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Development Through Energy

There is such a strong link between energy consumption per capita and GDP per capita that few can doubt that the provision of energy is a necessary factor to ensure economic development – necessary but not sufficient. Most agree that economic development is something to be desired – more jobs, less poverty and better health should be the outcomes.

The question then arises as to whether development can be “sustainable.” It is generally agreed that sustainability has three dimensions, economic, social and environmental. Some believe it should be economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources, but this seems impossible to achieve. Nevertheless, it clouds much policy thinking, so that, for example, all coal-derived energy is perceived as being unsustainable even though it meets many economic and social criteria.

South Africa is not alone in having this debate. It is being played out around the world in almost every nation. But it is particularly acute in South Africa, where our growth has stagnated, our population has swollen, and much of our energy infrastructure is ageing. We need development, and for that we are going to need energy.

That energy is needed for industry and commerce. Too often we are told of new energy supplies that will meet the needs of thousands of households. However, households consume a little over one third of the electricity produced in South Africa. Commerce and industry consume well over half, and it is commerce and industry that bring about development.

That is why our Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy conference is so important. We need to find ways to ensure that industry and commerce get the energy they need, at a justifiable price, and of the quality that they demand. We need to make as certain as possible that our huge investment in the energy sector is used wisely and well. Could there be better reasons for meeting?


Full details will be posted on the Conference webpage,, as the programme evolves. The outline is:

13 August 09h00 Registration opens 12h00
09h30 – 13h00 Industrial visit
14h00 – 14h30 Opening of conference
14h30 – 17h00 Conference papers
17h30 Meet & greet cocktail party
14 August  09h00 – 17h00 Conference papers
18h00 – 21h00 Conference dinner
15 August  09h00 – 13h00 Conference papers
13h00 – 14h00 Lunch
14h00 – 14h30 Awards for Best Papers, Closure


  1. Future demand for energy
  2. Major industrial and commercial projects and their energy demands
  3. Sustainable use of energy
  4. Opportunities and threats from the restructuring of the energy supply industry

Submission of abstracts and papers

Submission of abstracts of about 200 words prior to paper submission is appreciated
1 June 2018 Submission of final paper in accordance with ICUE guidelines.
(For guidelines go to

Acceptance of paper: Within four weeks of submission
Participants at workshops only need to submit an abstract by 1 June 2018 and a document with more detail about the presentation by 30 July 2018.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Attendance qualifies for two CPD points for professional registration with ECSA

Workshop on Distributed Generation in Industry

Distributed generation is becoming more and more widespread in industry in South Africa.  The largest installation is probably the 150MW gas-fired plant at Sasol Secunda, which has been operational since 2013, and permits Sasol to generate 60% of its own power.   Early in 2015 there were some 200 privately-owned PV systems the largest of which was delivering 1.8MW, and which in total were delivering over 20MW.  With the continued fall in the price of cells, more and more companies are interested in own generation.  They already have backup diesel-generators in many instances, many of which have stood idle for years.

With the wider spread of distributed generation, there are clearly threats to the revenues of both Eskom and municipalities.  NERSA evidently believes some form of regulation is necessary, for which others see little justification.  This workshop aims to bring together those interested in these questions in an attempt to find a way forward.



Exhibition space is available at very competitive rates for companies servicing the energy supply to the commercial and industrial sectors . Please contact the Secretariat at if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

For Authors

Registration fees

Registration fee ranges from R5 500 (USD 450) down to R3 600 (USD 330).

Full Conference fee R5 500
Flat Conference fee for IEEE members (no further discounts apply)
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R4 000
Full Industrial visit fee R300
Full Dinner fee R300
The following discounts apply to the full conference fee only:
Presenting Authors 10%
Full time academics 10%
Full time students 20%
Early bird Net fee less 10% if paid before 19 June

Limited funds are available for the registration fees of deserving delegates in financial need.
Conference fees are payable before or on 28 July 2018.

Document archive

Links to the document archive with additional instructions.


Industrial & Commercial Use of Energy Secretariat
Tel: +27 21 959-4330
Fax +27 86 778 0257

Convenor: Prof Philip Lloyd
Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Conference Venue

Sports Science Institute of South Africa
Boundry Road, Newlands,
Cape Town, 7725

Paper template
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Programme and venue information

The programme gives the times and titles of presentations while the programme outline gives an overview of the presenters and all aspects of the conference including the industrial visit on the 13th and the conference dinner on the 14th

The programme and programme outline may be updated. Please check back.

The programme can be found here

Social programme

Please see the social programme including industrial visit here and confirm your attendance.


Sports Science Institute of South Africa
Boundry Road, Newlands, Cape Town, 7725

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