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Demand for electricity increasing

2012-06-07 16:30

Johannesburg - Demand for electricity has increased as cold weather sets in, Eskom said on Thursday.

The effect is particularly noticeable during evening peak hours from 17:00 to 21:00.

"The most critical period within this peak is from 5pm until 7pm as a large number of customers return home from work," it said in a system status bulletin.

"Eskom has made planned maintenance of its power stations a priority."

The power utility has been making significant progress with its programme of preventative maintenance to help stabilise the power system.

Total demand on Thursday evening was forecast to reach 34 274 megawatts (MW).

Eskom had 36 847 MW of capacity available, including from open cycle gas turbines.

Current planned maintenance accounted for a further 3 365 MW. Unplanned outages affected 2 990 MW.

On Wednesday, peak demand of 33 698 MW was met with an available capacity of 36 703 MW.

Demand and capacity figures were similar for Monday and Tuesday.

Peak demand for the rest of the week was forecast to reach 32 289 MW on Friday, 31 529 MW on Saturday, 32 176 MW on Sunday, 34 386 MW on Monday, 34 271 MW on Tuesday and 34 227 MW on Wednesday.

"We urge all South Africans to partner with us to keep the lights off and save 10% of their electricity usage," the utility said.

This will make it easier to manage the power system, enabling Eskom to carry out planned maintenance of its plants.

Comments
  • Henk - 2012-06-07 16:47

    Realy? Wow Eskom you are so clever!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-07 18:03

      Was just about to say.... "Duh!".

  • Ken - 2012-06-07 16:51

    Hells Bells, who would have thought. Surprised this hasn't made international headlines.

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-06-07 16:52

    So. If we lose 5% capacity...we are buggered? Like say another unplanned outage or shutdown?

  • Warren - 2012-06-07 16:55

    Rather logical one would think due to the cold,what's upsetting is the govt persist with one supplier and expects the consumer to have the proverbial gun held against the head and to f- on forth,its about time we open electrical supply to the private sector and overseas investment,(without the need for interference and back-handers)

  • Tawizee - 2012-06-07 16:58

    people at eskom needs to get a life.

  • Tawizee - 2012-06-07 16:58

    people at eskom needs to get a life.

  • Tawizee - 2012-06-07 16:58

    people at eskom needs to get a life.

  • Gerhard - 2012-06-07 17:06

    In winter this is news? Amazing, whether it is a paratatal, education or healthcare..... when the new executives screw up we have to partner to sort out the problem? Why dont they listen at the START of the process? I have seen all this first hand having consulted at senior corporate level and to a few of our new moneyed elite. Some nice guys around but when it comes to performance.......

  • jim.beattie.509 - 2012-06-07 17:44

    Eskoms duty is to supply power, so supply it, and stop bleating how people use it, when they use, and why they use it. If i ran my business the way Eskom runs theirs i would be out of business. I don't want to hear the obvious, get on with doing a proper job, and stop whining like little girls. Pathetic.

      Carl - 2012-06-07 18:22

      Well said!I also want to add that as a consumer I also pay for it..

      Gary - 2012-06-07 22:51

      The only whining I can hear is from you Jim. Eskom are not whining, they are trying to manage a problem that stemmed mainly from Government pressing for IPP's with no clear policies in place. It is not a problem that can be fixed overnight.... building new power stations is not like poping down to Builders Warehouse and buying a generator. They are building power stations but in the meantime there is a shortage of power ... so what do u expect them to do.. say nothing.. .and then listen to you whine when there are blackout and you say "Eskom are useless, why didn't they tell us there is shortage leading to the risk of blackouts and we could have saved more". Me thinks you would just whine no matter what happens.

      wo0two0t - 2012-06-08 15:10

      Gary Eskom have had this problem for years... the way they (Eskom/Government)are dealing with this isn’t the quickest/best solution in many people’s eyes - it’s the best solution for them. You can get a wind or solar plant up in a much quicker time that it takes to build a coal or nuclear plants. Surly there are better ways of doing this look at Germany for instance?

  • jim.beattie.509 - 2012-06-07 17:44

    Eskoms duty is to supply power, so supply it, and stop bleating how people use it, when they use, and why they use it. If i ran my business the way Eskom runs theirs i would be out of business. I don't want to hear the obvious, get on with doing a proper job, and stop whining like little girls. Pathetic.

  • jim.beattie.509 - 2012-06-07 17:45

    Eskoms duty is to supply power, so supply it, and stop bleating how people use it, when they use, and why they use it. If i ran my business the way Eskom runs theirs i would be out of business. I don't want to hear the obvious, get on with doing a proper job, and stop whining like little girls. Pathetic.

  • Henk - 2012-06-07 17:46

    Eskoms duty is to supply power, so supply it, and stop bleating how people use it, when they use, and why they use it. If i ran my business the way Eskom runs theirs i would be out of business. I don't want to hear the obvious, get on with doing a proper job, and stop whining like little girls. Pathetic.

  • Brandon - 2012-06-07 17:49

    You are kidding me. REALLY?

  • blane.blandon - 2012-06-07 17:59

    These guys at Eskom are rocket scientists

  • isabel.w.stokes - 2012-06-07 18:10

    I heard a radio ad from the minister of something-or-other today asking us to use less power, wrap ourselves in blankets and put on more clothing. Oh, and hug hot water bottles. Which century are we living in? I'll bet he's warm enough. When there's a power cut I'm sure he has a BIG generator and never has to wrap himself in blankets. And why don't they fine all those big companies who leave their lights on all the time? They could make big savings AND line their pockets at the same time!!!

      icarus.smith.90 - 2012-06-07 19:48

      Can't do that. Joe citizen pays more for electricity than what we sell to Zimbabwe or big companies.

  • danyalkolbe - 2012-06-07 19:52

    Thabo Mbeki apologised for the ruling party's error over the electricity bungle.Years pass and and the public is still paying for that mistake.Today I am asked to have faith in an organization that approves a statement to the fact that electricity usage escalates in Winter in South Africa.Other countries apparently do not have this problem. This is tantamount to appointing a person as admiral of the Navy who has never seen the sea never mind not having been on a sea-going vessel.SHAME.

  • UNITY - 2012-06-08 06:19

    Plan maintenance, when demand increases? Then u cut peoples supply if u can't coppe with the demand...reason....planned maintenance..solution...switch off all appliances.. Really smart

  • robert.mevo - 2012-06-08 07:47

    de big trouble here s Eskom.every yr we r experiencing same story,s ur duty as Eskom 2 sort dis out.im 100%sure dat u hv qualified workers who can work dis out.if u fail just give aders a chance.

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