The solution to South Africa’s power crisis lies in the ability of the country to become more energy efficient, says Schneider Electric CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire.
“If we optimize energy efficiency we wouldn’t need increased power generation,” said Tricoire.
For South Africa to remain globally competitive and encourage foreign direct investment, a regulatory framework and reliable source of energy is necessary, he added.
“Reliability is critical when it comes to energy, and it is something that needs to be maintained even during blackouts or load shedding.”
Tricoire said the company was focused on finding and implementing solutions to SA’s power crisis, with an eye on data centre power management.
“Data centres have a lot of room for efficiency, and we are trying to solve that problem not only in South Africa but around the world.”
“While energy efficiency has certainly improved over the last decade, we are still investing a lot of our research into it, while aiming to help customers make the most of their energy.”