Eskom urges South Africans to use electricity sparingly

2014-09-23 08:38

The power system is expected to be stable but tight during the evening peak over the course of the week.

“Mild temperatures are forecasted for the next few days. Demand is expected to be lower tomorrow, due to the public holiday,” Eskom said yesterday.

Yesterday, available capacity to meet peak evening demand was 34 508 megawatts (MW), with demand forecast at 31 798MW. Planned maintenance stood at 3 303MW and unplanned outages were at 5 651MW.

Estimated available peak evening demand capacity, and estimated demand for the rest of the week was as follows:

» Today: Available capacity was 32 207MW and demand was forecast at 30 700MW

» Tomorrow: Available capacity was 32 398MW and demand was forecast at 29 135MW

» Thursday: Available capacity was 32 218MW and demand was forecast at 31 840MW

» Friday: Available capacity was 32 218MW and demand was forecast at 30 135MW

» Saturday: Available capacity was 32 218MW and demand was forecast at 29 144MW

» Sunday: Available capacity was 32 218MW and demand was forecast at 29 208MW

All available capacity included open cycle gas turbines.

Eskom called on all South Africans to pull together and use electricity sparingly.

Tips to reduce electricity consumption included switching off geysers, pool pumps and nonessential lights, and efficiently using air-conditioners by keeping room temperature at 23 degrees Celsius.

Eskom also called on the public to respond to alerts that were broadcast on television each evening.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.