Plans to cut power usage

2013-03-01 00:00

IN a bid to cut power usage in the city, 6 000 Msunduzi households will be receiving load reduction units by the end of next month.

This was revealed at an Executive Committee (Exco) meeting yesterday. A report to Exco said the units will be installed in the first batch of households by April 30, this year.

As part of Msunduzi Municipality’s plan to reduce the electricity load on its grid, Exco approved plans to implement the “load reduction management project” to improve the distribution of electricity during winter.

Deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services, Thokozani Maseko, told Exco that the load reduction management system was aimed at reducing the electricity demand on their electricity network through the installation of geyser and pool timers. These units will be timed to switch “on” and “off” automatically at a central point (substation), at periods of high peak demand according to an Eskom schedule, he said.

He said the solution will go a long way to assisting the municipality in managing the load and the energy demand in the network and ensuring stable electricity supply.

According to the report, the installation of the units will not cost the council as it is funded by Eskom.

The service provider that has already been identified to implement the project is Pharox Lumens Africa.

DA Exco member Mergan Chetty was concerned that there had not been any public consultation about the plans to implement the project.

“Does the council have measures in place to ensure that we are covered if residents make claims against council if they encounter problems with their geysers and pool pumps?” asked Chetty.

He said his concern stems from the fact that although Eskom would be funding the project, when residents encounter problems they would come to council with their claims.

When The Witness asked Maseko when the project would start, he said he would only be able to provide more details today.

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