Karel Steyn

Track K: Energy Data, Analytics, and Tracking
Wed/PM 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Energy & Carbon Management Consultant
KS Consulant
South Africa
M&V Lessons Learned

This presentation explores the importance of learning from mistakes and failures, as exemplified by the famous quote from Thomas Edison, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." However, the difficulty lies in the fact that mistakes made by others are often not shared, making it hard to learn from them. The presentation aims to change that by sharing a collection of "M&V Lessons Learned," which cover important lessons gathered from managing the function on behalf of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) and advising the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) on projects submitted for the local EE tax incentives between 2005 and the present day. While the presentation references mistakes made in South Africa, they most likely also occurred elsewhere in the world. The presentation emphasizes the importance of sharing ideas, information, and knowledge and how this has contributed to South Africa's leadership in the M&V field.

Karel is an Energy & Carbon Management Consultant with extensive experience in M&V, Energy Efficiency, Carbon Mitigation & Adaptation, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification. He is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, and an Engineering Council of South Africa Registered Professional Engineering Technologist. He is the Chair of the Measurement and Verification Council for Africa and the Chair of the South African National Accreditation System Specialist Technical Committee for M&V Inspection Bodies. Additionally, he is a panelist for evaluating energy efficiency tax incentive projects, representing South Africa in the Cleaner Energy Ministerial, and serves on the African AEE Certification Board. He established and managed the National South African M&V function with over 2,000 projects at its peak, and assisted in developing the first-ever National and International M&V Standards while consulting with various government agencies, departments, funders, and interest groups. He now also consults in the industrial, mining and commercial sectors and is passionate about energy management and working towards carbon net zero.

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