Eskom implements metre audits as load reduction continues

Eskom implements metre audits as load reduction continues

Eskom says it's now doing meter audits - especially in areas where illegal connections are prevalent. 

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It's also warned load reduction is a reality that will be with us for some time - targeting densely populated areas where there's a high number of illegal connections - which are said to be putting more strain on the national grid.

KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga have been identified as priority provinces.

In KZN, load reduction has been implemented over the past few weeks in some areas of eThekwini, uMsunduzi, Abaqulusi, and Ndwedwe, among others. 

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Eskom's Harish Raghnandan says the audits and load reductions are necessary despite the inconvenience to law-abiding consumers.

"Unfortunately this is a reality, there are law-abiding citizens who are experiencing the loss of supply, purely because of the fact that they are connected to these networks.

"One thing to note is that if we don't proactively reduce load, the network will inevitably trip. This will result in extended restoration time and unnecessary cost of replacement of the equipment. 

"Load reduction attempts to be proactive so that customers can prepare for outages during the peak loading period," says Raghnandan. 

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