South Africa 3.7.2014 05:45 pm

Eskom expects increased electricity demand

FILE PHOTO. Power lines are seen at sunset over Industria West, Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PHOTO. Power lines are seen at sunset over Industria West, Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

The demand for electricity is expected to increase into next week, due to cold weather forecast for Gauteng over the weekend, Eskom’s said on Thursday.

In a statement released this afternoon, Eskom said that 34 645 MW of capacity was available to meet Thursday night’s peak forecasted demand of 32 388 MW.

While the 2 250 MW difference is far higher than usual, load shedding is still a possibility if there are any sudden outages on the utility’s ageing generation plants.

The utility reiterated its call for all consumers to reduce their electricity usage by 10%, particularly between peak hours of 5pm and 9pm. Eskom has stated repeatedly that such sustained savings would allow it to close off more capacity for planned maintenance as a means of lowering occurrences of unplanned outages.

Peak demand was expected to drop to just under 30 700 MW tomorrow, before rising to just over 32 000 MW on Sunday and then climbing to 34 600 MW on Monday.

 

 

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