ZESA Now Accessing 300MW From Southern Africa Power Pool’s Day-Ahead Market

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ZESA’s efforts to ease the power crisis are finally producing results even if the impact right now is minimal. Yesterday, Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa claimed that ZETDC has finally gotten access to electricity from the Southern Africa Power Pool due to a US$2 million facility.

…Furthermore, ZESA is now accessing 300MW during off-peak hours. This additional power is availed through the Southern African Pool Day Ahead Market under a US$2 million facility which was mobilised by ZETDC from its own resources. This [additional power] has reduced the duration of loadshedding nationally in most areas – I’m sure you have noticed, we are actually getting our electricity earlier than before and its taking longer to go in the morning.

Cabinet was informed that pertaining to the 400MW Eskom Import Power Scheme; negotiations are still under way and a more definitive position on the outcome of the negotiations will be issued once the remaining loose ends have been concluded.

Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa

The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) is a cooperation of the national electricity companies in Southern Africa with the support of the SADC. The members of SAPP have created a common power grid between their countries and a common market for electricity in the SADC region.

Day-ahead market??

The Day-Ahead Market system allows participants to sell non-committed generation capacity (and in future possibly demand-side resources) on a day-ahead basis, and contributes to the regional optimisation of energy resources. Significant savings on time and effort, as well as a dramatic increase in the reliability of the settlement process, have been realised.
For SAPP the Day-Ahead Market system is a sustainable asset, playing an important role in the management and operation of the power supply infrastructure in Southern Africa.

The day-ahead market the Honourable Minister referred to is a system to enable daily trading of electricity between SADC countries (and administrate and settle complex electricity trading agreements). The market was established back in 2006/7 and was the first implementation outside Europe and the world’s largest power exchange.

Spot the difference

As the Minister claimed in the Cabinet briefing load-shedding appears to have reduced in duration by about 3 hours in our area, though I’ve seen some people on Twitter complain that they are yet to see any changes whatsoever.

Hopefully, the negotiations with Eskom go well and the power crisis that has crippled businesses across the country can restore normal service.

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  1. Anonymous

    Why is it then that power cuts to industry have got WORSE!

    1. Muromo

      Because the primitive Honourables have a standing directive to ZESA to supply them with priority power at whatever cost. Hence they have electricity at Govt Complexes and Politicians homes.

      The power crisis is viewed and felt in terms of lights at home and cooking with magetsi – not Industrial production. They say don’t worry, China our all weather friend will produce for us. All we do is import containers.

  2. kaguvi

    What did you drink todsy munhu washe? If power supply has increased yo that level why am I sitting in the dark having spent the whole day sitting at work with no power to turn on our welding madchined snd grinders. And why is my eife outside busy getting her eyes red cooking by the fire

    1. Farai Mudzingwa

      I acknowledged that this isn’t the case for everyone Kaguvi. “…though I’ve seen some people on Twitter complain that they are yet to see any changes whatsoever.” Also, the first line of the article noted that the impact is minimal: “ZESA’s efforts to ease the power crisis are finally producing results even if the impact right now is minimal.” Is sitting in the dark the whole day also affecting your comprehension skills?

  3. Vallerie

    If power supply has increased why magetsi acho akutoda Na 3 am zvato worse than before todzoka kuma 11

  4. Barry

    Haven’t noticed it. Still having 17/18 hour load shedding

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