This past Sunday, Eskom has had to implement stage 1 rotational load-shedding in various areas of the City of Johannesburg. This comes after a strain on the grid due to over usage of electricity, resulting in a need to preserve emergency resources.
Eskom, in a press release, pleads with consumers to use electricity sparingly during this period and going forward. The switching off of geysers, non-essential lights and electricity appliances can assist in reducing usage.
There are already deep concerns with the state of Eskom’s aging fleet of coal fired power plants. These factors negatively affects and impacts on their ability to meet energy demands over the next 5 years. Eskom are already operating on it’s emergency open-cycle gas turbines in the Western Cape.
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