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You really make an impact

If you are wondering if you really make an impact - consider this.

Nothing connects all of us together like the electricity network. Electricity cannot be effectively stored in large quantities. This means that when you turn on a light, that power needs to be generated immediately by a generator somewhere on the network. If there is not enough generation available, that power will be taken from someone else through load shedding - and that someone, at some stage would be you. If you use more than you really need during peak periods and periods when load shedding is taking place, you are actively promoting load shedding.

People often ask why large industries are not switched off rather than asking small users like you and me to turn things off - surely this would be much simpler? (Just for the record, large industries ARE also turned off)

Surprisingly (to many people) ZESA experiences its largest usage of electricity in the mornings when everyone wakes up, showers, shaves, cooks, etc. and again in the evenings when the same thing happens. Many people wrongly believe that most power is used during the day when everyone is at work and "all the machines are running" - this is not the case. All of these "small little homes" everywhere has a much larger daily impact on the network than the large industries and mines. These large consumers utilize electricity at a more or less constant rate - this means that the load profile (the shape of the energy consumption pattern) of these users is close to a flat line.

In contrast to that, the residential load profile is highly variable and unfortunately everyone uses power at roughly the same time in their homes. This causes peak loads on the network that are very difficult to handle.
Every light that is burning unnecessarily puts strain on the network, not only that but to supply that light bulb with power, the power stations need to burn coal, which contributes to pollution and global climate change.

Any load that is on during these peak times rather than at a different time contributes to the problem. Using your washing machine, dishwasher, pool pump, etc. during peak times enlarges the problem and contributes to the likelihood of, or prolonging of load shedding.

Questionnare

Do you have energy saver bulbs in your house?

Yes - 76.9%
NO - 23.1%
What is an energy saver bulb? - 0%

Total votes: 26
The voting for this poll has ended on: 13 Jan 2013 - 10:21

Load Shedding Status

    Minimal
    Light

 
  Moderate
    Heavy
    Severe

Power Generation Stats

Gen Station

05 June 2017

Energy
(Megawatts)
Hwange

546 MW

Kariba 694 MW
Harare

0     MW

Munyati 0     MW
Bulawayo 

0     MW

Imports   0-350 MW
Total

 

1620MW

Comparative Average Tariffs

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  • Regional Tariffs

US14c kWh

  • Zimbabwe Tarriffs

US9.83c kWh

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Load Shedding Status

    Minimal
    Light

 
  Moderate
    Heavy
    Severe

Power Generation Stats

Gen Station

05 June 2017

Energy
(Megawatts)
Hwange

546 MW

Kariba 694 MW
Harare

0     MW

Munyati 0     MW
Bulawayo 

0     MW

Imports   0-350 MW
Total

 

1620MW

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ZESA HOLDINGS (PVT) LTD

 

 

 

POWER SUPPLY UPDATE

 

ZESA Holdings would like to advise its valued customers countrywide of the reduction in generation at Kariba Power Station due to depleted dam water levels, commencing on Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 1800hrs, in compliance with the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) requirement to scale down on water consumption.

 

Generation will consequently be reduced from the normal 750MW to 475MW until dam levels have risen to the requisite levels.

 

During this period, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) will take full advantage of the reduction of Units in service at Kariba to undertake the annual statutory maintenance, scheduled to be conducted between the 1st of September 2015 and 28 January 2016.

 

Whilst generation at thermal power stations is not affected by hydrological issues, Units at Hwange Power Station will also undergo statutory maintenance which will be completed by 7 October 2015, to ensure greater safety and reliability going forward.

 

The power utility further advises customers that the planned annual maintenance of Hwange and the reduction in water levels at Kariba dam will lead to changes being effected to the previously publicized load shedding schedule.

 

Consumers will experience suppressed power supplies until generation is brought back to normal levels.

 

Although the effects of load shedding will be minimized with possible power imports where available, ZESA Holdings urges consumers to use the available power very sparingly to minimize the extent and duration of load shedding.

 

ZESA Holdings sincerely apologises for the unavoidable inconvenience caused.