Earth Hour in Pietermaritzburg

2009-03-27 00:00

Pietermaritzburg came late, but it’s joined the party. On Thursday, the executive committee of the Msunduzi council endorsed the Earth Hour campaign, which encourages households and businesses to switch off “non-essential” lighting. That means our city will be part of a bid to have one billion people around the world express their desire for urgent action on climate change.

Anticipated electricity savings in 2009:

Estimated drop in national demand during Earth Hour: 1,3% or 200 to 400 megawatts depending on public participation.

South Africa’s current electricity demand: 30 000 megawatts. (Source: Eskom)

Estimated drop in Pietermaritzburg demand during Earth Hour: 3,5 megawatts (dependent on participation levels)

Pietermaritzburg peak electricity demand: 265 megawatts (source: Eskom)

Point of reference: New York City’s peak electricity demand: 11 000 megawatts (Solar One © 2008 )

Switched off in PMB: Street lights on Albert Luthuli, Alan Paton, Chota Motala and lights in all municipal buildings.

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