Why Dr. Are Improved Energy Security, Cost Reflective Tariffs And More Integration

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7. Conclusion and recommendation
This chapter provides an overview of this project, makes recommendations and suggests further research areas.
7.1. Overview
DR is playing a big part in utilities around the world and is set to become even bigger, enabled by the smart grid and the increase in penetration of DERs. South Africa has already started on this journey and has several DR programmes running in the industrial sector, mainly the larger consumers. The smaller industrial, commercial and residential sectors remain largely untapped but have great potential. The stability of the national grid will depend on larger integration of DR into all sectors.
The benefits of DR are improved energy security, cost-reflective tariffs and more integration of DERs, including renewable energy sources. DR is required to drive the transition from a centralised power system to a decentralised, low carbon power system. Technology, data analytics and computing enable the smart grid, opening the door for effective and automated DR. There are however some significant challenges that need to be addressed and lessons to be learnt to realise the full potential of DR.
Various mines in the coal mining industry were used to quantify the potential for DR in the sector and included a mix of both open-pit and underground mines. Each of the typical process flows was discussed as well as a thorough analysis of their electrical energy usage and costs. This led to the identification of DRAs as well as a…

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