Last week Eskom announced that it would introduce load reduction during peak hours in Gauteng in an effort to protect its infrastructure.
The utility has this week reported that load reduction has had a positive effect on the system. Customers are reportedly experiencing fewer outages as a result of transformers and mini-sub stations failing.
“The measures we have put in place are curbing these failures. As a response to the overloading, we urge our customers in particularly high-density areas and those with multiple and/or backyard dwellings to use only essential energy in an effort to avoid load reductions and prolonged outages due to network faults, as a result of overloading,” said Gauteng maintenance and operations senior manager, Motlhabane Ramashi.
“Our commitment remains to provide electricity safely without degenerating the assets. It is important to run our operations efficiently and curb financial losses as a result of illegal activities that cause overloading, as this is costly and unsustainable. The electricity service is crucial for other essential service providers during the nation’s lockdown period,” Ramashi stated.
For Gauteng residents, load reduction appears to be here to stay at least until the end of the Winter period.
For those who aren’t aware, load reduction sees Eskom cutting the power in areas with high energy demand during the peak hours of 05:00 and 09:00 in the morning as well as between 17:00 and 21:00 in the evening.
This has been put into place to prevent equipment for catching fire, exploding or otherwise collapsing under the weight of demand.
Eskom has said that load reduction may be implemented as a precautionary measure outside of the times listed above should the need arise in order to protect Eskom infrastructure.
While power outages are annoying, having experienced a transformer blowing up earlier this week in our area we’ll take an hour or two without power so that the grid is protected and more stable.[Source – Eskom]