• November 7, 2023 1:26 pm

Changes in Load Shedding Blocks in Johannesburg

Nov 7, 2023
Changes in Load Shedding Blocks in Johannesburg

Eskom, the power utility, has delegated the responsibility of managing load shedding operations for significant portions of Johannesburg to City Power, the municipal electricity provider.

Changes in Load Shedding Blocks in Johannesburg

This transition empowers the city to oversee load shedding in most of its areas of supply, a task previously managed by Eskom.

This handover will allow the city to make decisions regarding which areas to exclude from load shedding, aligning with Eskom’s megawatt requirements, particularly in scenarios where the power system faces severe strain.

Economic Impact:

In a statement, MMC Jack Sekwaila explained the significance of this move, emphasizing the impact of load shedding on the city’s economy.

The city’s aim is to attract investments, preserve jobs, and mitigate the grueling effects of load shedding on every sector within the city.

The city will be able to tailor load shedding to meet its specific needs, which include safeguarding essential services and sustaining economic activities.

Smooth Transition:

City Power CEO Tshifularo Mashava emphasized the preparations made for this transition. She highlighted that simulations and network reconfiguration had been conducted to ensure a seamless shift to the new schedule.

The gradual exclusion of industrial and large business customers had already begun, extending to essential services such as health facilities and water.

Efforts were also underway to further exclude essential services from load shedding.

Technical Challenges:

Despite the transition’s intentions, there have been challenges. Information shared with ward councillors revealed that technical errors occurred during the onboarding of the new schedule, primarily due to the midnight overlapping transition.

City Power spokesman Isaac Mangena acknowledged customer concerns, especially in the northern suburbs, and assured that they were working to rectify these technical errors.

The new schedule’s structure consists of 16 blocks, and each block will only repeat after all 16 blocks have been load-shed in a single day, which could lead to variations in the schedule.

Impact on Load Shedding Schedule:

As a result of this transition, load shedding blocks within the city will change, impacting the schedule for areas supplied by City Power.

Despite the stage of load shedding, these areas will remain on a two-hour schedule, even during stages 5 and above.

Heading Towards Improved Load Shedding Management:

City Power’s assumption of load shedding operations marks a significant step toward more localized and adaptable load shedding management.

It enables the city to make strategic decisions to protect essential services and mitigate economic repercussions.

However, the initial transition may involve technical challenges that are being addressed to ensure a smoother implementation.

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