Ted Blom

Utilities Director

Ted Blom is a senior mining, energy and utilities strategist and tactician with a master’s degree in Business from Wits Business School, Commercial and Law degrees from the University of Port Elizabeth, and a PMD from Harvard Business School. In addition Ted Blom completed his Mineral Economics qualification under the auspices of Professor Dennis Buchanan from Imperial College of Mining, London.

Ted has also been grounded in Strategic Procurement Negotiations by Vantage Partners, an offspring from HBS in Boston, and finally, Ted has been tutored in Actuarial risk assessment and reduction techniques by ART in Zurich, a specialist division of the world’s largest insurer.

Ted has over 35 years’ experience in management, mining, commodities, energy  and strategy execution. In addition Ted has led numerous investigations and projects in both the mining and energy spheres and advises, lectures and consults worldwide  to companies, sovereign funds, hedge funds, investment banks, government mining ministries and investors.

During his tenure at Eskom, Ted was responsible for the internal Financial Consulting division (including tariff setting) . Since 2009, Ted has presented numerous papers to NERSA, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa on Efficiency, Electricity costs & Price paths, Impact of electricity pricing on the economy  and projected electricity price paths to 2030.

Ted Blom was also invited to deliver a paper at the Africa Utility Week Conference in Cape Town in May 2016 Titled “Cost reflective tariffs in SA – Fact or fiction” and again in 2017 , 2018 & 2019 on the status and future of Eskom & Energy in Africa.

Ted remains actively involved in the electricity debate, both on radio, TV, and in print as well as deeply involved in Energy Projects & Regulatory in SA & worldwide.

Ted Blom Joins Urban Utilities

Ted Blom joined Urban Utilities to lead an innovative “Utility Management Department” focusing on Financial Recovery Plans for Councils & Municipalities, billing strategies that would streamline the business process end to end, including the focus on renewable energy development on a broad-spectrum.The department led by Ted Blom will have a key role to play within the holistic utility scope looking at the financial management and billing processes implemented by utility suppliers and development of energy resources across South Africa, these process will allow the department to work closely with the various stakeholders on a national basis to ensure that all parties involved has a voice in the South African utility industry.

 

The department led by Ted Blom will focus on key points including:

With this strategic process, we aim to interact with all utility suppliers and stakeholders, focusing on the financial process between “Eskom, Rand Water” and their clients the Councils/Municipalities.

With 275 Councils/Municipalities in South Africa and 92% of them being in the “red” on the latest audit outcomes it’s clear that change needs to happen in the processes.

The Urban council management process aims to work with all Councils/Municipalities to allow integration of our model for sustainable financial resolutions in the billing process from Eskom/Water Supplier” that would allow for repayment strategies on all arrear accounts and accurate billing moving forward. This will assist Councils/Municipalities to have a streamlined re-payment strategy in place that would ultimately benefit the audit report for the new financial year.

Its common knowledge that all property owners, businesses and various stakeholders at one point in time will have some sort of dispute with the utility supplier (Council/Municipality), with no ideas of possible resolution that can be implemented, all this leads to pure frustration.

99% of these frustrations would be a result of negligence, incorrect billing (over billing or estimations) and has a direct impact on the property owners account with the supplier.

With the Urban Utilities account management process we can assist the property owner “Residential & Commercial” to resolve the dispute in a manner that would benefit the property owner and the supplier.

The dispute management process will allow for account resolution and settlement with an accurate billing process moving forward as part of the strategy, allowing the end user to be assured of correct billing form the supplier moving forward.

The focus of renewable energy within South Africa has come a long way over the past number of years and with the latest news from the Energy Minister that the grid would be open its evidence that the renewable energy sector has a huge role to play.

Ted Blom and the team will endeavour to strategically evolve the process to allow all South Africans to benefit from renewable energy in the long run. With a key focus on developing solutions that will allow every property owner to either receive or provide energy from a renewable source.

Follow the link below and get in touch with Ted Blom and the Urban management team if you have questions pertaining to the above

Let us assist you with your billing disputes

Dispute management (Residential & Commercial)

 

The Urban billing dispute management strategy allows us to handle account billing disputes that clients may have between themselves (property account owners) and the supplier (Council/Municipalities).

No dispute is too small or too large as we focus on the dispute itself, enabling us to review and implement a specific strategy towards the unique dispute. This combined with the dispute management process will allow us to follow the accounting trail on all utility consumptions and provide a resolution on the dispute that would be a working model between the property account owner and the utility supplier to have the account settled and brought up to date.

 

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PRICING

Utility Management

Always know what you’ll pay for accurate water meter readings

12 Months

R1100

PER METERING UNIT

Annual Meter Management

Unit Price

R900

What Is Included

1x Utility Metering Device
Daily Meter Readings
Live Access to property data
Integrated With all Councils
24h Utility support

Monthly

R100

PER METERING UNIT

Monthly Meter Management

Unit Price

R900

What Is Included

1x Utility Metering Device
Daily Meter Readings
Live Access to property data
Integrated With all Councils
24h Utility support

24 Months

R2100

PER METERING UNIT

Bi-annual Meter Management

Unit Price

R900

What Is Included

1x Utility Metering Device
Daily Meter Readings
Live Access to property data
Integrated With all Councils
24h Utility support

Learn more about our Cloud Metering

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

HOW CAN I JOIN URBAN UTILITIES?

You can join Urban Utilites and have your property utilities account managed by simply clicking on the Join Now button, by sellecting your option best suited.

WHAT COST ARE INVOLVED IN JOINING?

The cost structure are divided into 2 main sections:

Monthly Management Fees:
– Monthly fee per meter installed @ R100 p/m

 

Equipment Fees: (once off)
– Water Management Device @ R865 incl
– Electrical Management Device + electrical Kw/h meter @ R2315 incl

The above fees exclude installation fees

HOW WOULD MY METER READINGS BE TAKEN?

Urban Utilities would install a small device on either the (Water or Electrical) infrastructure that would allow us to capture all consumptions through our integrated cloud based network.

HOW DOES IT INTEGRATE WITH MY COUNCIL?

Urban Utilities developed a stable integrated process that integrates with each council, this allows for all the data as collected from the property on either (Water or Electricity) to be provided to the specific council. This all happens on a monthly basis and gets processed directly from the main Urban platform via a automated process.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED TO ALLOW FOR THE AUTOMATED READINGS?
To capture the actual consumption readings live from your property Urban Utilities would need to install a small device on either the (Water or Electrical) architecture that would allow for the actual meter data to be processed into the Urban network infrastructure.

The Urban IoT network is cloud based thus allowing for the installations to be done seamlessly and without any major changes on the property.
90% of the installation is a plug & Play and can be done by any property owner. The other 10% only comes into effect if changes on the property architecture is needed and this would need to be done by either a qualified “electrician or plumber”.

WHERE WOULD I BE ABLE TO VIEW MY PROPERTIES UTILITIES DATA?

Urban Utilities designed a state of the art “National Utilities Portal” that allows for direct interaction between the actual property data, the property owner and the the utilities provider.
This process allows for direct interaction between all parties, thus allow the flow of true and accurate information and utilities data to be processed 24/7 365 days of the year directly from the utilities portal.

Access to the “National Utilities Portal” can be obtained by registering on the national platform
Click here to register and Join Urban Utilities

Storage Tank Management

Storage tank level indication at your finger tips

12 Months

R1200

PER STORAGE TANK / ANNUALLY

Annual Storage Tank Management

Unit Price

R2 265.50 

What Is Included

1x Storage Tank Device
Real Time Storage Tank Levels
Live Access To Storage Tank Data
Integrated Stock Control Process
Full Reporting Platform
Real Time Level Wornings
24h support

Monthly

R100

PER STORAGE TANK / MONTHLY

Monthly Storage Tank Management

Unit Price

R2 265.50 

What Is Included

1x Storage Tank Device
Real Time Storage Tank Levels
Live Access To Storage Tank Data
Integrated Stock Control Process
Full Reporting Platform
Real Time Level Wornings
24h support

24 Months

R2400

PER STORAGE TANK / BI-ANNUALLY

Bi-annual Storage Tank Management

Unit Price

R2 265.50 

What Is Included

1x Storage Tank Device
Real Time Storage Tank Levels
Live Access To Storage Tank Data
Integrated Stock Control Process
Full Reporting Platform
Real Time Level Wornings
24h support

Learn more about our Storage Tank Management

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

HOW CAN I JOIN URBAN UTILITIES?

You can join Urban Utilites and have your tank level account managed by simply clicking on the Join Now button, by sellecting your option best suited.

WHAT COST ARE INVOLVED IN JOINING?

The cost structure are divided into 2 main sections:

Monthly Management Fees:
– Monthly fee per meter installed @ R100 p/m

 

Equipment Fees: (once off)
– Tank Level Management Device
@ R2265.50 incl

 

The above fees exclude installation fees

HOW WOULD MY TANK LEVELS BE MANAGED?

All tank levels are managed through our state of the art IoT “LSM” unit. The unit forms part of the smart level sensing network that transmit all the relevant data into the cloud in realtime, this allows for valuable insight into the current tank status with loads of extra functionalities available to the user.

Read more about this on our product page by clicking here

HOW DOES IT INTEGRATE ON THE NETWORK?

The “LSM” units communicate onto our secure Urban IoT network, this process takes place in realtime to provide accurate and realtime information to the client.

All “LSM” units are free of any wiring and do not need to have electricity to operate, thus they can be implemented completely independently, where ever you need them the most even if its in rural areas.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED TO ALLOW FOR THE AUTOMATED TANK LEVEL MANAGEMENT?

To capture the actual tank level information live from your storage tanks, Urban Utilities would need to install a small device on storage tanks that would allow for the actual data to be processed into the Urban network infrastructure.

The Urban IoT network is cloud based thus allowing for the installations to be done seamlessly and without any major changes in the infrastructure.

90% of the installation is a plug & Play and can be done by any property owner. The other 10% only comes into effect if changes on the architecture are needed and this would need to be done by either a qualified “installer”.

 

Read more about this on our product page by clicking here

WHERE WOULD I BE ABLE TO VIEW MY TANK LEVEL DATA?

Urban Utilities designed a state of the art “Tank Level Management System” that allows for direct interaction between the actual tank level data and the client, this all takes place through our Urban Tank Portal

This process allows for direct interaction between all parties, thus allowing the flow of true and accurate information and tank level data to be processed 24/7 365 days of the year directly from the interactive tank level portal

Access to the “NTank Level Portal” can be obtained by registering on the national platform
Click here to register and Join Urban Utilities

Geyser Burst Management

Detect geyser burst and prevent water damage

12 Months

R1200

PER GEYSER / ANNUALLY

Annual Geyser Management

Unit Price

R2 288.50

What Is Included

1x Geyser Device
Real Time Geyser Valve Control
Real Time Burst Wornings
(SMS, Email & Push Notifications)
Real Time Leak Detection
Full Reporting Platform
24h support

Monthly

R100

PER GEYSER / MONTHLY

Monthly Geyser Management

Unit Price

R2 288.50

What Is Included

1x Geyser Device
Real Time Geyser Valve Control
Real Time Burst Wornings
(SMS, Email & Push Notifications)
Real Time Leak Detection
Full Reporting Platform
24h support

24 Months

R2400

PER GEYSER / BI-ANNUALLY

Bi-annual Geyser Management

Unit Price

R2 288.50

What Is Included

1x Geyser Device
Real Time Geyser Valve Control
Real Time Burst Wornings
(SMS, Email & Push Notifications)
Real Time Leak Detection
Full Reporting Platform
24h support

Learn more about our Geyser Management

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

HOW CAN I JOIN URBAN UTILITIES?

You can join Urban Utilites and have your property geyser managed by simply clicking on the Join Now button, by sellecting your option best suited.

WHAT COST ARE INVOLVED IN JOINING?

The cost structure are divided into 2 main sections:

Monthly Management Fees:
– Monthly fee per meter installed @ R100 p/m

 

Equipment Fees: (once off)
– Geyser Management Device @ R2288.50 incl

The above fees exclude installation fees

HOW WOULD MY GEYSER BE MAMANGED?

The geyser management units are designed for control over the water management process that takes place on the geyser itself.

In the case of a geyser burst or leak the number one issue that comes into play would be the possibility of water damage caused by the leak or a burst geyser. The geyser units act as a water detection device that shuts off the water in the event that a burst or leak in the geyser is detected.

The Urban management system then controls that actions around the possible geyser burst and leak by processing early warning messages to the property owner of the event via (sms, email and push notifications) through the urban portal.

The Geyser unit also allows for integration to your insurance provider by allowing the data to be processed to them in the event of a geyser burst or leak that will assist with immediate repairs and claims in the process.

HOW DOES IT INTEGRATE WITH MY INSURANCE PROVIDER?

We have an integration process that takes place with the insurance providers in South Africa that allow for each geyser management device installed to be processed and linked on the policy of each client in accordance with the policy process in place.

This will allow for the data process to take place between the geyser management device and the insurance provider.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED TO ALLOW FOR MY GEYSER TO BE MANAGED?

To manage a geyser live from your property Urban Utilities would need to install a small device on the geyser architecture that would allow for the actual geyser to be managed and the data to be processed into the Urban network infrastructure.

The Urban IoT network is cloud based thus allowing for the installations to be done seamlessly and without any major changes in the properties geyser architecture.

90% of the installation is a plug & Play and can be done by any property owner. The other 10% only comes into effect if changes on the property architecture are needed and this would need to be done by a qualified plumber.

WHERE WOULD I BE ABLE TO VIEW MY PROPERTIES GEYSER DATA?

Urban Utilities designed a state of the art “National Utilities Portal” that allows for direct interaction between the actual property data that includes the geyser infrastructure, the property owner and the insurance providers.
This process allow the flow of true and accurate information and utilities / geayser data to be processed 24/7 365 days of the year directly from the Urban utilities portal.

Access to the “National Utilities Portal” can be obtained by registering on the national platform
Click here to register and Join Urban Utilities

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