According to ENRE records, at 4:05 p.m., the electricity distribution company Edesur reported 25,669 users without service, while Edenor reported 3,161 power outages.
Buenos Aires neighborhoods without electricity are Boedo, Constitución, Balvanera, Barracas, Caballito, Constitución, Flores, La Boca, Slaughterhouses, Chacabuco Park and Villa del Parque, and towns in the southern suburbs such as Almirante Brown, Ezeiza, Avellaneda and Florencio Varela, among others, due to interruptions in the medium or low voltage service. In the West and North those affected were Merlo, Moreno, La Matanza and José C. Paz, Ituzaingó, Pilar, Tres de Febrero, Hurlingham and Tigre, among others.
Within this framework, the national government asked large industries to restrict supply from 1 to 4 pm to avoid stressing the system and maintain residential supply. “The system is working at full capacity. We have communicated with the large users, who demand the most and do not have a continuous cycle, so that during peak hours they reduce the demand for energy“, affirmed Darío Martínez, Secretary of Energy of the Nation.
“We are facing a historical peak in demand, in the middle of a process of economic growth that is combined with a heat wave throughout the country, and that is why we have asked the support and solidarity of the sector that demands the greatest energy, which is the industry with 30%, we hope that can be noticed “added the official.
According to Martínez, the national energy system today “It generates enough energy that Argentina demands, but with greater growth these are challenges that must be taken up.”
The Minister of Security, Aníbal Fernández, assured that the system is not fragile. “We take a situation of generation disorder, fundamentally for companies, today in growth. We have to continue ordering and investing”, he asserted. And he added that the large users will support the Government’s request: “The Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Energy spoke with all those (industrialists) who do not have a continuous cycle that reduce consumption between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., instead of not having anything in case it is cut, you have less. Normally companies are logical and intelligent to operate a machinery of which they are part “.
The chamber companies gave their commitment to the Government to accompany the reduction of electricity consumption. The general secretary of the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME), Ricardo Diab, he assured that “It is time to support and accompany” the Government’s request made to the business sector to reduce energy demand for 48 hours.
“If the issue is for two days and coordinated, there is no difficulty in accompanying the request”Diab said in statements to Radio Con Vos and specified that the Government’s recommendation “It is not so that all the machines are turned off, if not to rationalize consumption”.
The president of Industriales Pymes Argentinos (IPA), Daniel Rosato, He clarified that the request does not include industries with continuous processes, since in that case the alteration of the production modalities becomes more difficult and onerous. The leader stressed that “for the first time” a government resorts to warning companies in advance so that they can design their activity, and in this way “minimize the negative impact” due to the temporary drop in production. “It always happened that they cut our power without warning, wreaking havoc on us”, he raised.
For its part, Pro Tejer Foundation, who leads Priscilla Makari and groups together chambers and companies in the textile sector, released a statement in which it states that it will accompany “the government initiative reducing the use of electrical energy to the minimum possible at the requested times to avoid greater tensions in the system.”
To maintain the service, Edesur installed generators in the City of Buenos Aires and Greater Buenos Aires to reinforce the system in the face of the heat wave. Through a statement issued at noon, Edesur apologized to customers for “the inconvenience caused” and remembered “measures to save energy“.
Edesur placed Four Packs generators in different parts of the Federal Capital and Greater Buenos Aires, as an extraordinary measure to reinforce the electrical system in the face of the historical heat wave that the country is facing.
Another of the measures that the Government adopted to avoid electricity cuts in homes was to decree an administrative leave in the public function from 12 noon. The same will happen this Friday. The Chamber of Deputies joined. In this way, most government buildings would close their doors and would have no need to consume electricity. The head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, refused to implement that decision and stated that he has “the vast majority of people doomed to care for the pandemic.”