08.01.2015

ESKOM again warns on energy supply system

"This week ESKOM again warned that the country’s electricity supply system was close to the point where load-shedding would be necessary. In a December 2014 NEDLAC meeting with the Minister of Energy, Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, it became clear that the situation of on-off load-shedding will manifest itself over at least the next three to four years," says Dr John Purchas, Agbiz CEO.

Agribusinesses, including especially agri-processors, will be continuously challenged to manage their electricity supply to meet their operational requirements. Those that do it most effectively will even develop a comparative advantage over their competitors. For businesses to manage load-shedding, Eskom has released a  National Code of Practice on Emergency Demand Reduction to explain electricity supply and especially electricity demand reduction, better known as load-shedding or power outages. Please click on National Code Protocol to peruse the processes and scheduling of load-shedding.

The Independent Power Producers (IPP) Office is investigating strategies to further reduce or shift demand and/or secure distributed generation capacity so as to relieve the pressure on the national power grid during constrained periods of supply and demand and offer monetary compensation in exchange. Such demand response and/or distributed generation strategies are absolutely critical in providing the necessary reserves to enable the system operator to better utilise available generating capacity whilst allowing the required maintenance to be completed. To this end a Request for Information document was been issued by DBSA in December 2014 requesting interested parties to express an interest in participating in the development of strategies for demand response and/ or distributed generation initiatives by the Department of Energy. Please click on RFI Demand Response for further info.  

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