Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: My first load shedding this year

  1. #1
    just me duncan drennan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    2,642
    Thanks
    119
    Thanked 94 Times in 77 Posts

    My first load shedding this year

    Whoohoo! I'm currently having my first load shedding. Now I too feel like I am a part of the currently-power-disadvantaged group
    [SIGPIC]Engineer Simplicity[/SIGPIC]
    Turn ideas into products | The Art of Engineering blog

  2. #2
    Moderator IanF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Jhb
    Posts
    2,615
    Thanks
    191
    Thanked 520 Times in 398 Posts

    Welcome

    Duncan
    Welcome to the club. The first one is fun after that your sense of humour also gets shedded. Wasn't Eskom going to finish the "unplanned" maintenance today.
    Only stress when you can change the outcome!

  3. #3
    Bronze Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    118
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
    I do not understand this as we have been having it almost every day from 14:00 for at least 2 hrs. Today it was from about 11:30 until 14:15 A friend of mine who lives just 2kms away has never had it. How does the load shedding work?

  4. #4
    just me duncan drennan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    2,642
    Thanks
    119
    Thanked 94 Times in 77 Posts
    There is a schedule of areas, which is classified into three classes, Brown 1, Brown 2, Brown 3. Once they hit peak demand they first go Brown 1, then 2, then 3. From Eskom's load shedding page,

    If load shedding is required, the Stage indicates the extent to which load shedding will occur. The stage is set daily and will change only under exceptional circumstances.

    There are 3 Stages and the number of outages will increase with each stage.
    I think they look at a couple of factors when choosing how to shed the load, with factors including, essential services in the area (hospitals, etc.), how much load they will recover, who is affected, and such likes.

    If you look at the schedules pages, there is this note,

    Should the shortfall between demand and supply be within a range of 1500 MW, Stage 1 of the manual load shedding process is triggered.

    Stage 2 of the manual load shedding process caters for a capacity shortfall of up to 3000MW

    Stage 3 caters for a capacity shortfall of up to 4500MW.
    You can find more info about load shedding on Eskom's website.
    Last edited by duncan drennan; 24-Jan-08 at 04:15 PM.
    [SIGPIC]Engineer Simplicity[/SIGPIC]
    Turn ideas into products | The Art of Engineering blog

  5. #5
    Platinum Member Chatmaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    1,065
    Thanks
    107
    Thanked 97 Times in 63 Posts
    I heard over the radio that Koeberg was shut down for maintenance today, maybe that is the reason.

  6. #6
    Silver Member Vincent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Edenvale
    Posts
    337
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 34 Times in 24 Posts
    Welcome to the load-shedding club. Over the past three weeks, our area (grid) has had power cut off three days per week up to 4 hours per day. It usually happens between 8am -2pm in a residential area.

    Soon we're going to have ministers telling us the reason for power cuts is because our economy is growing too fast. (or maybe they have said it). I think eishkom and the government are weaning the gullible and complacent public for longer and longer power cuts, until load-shedding becomes an everyday occurrence including Saturdays & Sundays.

    Power cuts, interest rate hikes, oil prices on the increase, shortage of milk, bread prices increasing, and a host of other factors may soon push this country into a deep recession, which may last longer than a year.
    Vincent Marino
    Maximising the sales value of your business!

    Business 24-Seven |MyBlog Twitter |facebook |Phat feesh & chips






  7. #7
    Site Caretaker Dave A's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Durban, South Africa
    Posts
    20,981
    Thanks
    3,056
    Thanked 2,463 Times in 2,068 Posts
    Blog Entries
    12
    Welcome to the club, Duncan. Although as I recall at the time of the "bolt in the machine" you folk got whacked when the rest of the country was doing kinda OK.

    Maybe Cape Town has been less affected than other parts of the country up to now due to the carrying capacity of the link between the Western Cape and the rest of the country. I'm afraid whilst Koeberg is on planned maintenance that weak link that saved you up until now is about to bite back.
    Quote Originally Posted by dsd View Post
    I think they look at a couple of factors when choosing how to shed the load, with factors including... who is affected,
    Funny you should mention that. I've had three people in the last two days that reckon they've had minimal or no load shedding as a result of just who their neighbours on the same supply sub are. Hard to prove (or disprove) though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent View Post
    Power cuts, interest rate hikes, oil prices on the increase, shortage of milk, bread prices increasing, and a host of other factors may soon push this country into a deep recession, which may last longer than a year.
    I'm afraid so.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

  8. #8
    just me duncan drennan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    2,642
    Thanks
    119
    Thanked 94 Times in 77 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Maybe Cape Town has been less affected than other parts of the country up to now due to the carrying capacity of the link between the Western Cape and the rest of the country.
    Don't get me wrong, there has been plenty of load shedding here, just not in out neighbourhood ('til today). Just around the corner they have been shed most days over the past week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Funny you should mention that. I've had three people in the last two days that reckon they've had minimal or no load shedding as a result of just who their neighbours on the same supply sub are. Hard to prove (or disprove) though.
    Not quite what I was thinking....I was thinking more in terms of their larger customers (revenue), not so much in terms of whose back was being scratched
    [SIGPIC]Engineer Simplicity[/SIGPIC]
    Turn ideas into products | The Art of Engineering blog

  9. #9
    Site Caretaker Dave A's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Durban, South Africa
    Posts
    20,981
    Thanks
    3,056
    Thanked 2,463 Times in 2,068 Posts
    Blog Entries
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by dsd View Post
    Don't get me wrong,
    But that's so much more fun
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

  10. #10
    just me duncan drennan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    2,642
    Thanks
    119
    Thanked 94 Times in 77 Posts
    hehehehe, :lol:
    [SIGPIC]Engineer Simplicity[/SIGPIC]
    Turn ideas into products | The Art of Engineering blog

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. The economic consequences of load shedding
    By Dave A in forum Electrical Load Shedding Forum
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: 29-Apr-08, 11:04 PM
  2. And the lights go out again.
    By Dave A in forum Electrical Load Shedding Forum
    Replies: 71
    Last Post: 25-Feb-08, 04:38 PM
  3. Just how efficient is load shedding really?
    By Dave A in forum Electrical Load Shedding Forum
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 23-Jan-08, 09:46 AM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 21-Jan-08, 03:26 PM

Tags for this Thread

Did you like this article? Share it with your favourite social network.

Did you like this article? Share it with your favourite social network.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •