Save power, help us keep the lights on, Eskom urges

2011-11-11 00:00

ESKOM has called on its customers to use electricity sparingly because the supply is tight and will remain so for the next two years.

The utility company said in a statement yesterday that while it has resolved to prevent load shedding, it will need the partnership and support of all South Africans to keep the lights on.

Eskom said it is facing a challenge in the balance of supply and demand because it has entered the maintenance season, and the Koeberg nuclear plant will be out of service for a few weeks for repairs to the generator.

The current hot weather has also had an impact on supply, impairing the efficiency of some of Eskom’s dry-cooled power stations, and has caused increased demand as consumers resort to air-conditioning.

Said Brian Dames, Eskom’s chief Executive, “We would like to remind customers that summer is just as challenging as winter, if not more so, and we appeal to all consumers to use electricity sparingly and use electrical equipment such as air-conditioning and geysers efficiently to reduce demand for electricity.”

He suggested that pumps and geysers be switched off during the peak periods of 5 pm to 9 pm to assist in reducing demand.

“We are keeping the lights on by implementing supply-side initiatives, the assistance from some of our key customers and active demand side management.

“But we need the co-operation of all South Africans and request all electricity users to reduce their electricity usage during this difficult period.”

— Witness Reporter.

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