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Medupi Power Station, Johannesburg – Photo: Alan Daly / Flickr

How load shedding can end up “doubling the cost” of your electricity bills

Eskom are still sweeping things under the rug: Energy expert Ted Blom has explained how load shedding is making electricity bills more expensive.

Load shedding eskom

Medupi Power Station, Johannesburg – Photo: Alan Daly / Flickr

It’s getting to the point now where we believe that, if you left Eskom in charge of a bonfire for 15 minutes, you’d come back to a flood. Their chaotic management of the load shedding crisis has done nothing to get South Africans back onside, and it seems there’s yet another reason to hold a grudge against the power suppliers.

Eskom’s Mozambique excuse debunked

Ted Blom is a senior energy analyst and a regular contributor to our posts on Eskom. He spoke to Jacaranda FM about the sad state of affairs that has plunged the country into darkness over the past six days. Eskom, who had attempted to blame power cuts on the supply from Mozambique, saw their theory blown to bits by Blom:

“The Mozambique supply is worth just over 1000MW and we’ve had it for 30 years. That’s not been part of our base-load. Mozambique has faced all sorts of trouble over the past few decades.”

“Those lines have always been incredibly vulnerable to disruptions. For that reason, Eskom never called it base-load, and South Africa never depended on it. The only reason we kept going was because it was super-cheap.”

Ted Blom

How load shedding is making electricity bills more expensive

On Tuesday, Blom told us that Eskom had secretly slipped a Stage 5 load shedding schedule into rotation without telling the public. He claims they exceeded the maximum amount of power they could conserve and still call it Stage 4, saying that 4900MW was taken off the grid on Monday.

In terms of sweeping things under the rug, Eskom may well be making a habit of this during the load shedding schedule. Blom told the radio station that these blackouts are having a major impact on the cost of our electricity bills, saying that consumers may have to “pay double their usual amount” due to power surges:

“When appliances come back on, electricity demand also surges. You then pay charges for ‘peak demand’. If your peak demand goes up, you pay an extra penalty on your account. This constant switch from ‘on-to-off’ can cost double the price of your monthly bill.”

“Consumers maybe not aware but if power is not available and you’re paying for it as a rule, you are paying your “line charge”. If it’s not available, each person is entitled to a rebate. If you are having trouble getting it reduced, contact me and I’ll help you resolve it.”

Ted Blom

Pravin In Wonderland

Eskom-buster Ted also called the utility’s presentation “bullshit” on Tuesday. Minister Pravin Gordhan and Chairperson Jabu Mabuza addressed the media to explain what would happen next with Eskom. Without any conclusive answers to speak of, Blom labelled the exercise as pure “Alice In Wonderland” stuff.