• November 4, 2023 12:30 am

Eskom Stage 16 Load Shedding-South Africans

Sep 29, 2023
Eskom Stage 16 Load Shedding-South Africans

Stage 16 Load Shedding-Eskom: Energy regulator Nersa is inviting the South African public and other stakeholders to voice their views on the new Eskom load shedding stages for the country in November. This is a crucial step in the process of establishing the new governing rules for Eskom load shedding in South Africa.

Eskom Stage 16 Load Shedding-South Africans

Publication of Consultation Document

Nersa initially published the consultation document on the restructuring of load shedding on August 11. The window for written comments closed on September 22.

Public Hearings Details

  • Public hearings will be conducted on digital platforms on November 2, 2023.
  • Access to these hearings will be granted only to those who register their interest to attend.
  • Anyone wishing to comment or present their views on the new load shedding schedules must register their interest by October 27, 2023.

Registration Details

  • Interested parties can register through Mr. Walter Mabunda using the following contact details:
  • Telephone Number: 012 401 4600
  • Fax Number: 012 401 4771
  • Email Address: [email protected]

Final Rules

Once finalized, the new rules will be known as the NRS 048-9 Code of Practice Edition 3. This code is primarily driven and executed by electricity utilities, gaining authority once approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) as part of the Electricity Regulations Act.

Key Changes in the Proposed Document

  • The key change in the document is the extension of load shedding stages to stage 16.
  • The new stages are expressed as a percentage of demand assumed by the System Operator at the time the stage is called, ranging from 5% at stage 1 to 80% at stage 16.
  • Unlike the current code, the proposed document doesn’t specify specific ranges (e.g., +/- 1,000MW) for load reduction.

Responsibility for Grid Stability

The responsibility for maintaining the national electricity grid’s stability lies with the National Control Centre (NCC). Utilities may assume the need for additional load reduction in the best interest of the grid.

The proposed stages are as follows:

Stage Reduction Required Through Load Shedding Reduction Required Through Curtailment
1 5% of demand 10% reduction in normal demand profile
2 10% of demand 10% reduction in normal demand profile
3 15% of demand 15% reduction in normal demand profile
4 20% of demand 20% reduction in normal demand profile
5 25% of demand 30% reduction in normal demand profile
6 30% of demand 30% reduction in normal demand profile
7 35% of demand 40% reduction in normal demand profile
8 40% of demand 40% reduction in normal demand profile
9 45% of demand 50% reduction in normal demand profile
10 50% of demand 50% reduction in normal demand profile
11 55% of demand Reduction to essential loads or as instructed by SO
12 60% of demand Reduction to essential loads or as instructed by SO
13 65% of demand Reduction to essential loads or as instructed by SO
14 70% of demand Reduction to essential loads or as instructed by SO
15 75% of demand Reduction to essential loads or as instructed by SO
16 80% of demand Reduction to essential loads or as instructed by SO

The proposed schedules also include the structure for customers who are part of the load curtailment program.

These changes signify a significant shift in load shedding stages and their management in South Africa. Public input will play a crucial role in shaping these new rules.

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