Sole electricity provider Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has said if consumers can heed to its call of using electricity wisely “wherever possible,” the country’s electricity woes could be eased.
About less than a fortnight ago, Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (ENGENCO) announced to the nation to brace for “more blackouts” citing the drop of water levels in Lake Malawi.
But in a statement published in the press, ESCOM said this being winter season, there is heightened demand for electricity by consumers for “air-conditioning and heating.”
According to ESCOM, the season also coincides with the tobacco processing season which also demands a lot of electricity.
“This increase in demand reduces the availability of spare generation capacity during the morning and evening peak demand periods. Load shedding may thus be effected at times in the event that the demand is higher than the available generation capacity,” reads ESCOM statement in part.
ESCOM has also encouraged industrial consumers to use energy efficient appliances, maintain good power factor levels, and switch off all appliances that are not needed when leaving work areas, living spaces and factories.
“Domestic consumers are encouraged to switch of all appliances that are not in use such as geysers, lighting, cookers, water and pool pumps,” adds the statement.
ESCOM says it is expected to save close to 17MW through the sale of Light Emitting Diodes (LED).
Additionally, says ESCOM, it will be getting a total of 8MW of electrical energy from neighboring Mozambique to supply some of the border towns in Malawi.