POWERALERT 2 Date: 8 November 2019 The system remains tight and vulnerable and the probability of...
POWER ALERT 2:The system remains tight and vulnerable and the probability of load shedding remains, but will only be implemented if there is a shift and if absolutely necessary.
Friday, 8 November 2019: While the system remains extremely constrained and vulnerable,
the objective remains not to implement load shedding today and over the weekend.
However, given the additional loss of units with unplanned breakdowns now above 11 500 MW and the need to continue to replenish emergency reserves, the probability of load shedding remains, but will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.
We remind customers that any unexpected shift, such as additional unplanned breakdowns or the unavailability of diesel for our open cycle gas turbines or water levels at pumped storage
schemes, could result in load shedding at short notice.
The overnight load shedding implemented on Thursday, assisted with the partial recovery of our emergency resources to enable us to get through the morning.
We will need to continue to replenish both our water levels at pumped storage schemes and diesel for our open cycle gas turbines over the weekend in order to place us in a better position to stabilise for the week ahead.
As communicated in the Summer Plan on 4 of September 2019, unplanned breakdowns above 9 500 MW require the use of emergency resources at a high rate and they increase the probability of load shedding if the supply constraints are sustained for a long duration.
Eskom's technical teams are working tirelessly to return units from planned and unplanned maintenance and to replenish emergency reserves.
A concerted collective effort to reduce demand can further help to lessen the level of loadshedding. And as such, we strongly urge customers to assist by helping to reduce demand by using electricity sparingly.
- Set air-conditioners' average temperature at 23 C
- Switch off your geysers over peak periods
- Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
- Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time for optimal energy use.
- At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch. Avoid stand-by or sleep mode.
Customers are advised to check their load shedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal websites.
We remind customers that load shedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.
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