Unplanned outages rose to 3‚900 Megawatts (MW) on August 16 from 3‚200MW on August 14‚ Eskom said in its 63rd system status bulletin.
Planned maintenance on August 16 was 1‚029MW from the lowest level this year of 845MW on July 30.
Peak evening demand is expected to ease this week from 34‚741MW on August 13 to 33‚631MW on Monday‚ 33‚459MW on Tuesday and 33‚477MW on Wednesday as SA gradually warms up from its recent cold spell.
The highest actual peak demand of 35‚527MW took place on August 7.
The peak demand so far this year was supposed to be 36‚258MW on July 16 according to the 54th system status bulletin. Demand side management‚ which involves asking large industrial users to temporarily stop some industrial processes‚ meant that the actual peak demand was only 35‚443MW or a saving of 815MW on July 16.
Source: IOL Business
Image: Unplanned outages