Electrical Utility distribution network capital planning – a network reliability informed approach to prioritising investment for economic sustainability.

on Tuesday, 30 April 2013. Posted in Current Publications

This paper informs on a fundamental issue experienced in the planning and funding of electricity supply networks in South Africa; the contentious question of prioritising capital planning investment spend in an economically sustainable way, while still achieving universal access and supply of electricity to all South Africans. The trade-off between investment for performance at all costs relative to economic sense and sensibility is investigated.

The approach is based on a quantitative modelling approach based on network reliability, cost of un- served energy and revenue relative to investment costs and return on investment in network performance terms.

The methodology and outcomes obtained in such a way is described such that utility investment strategies can apply these principles in practice.

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