Eskom to perform plant maintenance

JULY 4, 2015

As the country’s power system is currently stable, Eskom is able to perform maintenance without implementing load shedding, the power parastatal said on Friday.

However, the power system is expected to be constrained during the evening peak period between 5pm – 9pm mainly as a result of increased electricity demand.

“As we are currently experiencing cold weather conditions across the country, we urge electricity users to consider energy efficient ways of keeping warm,” said Eskom.

In winter the electricity demand peaks in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times. The utility appealed to its customers to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but to be aware of the need to save more during the peak periods from 6am to 10am and 5pm to 9pm.

Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.


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