants that reduced the energy consumption of industrial processes.
Residential – For the proven application of sound energy efficiency technologies or applications in the residential sector. Former entrants include municipalities who implemented efficient street lighting and geyser control systems in the residential sector.
Community category – This category acknowledges and rewards people or companies who have played a major role in promoting energy efficiencyin communities – both rural and urban.
Young designers – For school-going learners who created, designed or developed innovative efficient energy applications. This could be creating new products, such as flashlights that use less energy, reducing energy consumption at school or even creating awareness about energy efficiency at school or in your communities.
Energy efficiency awareness category for communication managers who have implemented extensive energy efficiency programmes for their staff and media specialists actively promoting energy efficiency.
Energy savings in households category- For people who have implemented major energy efficiency measures at home and have actually dramatically reduced their energy consumption and cost.
Results of the 4th National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS)
Each year building owners and facility managers enter their buildings in the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) to compare how they have improved their energy use against others in a similar industry – hospitals, offices, car dealers, hotels and shopping centers. The latest results are out and the top performing buildings for the 2012 utility year are:
o Head office: The Clicks Group
o General office: No permission to disclose
o Shopping centre: Westgate Shopping Centre
o Car dealership: Barons CV N1 City, owned by Barloworld Group
o Hotel: Bantry Bay Luxury Suites
The National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) is an annual benchmarking service which Energy Cybernetics administers to compile an accurate database of building energy use information in the country. For the 4th consecutive year, Energy Cybernetics has made its locally developed Energy Barometer tool available to building owners and facility managers to participate in NEBS. The Energy Barometer is a non-intrusive and cost-effective process to determine the energy consumption stance of a building in relation to others in a similar market and environment.
NEBS endeavors to compile an accurate database of building energy use information in the country and is supported by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA), the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF).
Participants use the service at no charge, and for that they receive their ranking result that indicates where they are in accordance with others in their respective industry. The results help them track their energy efficiency performance, they can see when energy savings investments have made a difference, and if there is potential for more savings - because if others in their industry have done better, it means there is opportunity for improvement. Every year, the top performers need to make sure they stay there. That way Energy Cybernetics is contributing to making South Africa energy efficient.
Teamwork makes energy efficiency happen, and it has to happen every day so that the energy savings can make a difference. NEBS helps to reward this teamwork by making the top performing buildings visible – and the staff know they made a difference.
The 5th NEBS is now open. It is an easy online process, just log onto www.energybarometer.com, mouse over the registration button and complete the required information such as: building size, energy consumption from your utility bill for the year January to December 2013, the weather patterns to your area, etc.
The 2013 Utility Year’s categories that can be entered are:
• Bank branches
• Shopping Centres
• Car dealerships
• General offices
• Head quarters
The closing date for completing NEBS entries is 1 July 2014, whereafter the data will be analysed and audited upon which all participants will receive an emailed NEBS certificate of their results.
NEBS encourages companies to become aware of their energy consumption levels, how their buildings are being operated, and to encourage improvements that will bring economic benefits whilst providing a platform for comparison and learning. All data received through NEBS is treated with utmost confidentiality and results are only made public for participants who agree to allow publication of their ranking.
For enquiries contact the administrator Thieda Ferreira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designers are being invited to harness their creativity and technological know-how, and have the chance to win cash rewards at Eskom’s Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition (EELDC) for 2014. It challenges both the novice and the seasoned designer to come up with their unique fusion of flair and functionality, efficiency and aesthetic appeal in designing an energy-efficient luminaire (or in plain language, a lamp).
The competition offers a two-fold opportunity:
• For one, Eskom is inviting high school learners, students and professional designers to submit imaginative lamp designs that not only work, but that are also pleasing to the eye. As the name of the competition implies, it is of major importance that all designs make use of energy-efficient light sources.
• Secondly, professional designers are also invited to submit innovative energy-efficient designs, systems or products that are suitable for residential applications. These may include, for example, a complete lighting system that caters for a low-cost housing development. Once again, the key word is energy-efficiency.
Eskom identified energy efficiency as a strategic priority; it is an essential part of effective resource utilisation and environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. Through the promotion of energy efficiency, Eskom strives to establish an energy efficient culture in South Africa, not only in the commercial and industrial sectors, but also in the residential area, thus in everyday life. It must become a way of living and incorporated in every aspect of our lives.
Since compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) hit the market, it has become more and more apparent that existing lamp designs are not suitable for use in conjunction with new energy-efficient technologies. To address this dilemma, Eskom launched the EELDC to encourage new designs that will demonstrate the fact that efficient lighting technologies (discharge, fluorescent, fibre optic and LED technologies) can, in fact, be used in contemporary and attractive luminaires intended for residential lighting.
The theme of this year’s competition is: Celebrate 20 years of democracy and the closing date is 15 August 2014.
At R200,000, the total prize money definitely warrants participation, while the registration of a new patent, of course, also holds lucrative possibilities for the patent holder.
Category A: Residential Luminaire Design (Students)
Full-time students at all tertiary institutions (universities, colleges, design centres and schools of design) in South Africa are invited to submit a luminaire design using an energy efficient light source, suitable for use in the home. The submission should be innovative, original and unique, in other words, it should not have been implemented before.
First prize: R30,000
Second prize: R20,000
Third prize: R10,000
Educational institution prize money: R10 000
Top regional finalists (6): Lenovo 7” Android tablet (wifi and 3G enabled)
Total prize value: R85,000
Category B: Innovative Energy Efficient Lighting Design (Professional)
In Category B, professional graphic designers, architects, electrical engineers, product designers, researchers and anyone with a passion for design are invited to submit innovative energy efficient designs, systems or products, suitable for residential application. The submission should be innovative, original and unique, in other words, it should not have been implemented before.
First prize: R40,000
Top regional finalists (6): R5,000 each
Total prize money: R70,000
Category C: Most Promising Young Designer (Learners)
Promising young designers from secondary schools and FET or independent colleges, between the age of 14 and 20, are invited to submit innovative energy efficient designs, systems or products, suitable for residential application. The submission should be innovative, original and unique, in other words, it should not have been implemented before.
Most Promising Designer (Individual): R10,000
Top regional finalists (6): Lenovo 7” Android tablet (wifi and 3G enabled)
Educational institution prize money: R10,000
Total prize value: R35,000
Special Award: Most Promising PDI designer (Individual)
Most Promising PDI Designer (Individual): R10,000
Total prize money: R10,000
The competition is supported by the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMiSA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA), the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), Voltex, Eskom eta Awards and 49M campaign, the SABS, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Gauteng Department of Education and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Full details are available on the following website: www.lighting-design.co.za, or from the competition organisers at tel (021) 949-7419/083 293 2848 or via e-mail email@example.com.
Renewable energy and the 12L energy efficiency tax incentive
As an end-of-year bonus to the energy efficiency industry the long awaited “Regulations in terms of Section 12L of the Income Tax Act, 1962, on the allowance for energy efficiency savings” was promulgated and came into operation on 1 November 2013.
The allowance is for the purpose of determining the taxable income derived by any person from carrying on any trade in respect of any year of assessment ending before 1 January 2020. It stipulates that there must be allowed as a deduction from the income of that person an amount in respect of energy efficiency savings by that person in respect of that year of assessment.
Since the promulgation 12L has raised many questions due to the unknown territory our country is embarking on which is opening up new markets to stimulate energy efficiency. Only through participation and involvement will the market evolve and grow towards solid structures and processes that can support future similar incentives.
One of the most pertinent questions asked is:
“Is renewables to be, or not to be allowed as part of the 12L energy efficiency tax incentive?”
The answer should quite logically be: Energy efficiency = demand side; renewable energy = generation side, therefore not part of energy efficiency, but part of alternative ways of generating energy – which by the way should also be used efficiently, like all energy resources.
12L is an incentive for using the energy which is generated from sources that are harmful to the climate more efficiently. However, renewables probably deserve such an incentive in its own right, but it is excluded from Section 12L.
Regulation 6 excludes renewables
Regulation 6 of 12 L depicts that a person may not receive the allowance “in respect of energy generated from renewable sources or co-generation, which means energy from waste and combined heat and power, other than energy generated from waste heat recovery”. The renewable sources excluded are listed as biomass, geothermal, hydro, ocean currents, solar, tidal waves or wind. Waste heat recovery is defined as “utilising waste heat or underutilised energy generated during an industrial process”. Therefore only energy generated using waste heat recovery will be considered.
One exception to the rule for renewables
But 12L does make an exception through the inclusion of Captive Power Plants which encourages self-generation on a large scale. Generating energy for your own use is seen as a Captive Power Plant and an allowance can only be claimed should the “kWh or the equivalent kWh of energy output of the captive power plant” i.r.o. an assessment year is “more than 35% of the kWhs or the equivalent kWhs of energy input in respect of that year of assessment”.
The definition in the Regulation stipulates that “A captive power plant means where generation of energy takes place for the purposes of the use of that energy solely by the person generating that energy”. This is interpreted as the self-generated energy, albeit from whichever source, is not being fed into the grid, but used within the reticulation system of the respective project or plant for which the energy efficiency allowance is being claimed. It is an incentive to up the implementation of self-generation in excess of 35% of the requirements of a project or plant.
So in effect renewable energy that is generated for own use and which constitutes in excess of 35% of the kWhs of energy input in the year of claiming, will be allowed. Clarifying the matter, Barry Bredenkamp, Senior Manager: Energy Efficiency at SANEDI said “Captive Power Plants is the ONE exception to the rule where RE technology may be used”.
SANEDI is the body that evaluates energy savings reports and issues tax certificates to organisations for submission to SARS to claim section 12i and 12L tax incentives and invites organisations to pursue the energy efficiency tax incentive. Follow these steps to make use of the 12L incentive:
1) Appoint a Measurement & Verification Professional, from a SANAS accredited M&V Inspection Body, to compile a report containing a computation of the energy efficiency savings in respect of that person for that year of assessment. Inspection bodies are listed on the SANAS website.
2) Register with SANEDI for energy efficiency tax allowance claims at www.saneditax.org.za
3) Submit the M&V Professional’s report to SANEDI.
4) SANEDI will furnish you with the approval for continuance.
On the successful completion of the tax allowance approval process SANEDI will issue a formal energy savings certificate. The certificate is then submitted to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) together with the claim for the tax allowance as part of the customary tax returns.
The systems in place have been used over the last 4 years for the 12i tax incentive, and already over 60 projects are registered for 12L and being processed.
The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) has been training and Certifying Measurement and Verification Professionals (CMVPs) according to EVO and IPMVP under the licence of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in South Africa for the past 8 years. It has provided the skills required to develop the local energy efficiency incentive industry where accurate, transparent and credible substantiation of energy savings claims can be validated through international best-practice measurement and verification.
For more information on the 12L visit www.saneditax.org.za
For more information on training as a CMVP visit www.energytrainingfoundation.co.za
The Energy Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) established under the Skills Development Act of South Africa have accredited Energy Cybernetics as a fully accredited training provider for its training division, the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) in August 2013.
EnTF is the approved training partner of the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the Southern African region and the training provider for the Southern African Association of Energy Efficiency (SAEE). All its training courses are accredited with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from 2 to 8 CPD credits.
SETA’s have been set up to encourage skills development through the establishment of a system of levies and grants, the registration of new learners and the quality assurance of training providers and assessors.
Izelle Bosman, manager of the EnTF, is very positive about the quality of training provided by her organisation and said, “By receiving the accreditation our organisation receives the nod from government that our aims of providing international quality training and qualifications is accredited as being in-line with the focus of the EWSETA to address the appropriate qualification and skills development needs in the energy and water sector in South Africa.”
Bosman continues, “With the backing of 36 years’ experience and existence of training and certifying energy engineers world-wide, the AEE is an Association of choice in 89 countries, whom all recognise the energy engineers trained by the AEE and its training partners, in South Africa the EnTF.” AEE has strict control for re-Certification every 3 years of their qualified professionals, as well as similar controls for the lecturers that EnTF uses. Bosman said, “We are very fortunate to have some of the top lecturers that have vast academic knowledge, practical industry experience, and excellent proficiency in communicating the concepts of the courses.”
The EnTF training courses allow almost instant return-on-investment of the training fee as trainees can leave the lecture hall and immediately implement improvements within their organisation whether a mine, a large industrial manufacturing plant, a utility, a green building, or a small office. Energy costs have over the past few years moved from being an expense to organisations, to being a major universal commodity cost due to the rising electricity rates and the need for back-up power and expensive alternative energy resources. EnTF courses not only equips trainees with the skills and knowledge on finding energy savings opportunities and implementing them, but teaches the holistic effect of implementing basic engineering fundamentals that bring about many additional improvements like increased production throughputs, lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life, better investment decision-making, enhanced working conditions, and many more.
In Southern Africa the EnTF has trained in excess of 1900 candidates in energy management, energy efficiency, co-generation, carbon reduction management, energy auditing, measurement and verification, fundamentals of energy engineering, and awareness over the past 11 years. Courses are scheduled from March to November throughout the country.
Pic: Izelle Bosman, Manager of the Energy Training Foundation, the training division of the recently EWSETA fully accredited training provider Energy Cybernetics.
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