The Kouga Municipality together with Escotek commenced with a Demand Side Management (DSM) Geyser Relay System in 2012 to meet the challenge of an increasing demand for electricity combined with the strained supply on the country’s electrical grid. The project encompasses the installation, maintenance and load shifting of geysers in Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay, which allows the Municipality to effectively manage the demand for electricity during peak periods.
The system automatically switches off the power supply to residential geysers for short periods during these peak times. By managing the load effectively, the likelihood of total blackouts may be reduced, while technical failures in our national distribution system can be prevented. The cost of electricity distribution is also reduced in the process.
A total of 6200 Geyser Relay control units have been installed in the area. The Municipality and Eskom wish to thank Kouga residents for their positive attitudes and support in allowing the installation of these relays. At present the Escotek team continues to maintain the system in the area to effectively execute load shifting.