Government has commended ZESCO management for improving the efficiency at the state owned power firm.
Energy Minister Christopher Yaluma said government is impressed with the operational changes that the management team at ZESCO has employed.
“The ZESCO of about nine months ago is totally different from the ZESCO is see today,” Mr. Yaluma said.
Mr Yaluma was speaking Saturday night at the launch of the Power Alert System at the ZESCO stand during the ongoing Agriculture and Commercial Show.
The Power Alert System is a mechanism through which ZESCO will send a timely alert through radio and TV to electricity consumers to switch appliances which they do not need to use to reduce pressure on the supply system.
The Power Alerts will be sent through ZNBC TV, ZNBC Radio 1 and 2 during electricity peak hours between 18 Hours and 22 Hours.
“Clearly the ZESCO of today is far much better than the ZESCO we had before. We have a focused management team and the fruits are beginning to show. The ZESCO I see today has totally changed in terms of customer service” Mr Yaluma said.
“You know the biggest problem with that you never know what ZESCO is doing until when you have load shedding but I know that these guys are busy planning on how to serve you better.”
“But here tonight I can say ZESCO is doing a very commendable job. ZESCO has ambitious programme, a basket of things, approved and not just a basket of wish list but approved projects to improve electricity supply,” Mr Yaluma said.
Mr. Yaluma also commended ZESCO management for reinvesting in new infrastructure projects to improve generation and supply.
‘So let’s support ZESCO, let’s give them some time and see what they are trying to do for Zambia and am positive that we will soon see a totally transformed power supply in this country.”
Mr Yaluma said government is happy that ZESCO has finally implemented the Power Alert strategic which he said has been successful in other countries such as South Africa and Namibia.
And ZESCO Managing Director Cyprian Chitundu said the power utility is hoping to reduce load shedding by 200 megawatts using a cocktail of demand side management.
Mr. Chitundu said an energy saving culture can help release the system capacity and significantly reduce load shedding.
He said ZESCO currently has a power deficit of 120 megawatts using peak hours.