The escalating cost of fossil fuel based electricity generation and the adverse effects of limitations in energy supply (load shedding) are a few of the issues forcing South African businesses to develop and implement Energy Management Strategies.
Live metering and the collection of accurate energy consumption data is one of the key concepts of implementing an effective and sustainable Energy Management Strategy. Standards such as ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems act as a guideline to help organisations approach Energy Efficiency in a systematic and sustainable manner.
This is one way to ensure good Energy Management, which leads to better informed and cost-effective business decisions as well as enhanced competitive positioning; especially in the in Manufacturing Sector.
On an ongoing basis, GCX engages with clients such as CTP Printers to provide insight and expert opinion into the metered electricity data. In this case, the data is logged by CTP’s Cape Town site’s remote monitoring system, from which both consumption and demand costs can be accurately distributed amongst the different divisions on site. The logged data is also used to verify CTP’s municipal billing as well as evaluate their current tariff structure in order to ensure that CTP in on the most economical tariff.
Beyond billing efficiencies, accurate consumption data allows different production areas within the business to be compared to each other, once relevant production intensity metrics have been applied. This provides valuable insight into a specific divisions performance and assists in the identification of energy associated risks.
“Having Energy Monitoring and Targeting Systems in place ensures that organisations are aware of both how and when they consume energy,” says GCX Energy Engineer Linden Smith. Companies are also able to exercise proper demand control, manage non-production loads and amongst other things the data can be used to develop facility baselines and to track consumption as well as other key indicators.
“As technology becomes more ingrained in all facets of our lives, it is quite evident that collecting and monitoring of data has become material to all industries,” says Smith.