South Africans have since the winter of 2014 again been urged to use electricity sparingly to help ease the pressure off the national grid.
In the last three years, Eskom had increased maintenance work at its plants. The completion of the Medupi power plant is expected to ease the pressure from Eskom’s ageing power grid, but the collapse of a coal silo at Majuba power station has led to load shedding in the short term.
The National Energy Efficiency Campaign
South Africa is one of the world’s least energy efficient nations. We use approximately 40% of Africa’s electricity, and are the 11th highest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world. Our national addiction to energy has led to the situation where our reserve margin is unsustainably low, and the reliability of our electricity supply is under threat. Our energy habits have adverse effects on our economy, our environment and our health.
The government and Eskom have committed to increase our energy capacity, but this will not be enough on its own. The government has been reaching out to all South Africans through the National Energy Efficiency campaign to encourage all sectors of society to conquer their “energy addictions”. By growing a culture of activism around energy savings, we can take control of our energy situation and ensure a better future for all.
A website for the National Energy Efficiency Campaign provides more information on what you can do to save energy.
As energy champions, your willingness to participate in this campaign is important for its success. Your voices will add credibility to the campaign and will help to highlight the need for South Africa to become energy efficient and adopt a culture of energy savings. In addition, your involvement will help to highlight the severity of the challenges that confront the country’s energy infrastructure.