Over the past 21 years the "Domestic Use of Energy
Conference” (DUE) has presented a forum for professionals,
practitioners and end-users in all fields of domestic
energy to discuss the latest developments in the effective
use of energy in the residential sector. The importance of
energy conservation is now widely recognised, especially
as South Africa is facing rapidly increasing energy costs.
Although generating capacity is increasing, there is great
benefit in doing everything possible to reduce the
increase in demand. Energy conservation has always
been high on the agenda of the DUE conferences.
DUE conferences have over the years followed the energy
needs of South Africa. The focus has shifted from the
provision of electrical energy to South Africa’s underprivileged
society and all the societal and financial challenges
this brings to energy efficiency generally and the current
Demand Side Management protocols.
The issues now addressed at DUE include sustainable
energy provision; smart control systems, appropriate legislation
and its implementation; the role of renewables;
off-grid electricity supply and power purchase agreements
through the tendering process. These challenges
are particularly marked in the rural and remote areas of
developing countries. Papers and workshops are targeted
at establishing problem-solving partnerships where
suppliers, distributors, generators and users of energy,
together with academia, will aim to speed up the provision
and effective use of residential energy. Energy efficiency,
consumer attitudes and behaviour, education and
marketing are but a few of the factors that will be debated
in detail at the conference.
Download the DUE 2013 Pamflet.