Load limiting project
Make the smart switch, take control of your power usage, and enjoy the benefits of load limiting.
Load limiting is a demand management solution that allows Eskom to load limit the maximum output power of a smart meter for a pre defined period for the purpose of controlling demand in consultation with customers. To activate load limiting, a schedule is sent remotely to the meter during the beginning of the pilot and is set to expire after a pre-determined period. Customers are encouraged to switch off high consuming appliances like geyser, stove, washing machine and pool pump during this period. If such appliances are not switched off, the meter will disconnect supply for a period (configured) and display reasons on the meter for the disconnection. In this case the meter will display “Power overload.”
Eskom introduced a Smart meter Load limiting project to manage and optimise electricity consumption during constrained periods.(load limiting is a demand management solution that is used when demand for power exceeds supply, and the grid is constrained).
The programme is gaining great momentum following the implementation of residential load limiting project to 12 500 smart meter customers. When the solution is fully implemented it allows areas with smart meters to be prevented from stage 1 to 4 loadshedding.
Benefits of load limiting
- Potential reduction of loadshedding from stage 1 to 4.
- Continuation of essential appliances (lights, TV, cellphone and charger).
- Assisting the utility to balance the required load against available supply in an effort to reduce the impact of loadshedding.
For more information on Smart Meters and load limiting send email to your respective province.