- Load-shedding is being blamed for increases in people's energy bills
- One expert claims that users get charged more for electricity immediately after load-shedding
- This is because the sudden return of power leads to a surge in electricity use
Experts have warned that load-shedding could drive up your electricity bill up by as much as 100%.
Similarly, some analysts have debunked Eskom's claims that the recent bout of power outages was due to damage done by the cyclone in Mozambique.
These experts paint a picture of a power-utility in crisis, unable to provide the public with straight answers.
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Energy analyst, Ted Blom, told The South African that load-shedding leads to increased electricity expenditure in a number of ways.
For example, when the power returns after load-shedding, this usually leads to a sudden increase in electricity demand. During these 'peak demand' timess electricity rates go up, meaning that when the power come back on after load-shedding, you're actually paying more for it.
Similarly, Blom added that Eskom had secretly started implementing stage 5 load-shedding this week, even before the first rumours of stage 5 surfaced.
This is because stage 4 load-shedding officially refers to 4 000 megawatts being shed in a single day. However, this week, Eskom had shed up to 4900 megawatts per day.
Blom also expressed doubt about the claims Pravin Gordhan made during his press briefing this week and said that it was time Eskom came clean about what is going on.
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