It’s not much, but it sure counts. Yesterday the City of Cape Town announced that the scheduled Stage 1 loadshedding by Eskom would be curbed due to spare generation capacity at the Steenbras power station.
As far as I know, and I stand to be corrected, this is the first time that a city has effectively ‘beat’ loadshedding through effective power and resource management.
LOAD-SHEDDING ALERT: Load-shedding will be avoided tonight due to spare generation capacity at the Steenbras power station.
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) June 20, 2015
Eskom announced on Sunday that Stage 1 loadshedding would be implemented from 5 pm through to 10 pm.
I’m not entirely sure why there was spare capacity at the Steenbras power station and what made yesterday different to any other day, but this move by the city surely indicates there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for us.