Expect no load shedding on Monday: Eskom

MAY 25, 2015

Following weeks of blackouts, Eskom on Monday said that residents and businesses should expect a load shedding free day.

"There's no planned load shedding today as Eskom has adequate power generating capacity to meet the demand. Most of the units are back online," the power utility said.

Starting late last year, Eskom began implementing load shedding - designed to prevent a total collapse of the national electrity grid, for the first time since 2008. The power utility said it was failing to meet demand for power in the economy following years of not maintaining and upgrading electricity gernerators.

Last week, Eskom announced that consumers can expect the national grid to stabilise from June as Unit One of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant is expected to come back online following scheduled maintenance.

The unit, which has not been functioning since February, is expected to add an additional 130 megawatts of power to the national grid with the state-owned parastatal’s spokesperson, Kulu Pasiwe, telling Eyewitness News that around 800 megawatts will be generated when it’s much troubled Medupi Power Station comes online later in June.

Around 5 000 striking workers at Medupi also returned to work and fine tuning resumed at the plant’s Unit Six, which earlier this month, reached a peak output of 735 megawatts. 

Meanhwile, the National Energy Regulator says it will only announce its final decision on Eskom’s application for a 25.3% tariff increase for the current financial year at the end of June.

For the time being the 12.69% increase stands as implemented on April 1 and municipal tariff increases based on that will be implemented on July 1 after being approved by Nersa.

Nersa is encouraging members of the public to actively participate in this process by submitting written comments and attending or making oral representation at the public hearings to be held from 23 to 24 June 2015.

Eskom’s application was published on its website, after some confidential sections were removed.

The public have 30 days to make submissions* until June 15.

Public hearings will be held for two days around June 24 and Nersa hopes to take a final tariff determination on June 29.

Thereafter Eskom will have to translate the average increase into detailed tariffs that Nersa has to approve before it can be implemented.

Municipalities will have to translate it into their own tariff systems and only after these tariffs have been approved by Nersa, will municipal tariff increases be approved.

*Written comments can be forwarded to [email protected] or hand-delivered to Kulawula House, 526 Madiba Street, Arcadia, Pretoria or posted to PO Box 40343, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa.

The closing date for written comments is June 15 2015 at 16H00.