Kaluzi urges business to save energy

source: BOPA
29 June, 2007

GABORONE – Business people had been urged to conserve power by replacing all their incandescent bulbs with energy efficient ones.

Speaking during the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM)s 35th annual general meeting, Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), Mr John Kaluzi urged business people to find ways and means of shifting their loads off at peak times.

The corporation will explore ways and means to incentivise you for your efforts, he said.

Mr Kaluzi said it was possible for BPC to operate in a monopolistic environment that was characterised by high-energy imports in the midst of diminishing generating capacity as long as businesses played their role to conserve electricity so that the economy also endures.

Between 2008 and 2010 we will require that we all have a presence of mind in the use of electrical energy, he said. Wastage should be anathema to all of us responsible citizens of this great nation.

Mr Kaluzi said there were great opportunities and challenges for the electricity supply industry in Botswana during the next five years.

He said time would come when the country would no more be an importer of power but a regional player in the power market through power exports.

Botswana currently imports more than 70 per cent of its power requirements; and Botswana has a new peak of 487.58 MW compared to the last years peak of 469.73 MW.

However, Mr Kaludzi said this was good news because it was a confirmation that Botswanas economy is growing, and grow it must if we are to achieve prosperity for all by 2016.

He said during the next five years, a critical period for the country supply, the projected average load growth rate would be [continue reading]

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