Eskom load shedding happens when there’s no enough electricity available to meet the demand of all South Africans, therefore, Eskom will interrupt the energy supply to certain areas in South Africa. The power utility uses load shedding balance electricity supply and demand to avoid a permanent blackout In this article, you will learn what is load shedding and how to check Eskom load shedding schedule.
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What is Eskom Load Shedding?
Eskom load shedding is a method used by the power utility to reduce the demand on the energy generation system by temporarily switching off the distribution of energy to certain geographical areas. Load shedding or load reduction, is implemented when the system does not have enough capacity to fulfill all energy demands.
Even though load shedding has major negative effects on the South African economy, it is needed to stop the entire country from experiencing a permanent blackout. If load shedding will be happening, Eskom’s National Control Centre informs its stakeholders which are the municipalities and customers that it sell electricity and inform them on the stage of load shedding required. The duration of load shedding depends on the specific supplier (municipality or Eskom), region and circumstances.
How Does Load Shedding Work in South Africa?
- Eskom decides on the load shedding stage depending on the number of megawatts needed to balance the power grid.
- Eskom and the municipalities then implement load shedding on a rotational basis based on the schedules developed.
- Load shedding is done for 2-4 hours depending on the schedule for your area. We will show you how to check Eskom load shedding schedule for your area.
Understanding Eskom Load Shedding Stages
- Stage 1 allows for up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed.
- Stage 2 allows for up to 2000 MW of the national load to be shed.
- Stage 3 allows for up to 3000 MW of the national load to be shed.
- Stage 4 allows for up to 4000 MW of the national load to be shed.
- Stage 5 allows for up to 5000 MW of the national load to be shed.
- Stage 6 allows for up to 6000 MW of the national load to be shed.
- Stage 7 allows for up to 7000 MW of the national load to be shed.
- Stage 8 allows for up to 8000 MW of the national load to be shed.
How Check Eskom Load Shedding Schedule?
To check your Eskom loading shedding schedule today, visit loadshedding.eskom.co.za. Load shedding will begin with the declaration from Eskom. Here’s how to check the schedule using Eskom website.
- STEP 1: Go to www.loadshedding.eskom.co.za
- STEP 2: Under “Quick search for DIRECT ESKOM CUSTOMERS“, type in your suburb/area/village or use the “Load shedding schedule advanced search“
- STEP 3: Select a province
- STEP 4: Select a municipality
- STEP 5: Select a suburb
- STEP 6: The Eskom loading shedding schedule will appear
Please note that if there’s currently no load shedding in the country, you won’t find an Eskom schedule for your area.
Alternatively, you can check for eskom load shedding news on Google or download the EskomSePush – The Load Shedding App to check for the latest load shedding push notifications and predictions. EskomSePush is available on iPhone/iOS and Android. After you’ve installed EskomSePush, open it and click on the “+”. Search for your area and add it.
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