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Why do we have load shedding?

Since 2007, the country experienced load shedding as a result of the shortage of capacity in the country. What exactly is load shedding?

Load shedding simply stated is a controlled temporary way of cutting power to parts of the country when there is not enough electricity to meet the needs of customers. This is as a result of a shortage of capacity and a high demand for electricity.

In the past, and when ZESA had excess capacity, we would have comfortably gone through maintenance, unplanned outages, load losses, and an increase in demand without affecting customers. Given the current capacity shortage ZESA was forced to introduce load shedding.

ZESA's business is one of supply and demand. When you need electricity - to switch on a light, cook, send a fax, print a document, or watch television, ZESA has to supply the power to meet that demand. ZESA's system controllers on a daily basis, - 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - have to balance this supply and demand.

On a typical work day, demand starts increasing from two o’ clock in the morning, climbing steadily as people wake up, get ready for work, open shops, factories and offices. Between seven and ten o’ clock, the system experiences its morning peak load. The load then eases off until the evening peak. Demand starts to increase from about four o’ clock when people return home and switch on televisions and stoves. Between six and nine o’ clock, the system experiences its evening peak load.

Any problem on the system such as a breakdown at a power generation station or on a transmission line, can impact the supply to customers.. When this happens, the system is unable to meet the demand of customers. ZESA system controllers under these conditions have no choice but to implement load shedding as a last resort.

Load shedding is done on a rotational basis nation-wide at ZESA's request. ZESA customers being load shed will experience a power failure for not more than 5 hours.

Customers can obtain load shedding schedules on the ZESA website www.zesa.co.zw or by contacting their nearest customer’s service centers for more information.

The Zimbabwean power system will remain vulnerable for the next five to eight years given the shortage of capacity to generate more electricity.This is a national challenge that requires all of us to contribute towards a solution.

Together we have the power to save.

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Load Shedding Status

  Minimal
Light

 
Moderate
Heavy
Severe

Power Generation Stats

Gen Station

10 December  2018

Energy
(Megawatts)
Hwange

        402 MW

Kariba  578-1038 MW
Harare

            0   MW

Munyati              18  MW 
Bulawayo 

          20  MW

Imports

      0-50 MW      

Total

 

    1458 MW

Comparative Average Tariffs

  • Global 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

10 December  2018

Energy
(Megawatts)
Hwange

        402 MW

Kariba  578-1038 MW
Harare

            0   MW

Munyati              18  MW 
Bulawayo 

          20  MW

Imports

      0-50 MW      

Total

 

    1458 MW