Load shedding caused major disruptions to life and to the economy in SA in 2008 affecting everything from mining and manufacturing output, to commercial operations, to how we lived at home, to increased crime.
The global recession that hit in mid 2008, coupled with agreements with many of SA’s largest mining and industrial users of electricity to accept only 90% of the power they had been using, has allowed the country to stave off the debilitating effects of load shedding for nearly 2 years.
This is about to come to an end. The economy is recovering, it is showing signs of growth again and the mines, smelters and factories that provide the jobs are saying they want to be back at full power in early 2010,
Quotes from a recent conference hosted by the South African Association of Energy Efficiency highlight the seriousness of the issue.
“Electricity consumers have been lulled into a false sense of comfort by the economic downturn. They have forgotten that Eskom reserve margins are very low” – Dipuo Peters – Minister of Energy.
Andrew Etzinger – Eskom spokesperson went on to say – ‘The Eskom system is under great pressure. We are unable to do scheduled maintenance because the demand has increased. We are under stress and we need demand site management now more than ever”
These statements mean that load shedding during the upcoming heavy maintenance season for Eskom (early 2010) is almost inevitable.
Reducing wastage through the installation of sensors is becoming a civic duty!
Eskom currently supplies load shedding updates via an RSS feed. Simply copy the following website address into your Feed Reader and configure it to update once per day. You’ll then receive daily updates on the status of load shedding directly from Eskom.