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SA’s electricity demand declines

Energy expert Chris Yelland has warned that South Africa’s peak electricity demand paints a worrying picture for the country.

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Speaking at the 2015 MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference, Yelland said the week-by-week electricity demand graph shows a big year-on-year decline.

In fact, South Africa’s peak electricity demand has steadily declined for the past five years. The 2015 peak demand to date is 31,419MW – far lower than the 2011 peak demand of 36,212MW.

The reason for the peak electricity demand decline is simple: Eskom cannot supply enough power.

This, said Yelland, is a sign of what is happening to the economy. “The economy is being constrained.”

“Electricity consumption is a sign of manufacturing output, and this is what is declining.”

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