South Africa’s electricity consumption has fallen 14% from a peak reached nine years ago.
South Africa used 18 827 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of power in March, according to a Statistics SA report.
Historical data shows July tends to be the country’s heaviest electricity usage month, and a record 21 780GWh were drawn in July 2007, straining Eskom’s generation capacity and leading to rolling blackouts.
Electricity consumption is a simple measure of a country’s industrial health, and the closure of BHP Billiton’s power-guzzling aluminium smelters, along with many mines placed under care and maintenance, has alleviated South Africa’s power crunch over the past few years.
March’s consumption was 6% lower than the same month last year, and Eskom generated 93% of the total 20 666GWh produced in South Africa. Electricity imports fell 14% to 1 000GWh from March 2015, while exports grew 16,2% to 1 427GWh.
Source: Business Day Live