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Eskom assessing results of energy saving project

The 'critical peak’ pilot project is an initiative that promotes reduced power consumption.

Eskom's Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it's assessing the results of its 'critical peak' pilot project, an initiative that promotes reduced power consumption.

The project was launched in 2013 and will run until October.

Eskom's pilot project, which is currently being run on 2,010 consumers, involves notifying users ahead of a critical peak day.

Consumers then have the option to either reduce energy consumption or pay a higher price on that day. So far, the project has reportedly shown a 25 percent decrease in energy consumption among the research group.

If successful, Eskom could introduce the initiative as a standard offer to users.

In the meantime, the utility says it will continue to carry out extensive maintenance on its aging fleet of generators.

Parts of the country were plunged into darkness for a second consecutive day on Tuesday after Eskom implemented stage two load shedding. Stage two load shedding allows the parastatal to shed up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity.

After a relatively good start to the year, with rolling blackouts only implemented once this month, the situation changed yesterday when two generators broke down, forcing the utility to cut supply.

The utility has warned that due to extensive maintenance work taking place, any technical issues that arise will result in more load shedding.

A calendar indicating that load shedding will take place regularly during February, March and April. Picture: Eskom.

Take a look at EWN 's feature on how to survive load shedding to find tips you can use.