JOHANNESBURG, Sept 2 (Reuters) — South African state power utility Eskom said it would ramp up power cuts on Wednesday, as cold weather caused a spike in demand after many of its generating units had broken down.
The company, which started implementing “stage 2” power cuts on Tuesday, said that from 3 p.m. Wednesday it would increase them to “stage 4,” requiring up to 4,000 megawatts (MW) of power to be shed from the national grid.
It said 11,300 MW of its roughly 44,000 MW nominal capacity was offline because of unplanned breakdowns, adding to 5,040 MW on planned maintenance.
It has been anomalously cold across much of Southern Africa of late, with temperature departures sinking as much as 16C below the seasonal average:
Eskom’s struggles to power Africa’s most industrialized nation are one of the main obstacles to economic growth. And, according to the company, the recent cuts will persist throughout the remainder of the week due to the inclement weather.
MEC of Environmental Affairs, Anton Bredell said: “The very cold weather is set to continue and the public is urged to take note of the continued warnings. Disaster responders remain on standby and are responding where emergencies are being reported. The emergency number is 112.”
Disaster Risk Management Center spokesperson Charlotte Powell said on Wednesday: “We are appealing to Capetonians to please exercise extreme caution during the very cold and wet conditions that have set in and are expected to continue over the next few days.”
The COLD TIMES are returning in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow; and both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Prepare for the COLD— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift