The Government’s concern about the problems with the electricity supply was justified in the face of a day that can mark a record temperature: in CABA, residents of Palermo, Núñez and Belgrano they began to report power outages in the early hours of the morning. Complaints are on the rise on social networks, despite the fact that official data for now does not reflect problems with the energy service.
“It’s going to be a slightly worse day, but if we perform like today we’ll be able to cope well”, Said yesterday Alberto Fernandez when he acknowledged that the blackouts could be repeated as a result of the heat wave that is hitting the country and for which this Friday the maximum temperature in the Buenos aires city It could reach 42 degrees, according to the National Meteorological Service (SMN).
Despite the fact that power outages are increasing with the passing of the hours, theThe figures are not yet reflected on the official website of the National Electricity Regulatory Entity (ENRE). According to the survey carried out at 9:30 in the morning, the area under concession of the company Edenor reported 2,219 users without power supply past 9 in the morning. While, some 8,536 Edesur users They didn’t have light at the same time. That is, more than 10,000 reports throughout the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA).
In Pink House seek to avoid at all costs the images and criticism of the fateful Tuesday in which the oppressive heat and the weak electrical system turned out to be an explosive cocktail for more than 700 thousand users who were without power for hours. For this reason, the Decree published yesterday in the Official Gazette remains in force by which the public administration will carry out its tasks remotely from noon, a time in which energy consumption increases at the same time that the heat seeks its roof.
After the “relief” on Wednesday, yesterday the oppressive heat hit a large part of the country again. At Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), the maximum exceeded 36 ° this Thursday. In the last few hours, the National Meteorological Service (SMN), which had reported a maximum of 40 degrees for this Friday in the Federal Capital, modified its forecast anticipating that the maximum temperature could exceed the records of last Tuesday.
That day, CABA reached the 41.1°, the second highest mark since 1906 and it also exceeded the 40° line, a limit not exceeded since 1995. For today the SMN predicted a maximum of 42°. The 27 degrees registered during the early morning anticipate what will be a new exhausting day. A similar situation will occur in the conurbano where the maximum temperatures of different municipalities oscillate between 40 and 42 degrees.
The heat wave would continue through Sunday. On Saturday a minimum of 27° and a maximum of 38° is expected, while on Sunday it would be 25° and 32°, respectively, accompanied by rain and showers.
For these last days of the week the National Government asked industries to moderate energy consumption between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. so that “households do not suffer” cuts. Yesterday, when leading the signing of the new stage of the +Care Prices Program in Quinta de Olivos, Alberto Fernández He acknowledged that it was a day “it was difficult” due to the high temperatures.
“I don’t know what else is going to happen to us Argentines, we had a heat wave that hadn’t been repeated for I don’t know how many years”, said the President trying to maintain a good humor in the face of the accumulation of problems facing his administration.
In this framework, he thanked the industrialists for having reduced consumption this Thursday, although he acknowledged that the problems with the energy supply could reappear in the coming days if the high temperatures continue. “Tomorrow (for this Friday) is going to be a day a little worse than today, but if tomorrow we fulfill like today we will be able to cope well”, he expressed.
From the Casa Rosada they reported that the talks with the businessmen were conducted by the Secretary of Energy, Darío Martínez, and the Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas, and involved the main industrial chambers.
Yesterday morning, the Government specified that the electrical system had already passed the moment of greatest demand but that they would remain on alert. As detailed by the Minister of Security, Aníbal Fernández, “at 3:11 p.m. the peak (of consumption) occurred with 28,550, compared to 27,495 (now), they are a thousand megabytes less. It is all the work that the Secretariat of Energy and the Ministry of Production have had talking to large consumers so that they lower consumption.”
To reduce electricity consumption, the Government ordered yesterday that public employees not work in their offices. By decree, it was established that on January 13 and 14, 2022, starting at 12 noon, “time from which the highest peaks in energy consumption are verified, the agents of all jurisdictions, agencies and entities of the National Public Sector referred to in article 8 of Law No. 24,156, perform the provision of services through the remote work provision modality, if possible, refraining from staying or attending their places usual work.”
The measure excludes: workers from the Carlos Malbrán Health Institute; the federal security forces; the Armed Forces; staff of the Federal Penitentiary Service; health personnel and the health system; national park rangers and personnel from the Federal Fire Management System; of Migrations; banking institutions and financial entities.
In the aforementioned decree, the Government explained that in part the power outages occur because “The sustained economic reactivation experienced in various sectors of the national economy during the course of 2021 and to date has resulted in a considerable increase in energy demand”.
The head of the City Government, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, differed from Nation and questioned that the state do home office to save energy: “We cannot make them not go to work.” While the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillo, adhered to what was decreed by the President and the public administration of the province carried out their tasks remotely this Thursday and will do so again today.
However, the National Government called for responsible consumption by users in general of private homes and buildings. According to National Electricity Regulatory Entity (ENRE), there are 15,949 users without power in the early hours of Friday morning in the AMBA: 14,512 correspond to Edesur and 1,437 to Edenor.