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Eskom upgrades load shedding to phase 3

Outlook bleak for the rest of the week.

Eskom announced at about 16:20 on Tuesday that it has upgraded its load shedding to Stage 3, which means the amount by which consumers have to reduce electricity demand has doubled.

Some consumers will now be hit by load shedding twice on the same day.

During Stage 2 load shedding – implemented since 6:00 on Tuesday – electricity consumption has to be reduced by 2 000 MW. During Stage 3 it increases to 4 000 MW.

This comes as more than 14 000 MW of generation capacity was unavailable on Monday, comprising 5 364 MW of capacity taken offline for planned maintenance and 8 717 MW being unavailable due to unexpected breakdowns.

The amount of unavailable capacity in the first quarter of 2015 was at an average of 12 149 MW (28.85%), up from 9 346 MW (22.2% in 2014.

Reuters reported that unplanned outages increased to 9 500 MW on Tuesday, forcing the increased load shedding.

“At this stage it is not clear how long it will take to fix the problem,” Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe told Reuters.

According to the utility’s system status bulletin issued on Monday night, the outlook for the rest of the week is also bleak, with forecast demand outstripping supply every day until Sunday.

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So Eskom’s spindoctors refer to Stage 3 load shedding as an “upgrade”. No wonder we’re in the mess we find ourselves in.

How can you declare that black outs are “upgraded” to stage three surely the correct expression is they “downgrade” the system to stage 3 just like their international rating which are being downgraded i.e. things are getting worse

no, no, this is the new RSA, think in reverse, the bleaker things get, the better they are for the previous generations

I would be interested to know how much power is consumed by the defaulting municipalities. (anyone know, or prepared to find out?). Surely they should be the first to bear the brunt of daily “shedding”? And for longer periods than the rest of the country. What has the “War Room” done about cutting off the illegal connections? If they are not bothered about such “insignificant usage”, then why should I care about running my pool pump! The honest idiots like me that pay and try to conserve energy are the only ones they are speaking to it seems. Criminals are exempt from civic duties because enforcement agencies are unable / unwilling to take any action against them. I would really like to see the real statistics of electricity theft. I somehow suspect that this would quietly ignored for fear of losing their faithful voters.

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