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Eskom working towards improving energy availability factor

Eskom, the South African electricity public utility, is working towards improving its energy availability factor (EAF). The EAF is a measure of the percentage of time that Eskom’s power plants are available to generate electricity.

Improving the EAF is important for ensuring a reliable supply of electricity to the country. Eskom has faced challenges with aging infrastructure and maintenance issues in recent years, leading to frequent power outages and load shedding.

To improve the EAF, Eskom is focusing on several strategies, including:

  1. Maintenance and refurbishment of power plants: Eskom is investing in the maintenance and refurbishment of its power plants to ensure that they operate at optimal levels and have a longer lifespan.
  2. Renewable energy: Eskom is increasing its use of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, to reduce its reliance on coal-fired power plants.
  3. Demand-side management: Eskom is implementing demand-side management measures to reduce peak demand and manage electricity usage during periods of high demand.
  4. Energy efficiency: Eskom is promoting energy efficiency measures, such as the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances, to reduce overall electricity consumption.

By implementing these strategies, Eskom aims to improve its EAF and ensure a reliable supply of electricity to South Africa.



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