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South Africa: energy regulator urges use of cogeneration

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa sees cogeneration as having good potential for South Africa, and is looking at how projects can be financially assisted.
National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) senior engineer Ferdi Kruger says that “There is a substantial market for energy that is currently being wasted, either through industrial processes or flared waste gas”.

According to Kruger, Nersa is currently in the process of drawing up guidelines to assess cogeneration projects in the hope of identifying and financially assisting the better ones.

Cogeneration can also aid government in realising its ambitions for independent power producers (IPPs), which are expected to contribute 30% of new capacity after 2008, according to the policy developed by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).

South Africa is one of the most energy-intensive economies in the world. Local industry consumes as much as 47% of the total energy consumed in the country, and electricity cogeneration, through heat and gas, is one way for industrial entities to reduce their dependence on national power, while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Additional information: Read the full article at Minin Weekly
News date: 06/09/2006

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