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Keep the lights off: Eskom's spare supply drops again

Mail & Guardian Online

4 December 2012

Eskom says the available spare supply on its electricity network has fallen to just over 2% of total capacity due to an increase in unplanned outages.

In a bi-weekly status update, Eskom said it had 32 326 MW of capacity for the Monday evening peak hours when people returned home and turned on stoves and air conditioners, against forecast demand of 31 389 MW, leaving a buffer of just under 1 000 MW. The available capacity includes gas-fired emergency reserves. Read more…

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