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Potential Energy: The role of grid batteries in tackling South Africa's electricity crisis

July 5, 2023 9:30 am - 11:00 am SAST

via Zoom

(Open to public)

South Africa has been grappling with an unprecedented energy crisis where daily load shedding (scheduled power cuts) has become the norm. The declining performance of coal power stations and the limited ability of the grid to connect new power plants have been an important part of the cause.

This webinar outlines why energy storage should receive more attention in addressing the country’s electricity crisis. With grid-located batteries emerging as a short-term strategic priority, the panel examines how best to deploy these facilities. The discussion explores various battery topics, including how to make the best use of the existing grid, how to help municipalities at the distribution level, local value chain opportunities, and developer requirements for implementation.



Presentation on Report Findings

Richard Halsey, Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Panel Discussion

Paul Vermeulen, Chief Engineer, Renewable Energy, City Power Johannesburg

Lesego Moshikaro, Economist, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies

Frank Spencer, Regional Director for Southern Africa, Cainmani

Audience Discussion

Closing Remarks