Eskom warns of stage 2 load shedding over the next three days

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Eskom blamed delays in returning generation units at its power stations.

Eskom has warned that it might be forced to implement stage 2 load shedding at short notice due to a shortage of generation capacity.

The struggling power utility on Tuesday morning said it might implement rolling blackouts between 4pm and midnight over the next three days.

“Eskom will promptly communicate any further changes,” Eskom said in a statement.

Eskom blamed delays in returning generation units at its power stations for the shortage of generation capacity.

“The delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Kusile and the Koeberg power stations, as well as the failure of a generation unit each at Medupi, Hendrina, Camden and two units at Majuba Power Station, have exacerbated the capacity constraints.

“Some generation units at other power stations are expected to return to service over the next few days. However, should there be any further loss of generation capacity over the next three days, or should some units fail to return to service as anticipated, load shedding may be required to be implemented at short notice.”

Eskom currently has 2 986MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 513MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

How to save electricity
Saving electricity during the colder months can be tricky. Heating appliances account for a substantial amount of the average household’s electricity usage. The risk of load shedding can be reduced by following practical guidelines for reducing consumption.

Eskom suggests hanging curtains to reduce heat loss and using foam tape to seal windows or doors in winter as draughts can account for up to 25% of heat loss.

If you have a chimney, seal it with a dampener when not in use regularly. If the chimney isn’t used at all, seal it at the top and bottom, and install fire-retardant ceiling insulation to reduce up to 40% of heat loss.

While it’s tempting to leave heaters on, the power utility suggests only heating the rooms you are occupying. In addition, gas heaters generate a great amount of heat while requiring no electricity at all.

The Citizen