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Why am I asked to save power at the worst possible time?

The idea and principle behind the conserving of energy is that it is better to INFORM the public about the state of the network and ASK them to do something to help, than it is for everyone to experience rolling load shedding of long periods.

When you stop to think about it, it is logical that power usage peaks between 5 and 8 pm when people get home and cook, bath, shower, etc. and again between roughly 6 and 10 in the morning.
The problem is that most people do NOT necessarily think about this – they believe power usage is highest when everyone is at work and all the machines, factories, etc. are running.
We only ask for the stoves and appliances to be off when there is a real danger of power outages . The thinking is that it would be better to eat a little bit later (but still have power) than to try to stick to your normal schedule and not have any power at all – possibly for a few hours.
The main idea is actually to get people to refrain from using appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine, pool pump, etc during these times.
Since the majority of the population do not have any of these appliances but do have stoves, heaters and TV sets, we ask that they manage what they have.
Electricity and the supply thereof is a scarce resource and to extend the supply capacity is extremely expensive. Careless usage also has a DRAMATIC impact on the environment.
We all know that this is not the ideal situation but given the options, this - i.e. saving power when the network is under strain seemed to be the best way to help avoid load shedding until new generators can be constructed – either by ZESA or somebody else (a process that takes up to 7 years).
Please help by doing your bit - if every person switches off only one light, the impact is dramatic and can help avoid load shedding.
Save energy…Kill a watt

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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

11 July 2017

Energy
(Megawatts)
Hwange

537 MW

Kariba 740 MW
Harare

15 MW

Munyati 19 MW
Bulawayo 

20 MW

Imports   0-350 MW
Total

 

1610MW

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US14c kWh

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US9.83c kWh

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Load Shedding Status

    Minimal
    Light

 
  Moderate
    Heavy
    Severe

Power Generation Stats

Gen Station

11 July 2017

Energy
(Megawatts)
Hwange

537 MW

Kariba 740 MW
Harare

15 MW

Munyati 19 MW
Bulawayo 

20 MW

Imports   0-350 MW
Total

 

1610MW

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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.