The risk of load shedding for tomorrow and Tuesday (24 and 25 November 2014 is medium to low owing to steady progress made in building reserves to limit the risk of load shedding.
This is according to an Eskom press release this afternoon, Sunday 23 November. Eskom says it declared a power emergency with large industrial customers, requiring them to urgently reduce their electricity usage by 10% from 3 – 8 pm today. “The declaration of a power emergency follows the implementation of stage 2 of load shedding.”
The power system experienced an increase in electricity demand owing to weather conditions and an increase in load losses from multiple tripping of generating units at the Majuba and Matimba power stations. Eskom lost a total of 1 700 MW of generating power.
Eskom says it’s now following the protocol in terms of its emergency procedures in order to secure the power system. “Due to loss of additional generating capacity, Eskom implemented stage 2 of load shedding at midday today and this will continue until 10pm tonight.
“Eskom calls on all electricity users to urgently switch off geysers, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances in order to allow the power system to recover.
“Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all media platforms.”
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