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Eskom implements Stage 2 rotational loadshedding

Mar 15, 2019
Eskom implements Stage 2 rotational loadshedding

Due to a shortage of capacity, Eskomimplemented Stage 2 rotational loadshedding from 08h00 on Friday morning, and is likely to continue until 23h00.

"Customers are reminded to treat all electrical points as live during loadshedding," the power utility said.

"Stage 2 calls for 2000MW to be rotationally loadshed nationally at a given period."

Loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.

"We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand." 

For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.

On Thursday, Eskom implemented Stage 1 load sheddingbetween from 11:00 to 23:00 - after days of saying that it would probably resort to loadshedding due to a shortage of capacity.

Nersa granted Eskom a tariff hike to help address load shedding

The load shedding comes less than a week after the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom a 9.41% tariff increase in the 2019/20 financial year.

The Nersa decision also follows on recent episodes of load shedding, which also included the shock implementation of Stage 4 load shedding seen on 11 February due to the unexpected loss of six generating units at the power utility.

The regulator expressed concern at this. Nersa has conducted an analysis of the financial information submitted to it by Eskom and also carried out an economic impact assessment.

Among the considerations taken into account for the RCA application is that of coal, revenue variance, open cycle gas turbines and nuclear decommissioning.

RAB, primary energy, depreciation, and research and development were among the issues considered in the MYPD4 application.

As the regulator held its press briefing, Eskom meanwhile warned of a high risk of rotational load shedding today, while also highlighting that load shedding would only be implemented “if absolutely necessary”.

Last month, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said the power utility would cease to exist at the current trajectory by April this year, as it faces a R420 billion debt.

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