Alliance to Save Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy strives to be the world's premier organization promoting energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security. To achieve this goal, the Alliance to Save Energy: leads world-wide energy efficiency initiatives in research, policy advocacy, education, technology deployment, education and communications that impact all sectors of the economy; provides vision and activism through its Board of Directors, which includes leaders from business, government, the public interest sector and academia; initiates and participates in public-private partnerships, collaborative efforts and strategic alliances to optimi...
Aug 19, 2013

August 2013 Update/ending of project on site

Thank You for Your Support!

The Alliance to Save Energy would like to thank YOU for donating to our water and energy saving project in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in South Africa.

When we embarked on GlobalGiving, we did not know what to expect and were happy to see the initial interest our project generated from people like you.  It served as a great platform to tell the story of saving water and energy in Nelson Mandela Bay’s water utility. Many cities across the world face similar issues: water leaks, high energy bills to distribute water to everyone in the system, and aging equipment and infrastructure, coupled with limited budget or technical capacity to fix these problems. Through this campaign, we aimed to raise awareness about these issues and illustrate potential solutions and benefits to cities and the citizens.

As a result of our project so far:

  • Data for 37 pump and motor sets was collected from 11 pump stations.
  • Twelve water and wastewater pump stations were inspected.
  • Eleven pump stations were identified for greater efficiency potential.
  • Five specialized testing equipment for measuring flows and recording electricity usage was purchased.

We are strategically focusing our efforts on continuing implementation of the project and want to inform you that we are closing down our GlobalGiving page. This does not mean our project is ending. On the contrary, we still have more energy and water saving work to do.  We sincerely thank the donors and have applied the money we received to acquire some of the testing equipment needed to measure energy use and detect failing components in utility facilities. 

We would love to stay in touch, and there are a number of ways you can stay involved.  First, we invite you to visit our website to learn about more projects like this one. Second, you can continue to follow the Alliance to Save Energy’s work by signing up for our newsletter. Thank you again for your support!


Your Friends at the Alliance to Save Energy

Apr 9, 2013

Help 1 million South Africans Save Water & Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy continues to work to secure more funds to further support our project in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Last month, in honor of South Africa Water Week, the Alliance sent out an email solicitation to supporters seeking donations. We produced a video that is currently on our web site ( that we hope will continue to promote this important project.

Specialized Equipment Used for Testing

We continue to work on inspecting and assessing pump stations throughout the Municipality. The team uses the specialized testing equipment that was purchased last year for measuring flows and recording electricity usage at selected pump stations.  We are in the process of drafting more assessment reports.

As more funding comes in we will be able to expand our inspections of all pipelines and pump stations.  We look forward to implementing our proposed efficiency interventions that would include optimizing pumping operations and supply zones, replacing plant and equipment, redesigning and replacing switchgear, rescheduling pumping operations, and returning pumps to best efficiency point.

Jan 3, 2013

December 2012 Report

Help 1 million South Africans Save Water & Energy #10159

Since the last report, the Alliance to Save Energy was awarded additional funds from the Energy Efficiency Partnership (EEP) to further support our project in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The EEP promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology investments. Out of the 148 project concept papers EEP received, the Alliance’s concept note was one of 28 chosen to complete a full proposal.

While this additional funding will offset some of the costs of the project, the Alliance team is in need of continued financial support in order to complete the project. After successful implementation in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, this model could be used to expand into other municipalities in South Africa – reaching far more than the original 1 million people in the NMBMM.

Overview of Proposal submitted to EEP

The Alliance proposes to implement a municipal pumping efficiency project that would involve the detailed assessment, measurement and calculation of potential energy savings, design of remedial work and partial implementation of efficiency interventions in water and sewer pump stations using a performance contracting approach in which accrued savings over an agreed to period are used to finance the required intervention measures; this contracting mechanism would also include an operations and maintenance period. The project would initially be implemented in Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in order to refine the methodology and demonstrate success, thereafter with potential to expand and scale up to the other metropolitan municipalities in South Africa.

Proposed efficiency interventions could include optimizing pumping operations and supply zones, replacing plant and equipment, redesigning and replacing switchgear, rescheduling pumping operations, and returning pumps to best efficiency point.

This project will lead to far-reaching, fundamental changes in the operation and maintenance of pump stations at the local government level, with benefits to the economy, local government, demand for electricity, and also measurable mitigation of international concerns relating to greenhouse gas emissions. Due to improved maintenance of the pumping infrastructure, downtime and failure of pump stations will be minimized and thus additional environmental benefits relating to the avoidance of sewage spillage and water quality of natural watercourses will also be achieved.