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Eskom has come up with a three-pronged plan to reduce electricity demand and maintain supply until 2010.
Public Entreprises Minister Alec Erwin announced the plan at a media briefing yesterday.
In the system security recovery phase, 4000MW of energy reduction is required. The phase is expected to start in February and last for four weeks. This means that 1500MW will be reduced by agreement with key customers such as the mining sector and the rest will be load shedding.
In the power rationing phase, 3 000MW of reduction is required. The phase will last four months from March.
In this phase load shedding can still be expected but will be limited to emergency conditions.
Customers will also experience pre-emptive load shedding (predictive load shedding).
The last phase is the power conservation protocol, which is still being developed. This phase is expected to last four years. Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said California had also experienced blackouts and SA was learning from their experiences.