Eskom’s energy availability factor (EAF) increased by seven percentage points to 60%, a level last seen in September 2022, resulting in much lower stages of load shedding or no load shedding at all on some days.
- An additional 3,339MW of energy was generated due to the improvement in generation, resulting in three stages of load-shedding being reduced.
- The reduction in unplanned loss to less than 16,000MW from 18,000MW, planned maintenance of about 2,500MW, and increased wind power generation from winter weather conditions in coastal areas contributed to the improvement.
- Demand has not peaked to levels expected, but the minister cautioned that demand is likely to rise in the weeks ahead.
- Efforts are being made to accelerate energy projects by reducing regulatory time frames and accessing power generated by a powership in Mozambique.