Eskom’s load shedding predictions for the week

Compton_effect

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On Monday, available capacity for evening peak demand was 31,903 megawatts (MW), including open cycle gas turbines (OCGT).
Now compare this with Botswana that is also undergoing Load-shedding due to the same reasons.

This means that from internal sources, Botswana currently produces 310mw against national peak demand recently estimated at 570mw.
 

rudyb

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If Eskom wants the general public to reduce usage over peak times introduce an incentive whereby lower tariffs are charged for off peak usage. If it is cheaper to run the pool pump at night, I am sure most people will opt to make changes accordingly.
 

MightyQuin

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Just a general question: are we going to be in this situation until a new central silo for coal is built at Majuba to replace the lost one? This is where all this started isn't it? Wouldn't that take at least a year to do? What exactly are the contingency plans?
 

Chris.Geerdts

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If Eskom wants the general public to reduce usage over peak times introduce an incentive whereby lower tariffs are charged for off peak usage. If it is cheaper to run the pool pump at night, I am sure most people will opt to make changes accordingly.
That is an excellent idea. The ultimate extension of this idea is 'dynamic tariffs' which are constantly changing (say hourly) to reflect availability, and these tariffs are broadcast to people so they can choose when to use and when not.

I guess the difficulty right now is that the meters for households aren't equipped to record time-of-day tariffs.

The cheap-and-nasty alternative (as tried in Grahamstown) is to incentivise households to allow load limiting: the household agrees to a reduced maximum power usage, and must then juggle its power appliances to stay within that maximum - thereby spreading out the load across more hours and shifting the geyser/pool pump into a night-time slot.
 

MightyQuin

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That is an excellent idea. The ultimate extension of this idea is 'dynamic tariffs' which are constantly changing (say hourly) to reflect availability, and these tariffs are broadcast to people so they can choose when to use and when not.

I guess the difficulty right now is that the meters for households aren't equipped to record time-of-day tariffs.
The cheap-and-nasty alternative (as tried in Grahamstown) is to incentivise households to allow load limiting: the household agrees to a reduced maximum power usage, and must then juggle its power appliances to stay within that maximum - thereby spreading out the load across more hours and shifting the geyser/pool pump into a night-time slot.
Development and roll-out will be prohibitive. Eskom must produce more power and prioritise our power above neighbouring countries.
 

bassplayer

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Its just going to get worse. Households will have to fork out for solar panels. This country is becoming another Zim.
 
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