At the current tariff rate, will your winery benefit from using less energy?

Monday, 15 April, 2013
Earlier this year, Minister Pravin Gordon’s 2013 Budget speech announced that South Africa will see the implementation of  carbon tax from January 2015. At the same time Eskom was given the go-ahead by the National Energy Regular of South Africa to increase the electricity tariff rate by 8%.
Your winery has more than carbon tax and energy tariff hikes to worry about
You knew these were about to happen and have been preparing for the impact but what will carbon tax and tariff hikes really mean for your wine business; and how do you proactively manage external challenges like energy management standards (ISO 50001 specifically) and soft issues like behaviour based safety in the work environment.
In response to these concerns, Villiera Wines has opted to establish one of the largest private photovoltaic installations managing a sustainable energy resource. This solar energy project has enormous financial and investment implications that not all farms can manage.

So what are the alternatives?
The business of wine making is a capital intensive business with electricity being a significant cost factor. Yet the tantalising solution of going off the power grid using renewable energy is not the answer for everyone as the initial upfront capital can be staggering.
African Utility Week takes a lesson from ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Saldanha, the single largest electricity consumer in the Western Cape, who participated in an Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project resulting in an astounding R90 million energy bill savings in one year.

Want to know more about energy efficiency projects to save costs in the long run?
Save your winery money on implementing energy efficiency projects by gaining access to specialised and leading vendors of Large Power and Water User solution providers and producers with a FREE entry registration pass at the 13th annual African Utility Week Exhibition on 14 – 15 May at the CTICC in Cape town.
Gain industry knowledge from 250 exhibitors such as Aqua Trip, Dry Planet, Interlock, Blue Planet, Cummins, LAPP Insulators and many more.
Schedule your time at the exhibition to attend the free technical workshops conveniently situated on the exhibition floor, including topics on:

Large energy savings through Compressed Air Management / Monitoring / Leak Detection and auditing
Devon Fisher, Audit Manager, Artic Driers International, South Africa
Solar Rooftop projects for Large Power Users
Claire Lockey, Marketing and Communicaitons, SolarWorld Africa, South Africa
Waste to Energy
Linda Cele, GIBB, South Africa
The case for hybrid meters: discovering the benefits and where the technology is heading
Mark Shamley, MD, and Keith Bailey, Sales and Marketing Director, Elster Metering, South Africa
Energy Efficiency for large and very large energy users
Chris Haw, Managing Director, Aurora Power Solutions, South Africa and spokesperson for SAPVIA
Tips on how to become more energy efficient in your business
Senior Representative, Southern African Alternative Energy Association, South Africa

When calculating the carbon footprint of a bottle of wine the cradle to grave approach is taken. This means considering the full life cycle of a bottle of wine, from grape growing, wine making, packaging, distribution, right through to disposal of the bottle.  Your valuable time attending the African Utility Week exhibition will give you direct access to vendor knowledge in back-up generators, energy saving and storage products, and so much more.

Can your business survive off the power grid?

Comment at the bottom and tell us about your current energy efficiency projects and you can stand a chance to win a CONFERENCE PASS valued at R 12 800. The conference sessions cover topics on:
  • Energy Management Standards and Systems: Examine key elements of ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard and  demonstrate its integration with other management standards, notably ISO 9001 and 14001
  • Carbon tax: Review of the most up to date status of carbon tax at the time of the conference and potential best practices to incorporate in industry strategic response
  • Corporate water stewardship to manage climate change risks? The importance of in-house water efficiency | Water risk in the supply chain | Understanding the water foot print | Water stewardship
  • Integrating human resources to optimise energy management investments: Managing the ‘system boundary’ between your energy consumption in relation to the production output to optimise industry’s energy management efforts
Make the best decision you will make this year right now and register your free attendance to an event where you will meet knowledgeable people with practical advice on a range of energy efficiency technologies and processes.