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Energize AI might help Eskom function more optimally
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AI might help Eskom function more optimally

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South Africa presents itself as the perfect candidate for the Xpress Optimization as it has had an ongoing energy crisis leading to loadshedding, dating back to 2007. This product can move computing of even the largest energy providers to the cloud, develop new business opportunities and power up global decisioning processes. South Africa is the perfect candidate because the country has suffered four periods of scheduled outages since the 2007. According to the CSIR Energy Centre, loadshedding has cost the economy as much as R338-billion. In 2019 alone, the country experienced 530 hours without power, at a cost of about R120-billion. The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which was introduced as part of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-30, was to provide 17,8 GW of renewable energy by 2030. The plan was later updated to diversify the energy mix to address the insufficient energy capacity problem. But despite these efforts, South Africa finds itself on the backfoot as the Covid-19 outbreak has forced the country pause its economy. Loadshedding is expected to continue for a further few months to ease the load on Eskom once the lockdown ends.

Contact Vuyo Jacobs, Britespark Communication, Tel 010 00-0113, vuyo@britespark.co.za

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