Friday, January 15, 2021

City of Cape Town says it can't always 'protect' consumers from load shedding

Eskom implemented rolling blackouts on Thursday, saying Stage 2 load shedding will continue until Sunday.

In a statement, the power utility said load shedding was necessary due to loss of generation capacity overnight.

If your electricity is supplied by the City of Cape Town, you’ll only load shed on Stage 1. The municipality said this will continue until 18:00 on Friday.

It said that the uninterrupted round of Eskom load-shedding could make it difficult for the City to protect its customers fully or even from one stage of load-shedding.

‘’This is because there will be insufficient time to generate sufficient excess capacity from the City's Steenbras Hydro Pump Station at night, while at the same time also having to replenish necessary reserves.’’ it said on a social media post.

It added that ‘’due to the continuous day and night nature of Eskom's current load-shedding operation, the City says it is thus using the reserve capacity that it has to assist with a stage of load-shedding during the daytime only, where possible.’’

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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