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Power Plant Electrical Technologies are service providers and sellers of products and services to help you take charge of your own power. We supply and install a range of power saving modules and automated products for you to monitor and reduce energy usage for your home or business. Contact us today for generators, solar solutions, and automated services to ensure your festive mood extends into 2019.

What is a kWh?

Power utilities use the measurement of power, a kWh, to explain your power usage. Basically, it describes the amount of energy needed to keep a 1000 watt appliance running for one hour. Putting it into perspective, a single 100 watt light bulb would take 10 hours to use 1 kWh, or a 2000 watt dishwasher would use 1 kWh in 30 minutes. Costs per kWh to run generators is dependent on the fuel price at the time.

Load Shedding

According to Eskom, the current load shedding schedule was due to the following:

“Generation plant continues to be out on planned maintenance (approximately 5000 MW) and there is a higher than expected number of units (currently at approximately 10000 MW) on unplanned maintenance due to technical faults,” the utility said in a statement.

“Cahora Bassa hydropower plant is still supplying 700 MW less to the grid as a result of a damaged transmission line, which occurred late on Wednesday. Over and above these challenges, we are experiencing low diesel reserves due to the continued pressure on the national grid resulting in excessive usage of open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs).  In addition, the need to build emergency water and diesel resources to limit the loadshedding possibility or magnitude thereof in the following week also remains.”

The forecast from the utility is looking at loadshedding as a possibility to keep the grid online into the beginning of 2019. Check your schedule here.

During the peak season of December, can your business afford not to have an operational generator or off-grid solution?

Eskom Tariffs

With the predicted cost per kW hour to be 97c, excluding the municipal levy which fluctuates based on how much electricity your household uses (check the Eskom resources here to understand your tariffs), how much do you get for your buck? Eskom is facing financial woes with estimated debts of over R300 billion by the end of 2019, and are unable to resolve the spiraling increase of costs of lengthy upgrades and coal shortages.

Eskom explains the grid in this short video below: