South Africa 17.6.2014 06:00 am

Eskom calls for restraint to limit outages

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Power utility Eskom continued its call for residential customers to reconsider their electricity usage as the power grid was expected to be “extremely tight” over evening peaks for the next few months.

“Eskom calls on all consumers to help beat the peak over the next few months by using electricity sparingly, particularly between 5pm and 9pm. We request all electricity customers to save at least 10% of their electricity usage and sustain these savings,” the utility said yesterday.

Higher demand owing to colder weather conditions was again the chief cause for concern amid ongoing unplanned outages that the utility seems to have been at pains to bring under control lately.

Capacity available to meet yesterday evening’s peak demand stood at 33 918MW, with demand forecast at 32 980MW.

The planned maintenance figure stood at 3 838MW, while unplanned outages had ballooned to 5 600MW – well outside Eskom’s standard unplanned outage allowance of 4 500MW.

Demand was expected to reach just under and over 35 000MW today and tomorrow respectively, before trailing off to 33 250MW on Friday and to 32 150MW on Sunday.

“(Electricity savings) will make it significantly easier to manage the power system during this challenging time, while enabling us to do planned maintenance to ensure the reliability of our plant,” Eskom reminded.

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