GIS – 14 December, 2018: A workshop focusing on the Smart Grid Roadmap for Mauritius was held yesterday at Le Méridien Hotel, in Pointe Aux Piments. The Roadmap will serve as a blueprint to guide the Central Electricity Board (CEB) in terms of integrating specific technologies into the CEB power system for enhanced reliability, safety and security and resilience.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo was present at the workshop which had as objective to offer a platform for the sharing of findings and recommendations of Energy Strategy and Technology Associates International with various stakeholders on the timely adoption of Smart Grid technology in such a way so as to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks for utility.
In essence, the Smart Grid Roadmap will help the utility to transition from the current state to a timely adoption of Smart Grid technology as well as enable the CEB to address the business objectives and mitigate the risks by successfully adopting and implementing modern technologies.
The Roadmap has contributed to meet the following key objectives of the CEB: improved power system reliability and security; optimised operational efficiency; optimised energy efficiency; intelligent integration of the actions of all users, systems and devices; enhanced customers’ services and billing accuracy and increased penetration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and integration of RES into the Transmission System.
It is recalled that to support Government in accelerating the development of solar PV power generation, the United Nations Development Program, with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility, signed in 2011, the project document entitled ‘Removal of barriers to PV electricity generation in Mauritius, Rodrigues and the Outer Islands’.
The aim is to accelerate sustainable on-grid PV electricity generation in Mauritius by leveraging USD 17.5 million in private sector investment over its four-year implementation period. This, in turn, is expected to generate direct global benefits of almost 13,295 tons of CO2 over the same period, and almost 5,318 tons CO2/year thereafter, to avoid greenhouse gas emissions. It is envisaged that this project will enable Mauritius to meet its target of 2% of electricity generation from on-grid PV by 2025, as established in its Long Term Energy Strategy 2009-2025.
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