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!Kheis RE/iEEECO(TM) Workshop for Municipal Managers 4 – 6 August 2014 Program


 4 – 6 AUGUST 2014

Mon 4 Aug PART 1 – VENUE: Upington Rural FET College

08h30 – 09h00 : Registration & Exhibition  (DC Micro Grid systems and appliances, Remote water meter WCWDM management systems)

Host: Mr. Percy Sago CEO Upington Rural FET College

09h00 – 09h45 : Introduction

Prof Harold Annegarn (Program review and rules of engagement)

Ms T Scheepers: !Kheis Municipality RE/iEEECO(TM) Case Study

Welcome and Introduction of Roundtable Objectives (roadmap)

09h45 – 11h00 : Experts Roundtable Commentary about RE/IDM Opportunities for Small Municipalities (Open discussion format)

Experts to respond to Municipal Managers’ questions following their Municipality background briefing, relating to Municipal interests

 11h00 – 11h15 : R E F R E S H ME N T S

 11h15 – 13h00 : Plenary Session: Municipalities’ Round Table(Introducing RE and integrated DSM programs for Municipal Managers)

Municipal Managers and Experts discuss the ways to implement programs within municipalities.

 Chairperson: K. Nasiep (SANEDI)

 RE/iEEECO™ Road Map for Municipalities

 Ms T Scheepers !Kheis Municipality Manager: Lead open round table discussions and engagements with experts and Municipality Managers

!Kheis Municipality as a bottom up benchmark project for other smaller NC Municipalities

 13h00 – 13h30 : L U N C H

  Parallel Session A: Municipalities’ Round Table(Continued)

Chairperson: Prof H Annegarn

Parallel Session B: Technology Showcase Round Table

Chairperson: Frank Spencer

13h30 – 14h15 : RE/iEEECO™ Road Map for Municipalities(Continued)/Role of FET Colleges Skills development

Municipalities continue to engage on the road map and the process

SA skills and DC technician course development

Solar and other RE Technologies

Renewable Energy Solutions for Municipalities

(Solar PV; CSP; DC Mini-grid; Fuel Cells/ Waste to energy)

 14h15 – 15h00 : Funded Projects/Legal Policy Framework Round Table- Susan Mosdell

PPP and special purpose funding options


 DC Micro grid/IDM Solutions (Eskom DoE representatives)

 Cool Surfaces/DC Micro grid SSS

15h00 – 15h15 : R E F R E S H ME N T S

 Plenary Session:

 15h15 – 15h55 : Keynote Address:

 Jonathan Hodgson:The future Implementation models for DC Micro grids for small rural Municipalities

15h55 – 16h15 : Response from Municipal Managers

 16h15 – 16h45 : Bokpoort CSP Report Back – Mbuso Mbatha

 Response from Municipal Managers

 17h00 -17h30 : RSA-US DoE EE/RE Program – Bipin Shaw (WinBuild)

 17h30 -18h00 : Implementation Roadmap wrap up:Summary on Implementation Outcomes- Mothusi /Prof Annegarn

18h30 – 18h30 : D I N N E R P R E S E N T AT I O N:Speaker and Collaboration Agreement Dr. Goswami

Tues 5 Aug, VENUE: Upington Rural FET College (Note parallel program for FET Centre of Excellence launch TBD)

 Plenary Session: Role Players’ Round Table

 09h00 – 10h30 : SANEDI / Eskom / DoE / Municipal Managers

10h30 – 11h15 : Eskom’s Strategic Plan for NC Municipalities & Province

11h15 – 11h30 : R E F R E S H ME N T S

11h30 – 12h15 : Youth Training, SME, Skills Development & Technology Transfer Wrap Up

12h15 – 12h45 : EWSETA program

12h45 – 13h15 : L U N C H

Travel from Upington to Groblershoop

15h30 – 15h45 : R E F R E S H ME N T S

16h30 – 17h30 : !Kheis Councillors’ Round Table: Introduction & Discussion (Possible skype in on starting an electric Utility)

17h30 – 19h00 : Site Visit -Duineveld/Deboville (SSS/AquaTrip Site visit)

19h30 – 21h00 : D I N N E R

 Wed 6 Aug, PART 2 – VENUE: !Kheis Municipality (BY INVITATION ONLY)

08h30 – 10h45 : Site visit to Bokpoort CSP Plant

 10h45 – 11h00 : R E F R E S H M E N T S

!Kheis Municipality RE/iEEECO™ Benchmark Program

11h00 – 11h45 : Review of Municipality & its mission relating to use of energy

11h45 – 12h30 : Selecting the right technology scenarios

12h30 – 13h15 : Revision of RE/iEEECO™ roadmap

13h15 – 14h00 : Refinement of !Kheis RE/iEEECOTM Implementation Plan 

14h00 – 14h30 : L U N C H

 14h30 – 16h00 : Public Briefing session with Community and Private sector

News 3 June 2015_Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition in South Africa



Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition in South Africa


Leading U.S. and South African experts from industry, government, and the nonprofit sector came together this week for the Powering South Africa with Cleaner & Smarter Energy Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The event, co-sponsored by the Energy Department, was a great success. Laird Treiber, the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs in the American Embassy in South Africa; Karl Fickenscher, Deputy Coordinator of the Power Africa Initiative; Nothemba Mlonzi, Chair of SANEDI’s Board of Directors; and Barry Bredenkamp, the Senior Manager for Energy Efficiency in SANEDI, provided keynote remarks, demonstrating the importance of cooperation on energy issues.

 Why is the Energy Department engaged with South Africa? South Africa is an attractive destination for U.S. energy companies, and provides significant potential for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions through clean energy deployment. South Africa has the highest energy consumption in Africa, and has one of the largest economies on the continent. Energy engagement is particularly important now, as South Africa is facing its worst power crisis since 2008, with the potential for severe power shortages impacting many homes and businesses.

A real highlight of this week’s conference was the recognition of new partnerships that have formed as a result of the Accelerating Deployment of Clean Energy Solutions in South Africa project launched by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) in 2014.

The EERE South Africa Project creates opportunities for large and small U.S. companies to better understand the South African business and policy environment, develop relationships with potential local partners, and demonstrate their products in South Africa’s growing market. At the Powering South Africa Conference this week, two new partnerships between U.S. and South African companies were formally recognized. As a result of these partnerships, a California start-up is now exporting to South Africa “cool” paints that efficiently cool buildings by reflecting the sun’s heat; and a Louisiana-based start-up is exporting highly efficient electrical transformers to South Africa.

 U.S.–South African collaboration is also enriched through the development of university partnerships to expand capacity building and research for further technology development and deployment. The conference celebrated a new partnership between the Northern Cape Rural Further Education & Training College and the University of South Florida that will support collaboration on renewable energy research and education. A new agreement between the University of Florida and University of Pretoria will focus on training graduate students in South Africa to use state-of-the-art modeling software designed by the University of Florida to

analyze energy savings opportunities in buildings.

Partnerships like these—between U.S. and South African government agencies, academic institutions, and private industry—can play an important role in helping South Africa achieve greater energy security and helping EERE achieve its mission of creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition a global clean energy economy.

EERE’s South Africa project supports the U.S.–South Africa Energy Dialogue. Established in 2010 by the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy and the South African Minister of Energy, this dialogue provides a platform for high ranking officials to discuss pressing issues that impact both the U.S. and South African energy sectors, and to identify collaborative projects that bring mutual benefit.

EERE’s International Team accelerates the speed and scale of clean energy deployment through international collaboration.



New partnerships between U.S. and South African organizations were recognized during a signing ceremony at the Powering South Africa Conference. From left to right: Jaime Cruz, Millenium Solutions; Edwina Felix, Peer Africa; Carsten Larsen, Dow; Sheila Moynihan, EERE; Bipin Shah, WinBuild; Teresa Scheepers, Municipal Manger of !Khies; Minister Counselor Laird Treiber, U.S. Embassy; Logesh Janarthanan, EMPORes LLC; Dr. Xiahohua Xia, University of Pretoria; Mothusi Guy, PEER Africa; Nothemba Mlonzi, SANEDI Board of Directors; David Mahuma, SANEDI; Dr. Ravi Srinivasan, University of Florida; Barry Bredenkamp, SANEDI. | Photo credit: Ignus Gerber Photography