Smart grids ‘could give SA reliable electricity’

Business Day Online

11 October 2011: Accenture SA executive director says the introduction of renewable energy and the push for energy efficiency create a perfect opportunity to bring in so-called smart-grid technology.

Smart-grid technology — which uses sensors, digital communications and software to manage an electricity network — has been hailed as a possible remedy to curb electricity losses resulting from inefficient electricity transmission and distribution networks.

Eskom — which, with various municipalities, is a licensed distributor of electricity — has counted improving network reliability among its future priorities.

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