“City Power and City of Joburg will keep the lights on during Stage one load shedding,” its spokesperson Hloni Motloung said in a statement.
“Eskom will be implementing Stage one load countrywide as a result due to constrained generating capacity, however City Power and the City of Joburg will not be load shedding in Johannesburg owing following the application of a range of load limiting interventions.
“During this period of constrained supply, City Power will be getting excess capacity from the Kelvin power station and from the activation of load limiting in certain areas and of Ripple Control.
Load limiting allows City Power to remotely monitor household energy usage and curb excessive consumption using smart meters, while ripple control allows the utility to switch off energy-intensive geysers when the grid is under pressure.”
Motloung said the utility still appealed to households and businesses to continue to use electricity sparingly.
This will help minimise the potential of load shedding.
“Residents of Johannesburg are urged to switch off non-essential and energy-guzzling appliances such as geysers, stoves, heaters and pool pumps during peak hours.
“Peak periods fall between 6am, 10am, 6pm and 9pm.
“Our ability to keep the lights on during this period hinges on the support and co-operation of our customers.”
For load shedding update go to www.citypower.co.za