‘Eskom’s call will do little good’

Business Report 1 August 2012.

Eskom’s appeal to business for a radical shift in working hours as a way of reducing electricity consumption in the evenings will do little good because it addresses the wrong problem‚ says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“The evening period of peak demand – from 5pm to 9pm – is caused by domestic consumers who switch on their electric stoves and electric heaters during this time. It has very little to do with business‚” said Michael Bagraim‚ President of the Chamber…

(Editor’s note: Rather than ‘appealing’, Eskom and the municipalities should implement time of use tariffs and provide incentives for businesses and residences to change their consumption behaviour.)