Author: Jon Kornik

One of the unintended consequences of load shedding is that when the power is turned back on in an area, most geysers switch back on at the same time and work hard to reheat water that had cooled, leading to sudden surges in demand. This is called ‘comeback load’, and a new study shows that this phenomenon pushes up maximum geyser energy consumption across some areas by 90%. Considering that geysers are responsible for approximately half of household electricity use, this creates havoc for local municipalities and the grid operator, and impacts consumers as well. Implications of Comeback Load Comeback…

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