Cape Town’s digital tools to curb illegal power connections

first_imgShe adds that at Eskom they initially underestimated the requirements for flying drones: “The number of regulatory hoops that one has to jump through to use remote piloted aircraft systems, which is a fancy word for using a drone. South Africa’s civil aviation authority has put in significant requirements. For example, your pilot needs to be licensed, your drone needs to be licensed, you need an approved flight plan.” To start off with, MacColl differentiated between digitisation and digitalisation. Digitisation means converting information from a physical format into a digital one. When this process is used to better achieve goals, it is called digitalisation. Barry MacColl, senior regional manager at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), moderated a lively talk on smart energy and utilities in a digitalising world on Thursday during the Digital Africa Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa event.  Kadri Nassiep, executive director of energy at the City of Cape Town, said: “We think the problem is the relatively unaffordable prices of electricity. This is an unfortunate reality that we’re seeing across the market. And we’ve used drone footage quite extensively. So drones are not just being used, for example, for line inspections, but also to assess the extent of illegal connections within the city. MacColl told the panellists that digitalisation ideas ought to be problem-driven and in keeping with objectives such as reducing cost and improving revenue in the sector. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “So regarding the drone, you still have to take pictures,” she says. “And those pictures still need to be interpreted in terms of impending or developing line faults. What is really great is that EPRI is making inroads to consolidating pictures from utilities across the world, putting it into a library so that it enables real-time communication between the picture that is taken and the comprehensive library. This gives you a match of the likely fault that you’re dealing with.”    – African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa sessions, (now Enlit Africa) click here – FREE access   – ESI Africa sessions, click here – FREE access   – Oil & Gas Council sessions, click here Also of interest:Drones beyond your visual line of sight can get the job done Image: Sean Prior © 123RF.com But they bought into the exercise, and have thus far trained about ten pilots.  He continues to say that electric transport is on the map in Cape Town, too. “Electric vehicles are very close to our heart. We had a programme at one stage looking at purchasing new electric buses, which did not happen unfortunately due to procurement irregularities. But since then, the city has gone out and procured five electric vehicles. And it’s only a start. Going forward, we know that the market is going to evolve rapidly. And once there are more choices available to consumers, we’re going to see a plethora of OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) providing us with a range of vehicles. Illegal connections and unaffordable power prices One challenge that emerged strongly in Cape Town is that of illegal connections and non-payment. E-vehicles “Part of the problem we’re facing is that a lot of these illegal connections take place in informal settlements. These informal settlements are at risk of fires, not just due to the fact that they use paraffin and wood, but also because of transformer overloading that takes place at the point at which they connect illegally. And at the same time, we’ve seen unfortunate cases in the past; we’ve had fatalities, particularly amongst children who are exposed to live wires as a result of illegal connection.” Nassiep adds that the City of Cape Town is within its first year of developing its own geo-location app: “And what I like about the app as it’s being developed is that it will give users the opportunity to help locate areas where there’s, for example, illegal connections, meter tampering, or damage to public infrastructure, either by virtue of being authenticated or while remaining anonymous. You have the option. So users can help us to respond so much quicker.”  center_img By Biénne Huisman “This will rapidly increase the demand for charging, at the same time putting pressure on the grid at peak periods, when we anticipate a lot of them will be charging. So one of the key things to consider is effectively a small-scale embedded generation type tariff, that allows a consumer to benefit from charging off-peak. And then, the possibility of discharging power from your batteries into the grid at peak times, when we need that capacity, and to compensate you accordingly for that. So this is the type of thing we’re considering right now.” ESI BRICS Digital tools take to the air TAGSAfrican Utility Week and POWERGEN AfricaCity of Cape TownDigital Energy Festival for Africadigital utilityDigitalisationEPRIEskom Previous articlePPPs are a feasible alternative to delivering water servicesNext articleEskom faces criminal charges over air pollution at Kendal Power Station Annemarie RoodbolAnnemarie Roodbol is the Senior Communications Manager at Clarion Events Africa based in Cape Town and manages media coverage and PR campaigns for several energy and mining events on the continent and contributes to the content development and creation for the various Clarion Events Africa media titles. The Digital Energy Festival for Africa in 2020 was hosted jointly by four of Clarion Events’ leading energy brands Africa Energy Forum, African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa (now Enlit Africa) and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly and the leading energy journal ESI Africa providing six weeks of compelling content. Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR To listen to this session on demand as well as other recorded sessions as part of Digital African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, please register on the Swapcard platform. Digital Energy FestivalThe following sessions are still available to watch on demand as part of the Digital Energy Festival for Africa: Finance and Policy Authorities ‘spying’ on illegal connection thieves via drones, geo-location apps for calling out meter-tampering, and viable electrical transport are some of the ideas for South Africa’s digital future.  Barry MacColl, senior regional manager at EPRI, moderated a lively talk on smart energy and utilities in a digitalising world. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development During the conversation, a video clip showed how, at Eskom, line inspections formerly done by binoculars, are now done by drone. Research, testing and development general manager at Eskom, Sumaya Nassiep, concurred, saying: “It’s been a long journey!”last_img read more

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Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Announce Five-Night Residency At Sweetwater Music Hall

first_imgBob Weir and Wolf Bros will set up shop at the former Grateful Dead guitarist’s intimate west coast music club when the trio hosts five nights of music at Mill Valley, CA’s Sweetwater Music Hall early next year.Related: Bob Weir Talks Passion For Fitness, Jerry Garcia’s “F*ck It” Mentality In New ‘Men’s Health’ InterviewAnnounced on Tuesday afternoon, the band–which performs stripped-down versions of songs mostly pulled from the Dead’s live catalog—will play five nights at Sweetwater on February 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. According to the announcement shared on Weir’s website, the trio’s “special Valentine’s Day show” on February 14th will treat the night’s ticket holders to “a surprise gift at the venue.”From there, the band will begin their previously-announced run of 2020 winter performances throughout the remainder of February and well into the next month before wrapping their tour on March 28th following two nights at the State Theatre in Portland, ME.Tickets for the Wolf Bros Sweetwater February run go on sale this Thursday, December 5th, at 10 a.m. PST here.Prior to rejoining his Wolf Brothers early next year, Weir will regroup with his Dead & Company bandmates for a four-show, two-city New Year’s run in Los Angeles and San Francisco later this month.Scroll down for the full listing of Bob Weir and Wolf Bros 2020 tour dates.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros 2020 DatesFebruary 10 – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CAFebruary 11 – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CAFebruary 13 – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CAFebruary 14 – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CAFebruary 15 – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CAFebruary 28 – Fillmore Miami at Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami, FLFebruary 29 – Bob Carr Theater – Orlando, FLMarch 1 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FLMarch 3 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, NCMarch 4 – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Asheville, NCMarch 6 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TNMarch 7 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TNMarch 8 – Palace Theatre – Louisville, KYMarch 10 – The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MNMarch 11 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, ILMarch 12 -Chicago Theatre – Chicago, ILMarch 14 – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MOMarch 15 – Orpheum Theater – Omaha, NEMarch 17 – Hoyt Sherman Place Theater – Des Moines, IAMarch 18 – Stifel Theatre – St Louis, MOMarch 20 – Roxian Theatre – Pittsburgh, PAMarch 21 – Palace Theatre – Columbus, OHMarch 23 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NYMarch 24 – Landmark Theatre – Syracuse, NYMarch 25 – Flynn Theatre – Burlington, VTView All 2020 Performance Dateslast_img read more

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