South Africa’s electricity production, consumption decreases

Both electricity production and consumption decreased in December, according to Statistics SA.

Total electricity generation was 2% lower in 2015 compared to 2014. The 2% decrease in annual electricity production followed a decrease of 0.6% in 2014 and a decrease of 0.6% in 2013.

Total electricity consumption was 1.5% lower in 2015 compared to 2014. The 1.5% decrease in annual electricity consumption followed an increase of 0.2% in 2014 and a decrease of 0.4% in 2013.

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday there would be no load shedding for the rest of summer and going into winter.

Eskom’s unplanned maintenance decreased by 10% in the third quarter of 2015, compared to 17.69% for the same period of 2014. Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) usage has decreased by 66% from October 2015 to January 2016.

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Eskom chairperson Baldwin Ngubane said the commercial operation of Medupi’s unit 6, which came online in August 2015 had contributed to improved performance of the power grid.

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