Energy expert Ted Blom says that Eskom is in crisis, which is evident by the current daily load-shedding schedule being implemented as the state owned company struggles with coal shortages and rising maintenance costs.
Load shedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout – but speaking to Jacaranda, Blom said that Eskom is in a daily fight to keep the power from being turned off completely.
Worryingly, a scenario where the power could go off, and not come back on again is definitely possible, the expert said.
“It is a possibility every day, because if the demand for electricity exceeds the availability of electricity with 1 KW, then the network will fail. We are on the brink every day. That is a daily fight,” he said.
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Ed: Am I being naive ? What would be the effect of turning off all supplies to all Municipalities who have not paid Escom ? Would the saving in consumption address the pending load shedding melt down? Has anyone done the sums ?
Extended Load shedding could have a messy effect on Darling tourism and on the tourism gains in the Western Cape.