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Eskom Expands Initiative to Regulate Electricity Supply in All South African Homes

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Eskom Expands Initiative to Regulate Electricity Supply in All South African Homes

Eskom, the South African utility company, is extending its deployment of smart meters, which restrict household electricity consumption, to Riverside View in Johannesburg. Following a successful pilot program in Fourways, Eskom is pursuing this initiative as part of its demand-side management strategy, alongside efforts to enhance its power generation capabilities to alleviate load shedding.

Eskom Expands Initiative to Regulate Electricity Supply in All South African Homes

Challenges and Success in Fourways

The initial rollout in Fourways faced certain challenges that Eskom addressed during the pilot program’s progress. The utility company maintained active engagement with residents and dispatched technical teams to address customer concerns. Despite these initial hurdles, Fourways residents embraced the smart meter program, paving the way for its expansion.

Smart Meter Functionality

Smart meters enable two-way communication, granting Eskom the ability to limit a home’s power supply. By reducing current from 60 amps to 10 amps, essential appliances like lights, TVs, and Wi-Fi routers can continue to operate. However, energy-intensive devices such as geysers, microwaves, and kettles will be unavailable for use.

National Rollout Plans

Eskom aims to deploy smart meters in every South African household, with an estimated cost of R16 billion over four years. This ambitious plan aligns with efforts to optimize electricity consumption.

Geysers, which account for half of residential power usage, will be a primary focus, with plans to switch them off when not in use. These measures aim to save up to 3,500 MW of electricity, with a goal of reducing geyser-related demand by at least 1,000 MW.

Cost and Financing

The installation of a smart meter costs approximately R3,000, with projected savings in electricity consumption expected to recoup this investment within five months. To facilitate the smart meter rollout, a significant financier will collaborate with the government, providing financing options for economically disadvantaged households.

Government’s Perspective

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa emphasized the importance of collective efforts to address load shedding. While acknowledging the government’s primary role, he stressed that all stakeholders, including citizens, must contribute to resolving this energy crisis. The goal is to promote responsible energy consumption, ultimately benefiting consumers and alleviating the load shedding issue.

Public Debate

In response to concerns about mandating appliance shutdowns, Minister Ramokgopa emphasized the necessity of collective action and shared responsibility in resolving load shedding. He urged citizens to view these measures as a genuine commitment to tackling the problem collaboratively.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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