Eskom’s Load Limiting Expansion in Gauteng Aims to Curb Electricity Usage

Innovative Approach to Energy Management

Eskom is rolling out its Load Limiting Project further across Gauteng, building on its achievements in optimizing customer electricity use.

Pilot Success:

  • Initial Rollout: The initiative kicked off in Fourways, Johannesburg, showcasing promising results.
  • Next Steps: Following Fourways, Riverside View saw the project’s implementation in the latter part of 2023.

Strategic Expansion:

  • New Areas: Buccleuch, Kelvin, Paulshof, Marlboro, Sunninghill, and Waterfall are the latest beneficiaries, equipped with smart meters for precise control.

How It Works:

  • Demand Side Management: “Load limiting is part of the Demand Side Management (DSM) initiative to manage and optimize electricity consumption to better balance the supply and demand of electricity on the grid during Stages 1 to 4 of load shedding,” according to Eskom.
  • Smart Meter Utilization: Targeting customers with smart meters allows for remote adjustment of electricity capacity.
  • Consumption Caps: During load shedding stages 1 to 4, electricity capacity will be limited to 10 Amps, ensuring the continued use of essential appliances.

Customer Engagement:

  • Pre-Load Shedding Alerts: Customers will receive a message an hour before load shedding urging them to reduce their consumption.
  • Automatic Adjustments: Should consumption not decrease, the meter will cut off electricity for 30 minutes as a penalty, followed by restoration.

Collaborative Effort: Eskom emphasizes the success of this project hinges on both its efforts and the willingness of customers to adhere to the 10 Amps consumption limit, marking a step forward in managing the energy crisis through innovative and cooperative measures.