Manda­tory power usage au­dits on the cards

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Bianca Mlilo

THE Zim­babwe En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (Zera) plans to in­tro­duce new en­ergy sav­ing reg­u­la­tions that guar­an­tee manda­tory au­dits on con­sumers for pur­poses of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Zera chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer En­gi­neer Glo­ria Magombo told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle that the reg­u­la­tions would only come into ef­fect after train­ing in­dus­try on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

“We did an en­ergy au­dit last year and as part of the en­ergy au­dit we re­alised that there is a po­ten­tial for sav­ings from dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies and house­holds, do­mes­tic, in­dus­try and min­ing sec­tors,” said Eng Magombo.

“We also iden­ti­fied what they need to do to im­prove ef­fi­ciency. So what we’ve done is that we want to in­tro­duce reg­u­la­tions for manda­tory au­dits to be done with proper plans for im­ple­men­ta­tion of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures just like Kenya.”

The Kenyan En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion, whose man­date is to reg­u­late the elec­tri­cal en­ergy, petroleum and re­lated prod­ucts, has em­ployed a sim­i­lar strat­egy un­der which com­pa­nies are fined if they ex­ceed their al­lot­ted en­ergy limit.

“We’ve taken a stance whereby we start by ca­pac­i­tat­ing in­dus­try on how to do those en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures and so far we’ve trained about 50 en­gi­neers from dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies who will then be used to im­ple­ment the first phase of the pro­gramme be­fore we bring in reg­u­la­tions.

“The reg­u­la­tions will then make it manda­tory for them to au­dit and im­ple­ment ef­fi­ciency mea­sures,” Eng Magombo said.

The Zim­babwe En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (Zera) is a statu­tory body es­tab­lished by the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity Act and is man­dated to reg­u­late the pro­cure­ment, pro­duc­tion, trans­porta­tion, trans­mis­sion, dis­tri­bu­tion, im­por­ta­tion and ex­por­ta­tion of en­ergy de­rived from any en­ergy source.

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En­gi­neer Glo­ria Magombo

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