“There is currently no load shedding taking place as Eskom has adequate generating capacity to meet the demand in electricity,” Eskom said in a statement.
“However, the power system is expected to be constrained during the evening peak period (5pm to 9pm) mainly as a result of increased electricity demand. As we are currently experiencing cold weather conditions across the country, we urge electricity users to consider energy efficient ways of keeping warm.”
The power utility said in winter the electricity demand peaked in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times. Eskom appealed to our customers to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but the be more aware of the need to save more during the peak periods from 6am to 10am and then again 5pm to 9pm.
“Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours,” Eskom said.
On Monday, Eskom moved from from stage 1 to stage 2 load shedding.
Stage 2 load shedding meant Eskom needs to reduce 2000 MW of demand from the grid.