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Eskom Plan For Controlling Electricity Supply in Every South African Home

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Eskom Plan For Controlling Electricity Supply in Every South African Home

Eskom Plan For Controlling Electricity Supply: Eskom’s strategy to remotely manage household electricity consumption by deploying smart meters is progressing rapidly. The utility recently conducted a successful pilot program in the Four ways area and now plans to extend the installation of smart meters across the nation.

Eskom Plan For Controlling Electricity Supply in Every South African Home

During Eskom’s recent State of the System briefing, the company outlined its objectives to reduce load-shedding in the coming months.

In addition to enhancing the performance of its generation fleet, Eskom is focusing on optimizing residential electricity demand through smart meter installations. According to Monde Bala, Eskom’s group executive for distribution, the rollout of smart meters to households will continue as part of Eskom’s demand-side management program.

These smart meters grant Eskom the capability to remotely manage electricity demand from households, facilitating load management and alleviating grid stress during peak hours.

Eskom’s goal is to equip every South African household with a smart meter, an endeavor estimated to cost R16 billion and span four years. These smart meters enable two-way communication, empowering Eskom to regulate power supply to homes.

By reducing the current to 10 amps from the usual 60 amps, essential appliances like lights, TVs, and WiFi routers can continue to operate, ensuring a basic level of comfort. Furthermore, this reduction helps keep traffic lights operational.

However, energy-intensive devices like geysers, microwaves, and kettles won’t function during periods of reduced current.

A pilot program in Fourways demonstrated successful electricity consumption management by Eskom’s system operator, effectively reducing residents’ energy usage when necessary.

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has voiced support for the initiative, emphasizing that households consume roughly 16% of Eskom’s installed capacity, which increases to 35% during peak times, with half of that attributed to geysers.

Turning off geysers during idle periods aims to contribute to resolving the energy crisis, saving up to 3,500 MW of electricity. The government intends to reduce geyser-related demand by a minimum of 1,000 MW.

This initiative, along with the smart meter installation estimated at R3,000 per household, is expected to result in significant electricity savings within five months. A major financier is anticipated to collaborate with the government to facilitate the smart meter rollout and provide financing for less affluent households.

Ramokgopa stressed the importance of collective efforts to address load-shedding and encouraged South Africans to participate willingly in energy conservation measures. The government is committed to resolving the Eskom load-shedding issue, with shared responsibility among all stakeholders.

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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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