Unión Eléctrica announces more massive blackouts due to “energy generation deficit”

MIAMI, United States. — The Cuban Electric Union (UNE) announced more blackouts for this Monday throughout the national territory due to a lack of power generation capacity.

The damage began in the morning hours, according to the company in a release posted on social media.

“It is forecast that from 08:00 hours the service will begin to be affected due to a deficit in generation capacity, with a maximum of 350 MW at noon,” says the UNE note.

The state company indicated that units 6 and 7 of the Máximo Gómez Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTE) (Artemisa), unit 4 of the CTE Diez de Octubre (Havana) and unit 5 of the CTE are out of circulation due to breakdowns. Antonio Maceo (Santiago de Cuba).

In addition to the units that are out of service due to breakdowns, units 1 and 2 of the CTE Lidio Ramón Pérez (Holguín) and unit 6 of the CTE Antonio Maceo (Santiago de Cuba) receive maintenance.

In total, a thermal generation deficit of 467 megawatts (MW) is expected for this Monday.

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In the case of distributed generation, which is produced by generators, renewable energy sources and other independent units, a deficit of 1,080 MW is recorded due to breakdowns and 414 MW in maintenance.

“With this forecast, an availability of 2,556 MW and a maximum demand of 2,750 MW are estimated for the peak hour, for a deficit of 194 MW, for which affectations to the service are forecast during this hour,” the information added.

The UNE assured that “all measures to restrict consumption in the state sector are implemented” to reduce the effects on the residential sector.

This Sunday blackouts were recorded on the island due to lack of generation capacity throughout the day. According to the UNE, the maximum impact was reported at 10:00 p.m. due to a deficit of 205 MW.

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