Thousands of users were suffering power cuts yesterday in Buenos Aires and surrounding areas, when Argentina is going through a wave of extreme heat and record electricity consumption, after the government took a series of measures to prioritize residential energy.
According to data compiled by the Ente Nacional Regulador de la Electricidad (ENRE), 78,295 users were without electricity supply in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area at 16:40 local time; some 64,812 in the concession area of the distribution company Edesur and 13,483 in the area of the company Edenor.
These outages occur when Argentina is going through this week an extreme heat wave with a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Service.
Already last Tuesday the Buenos Aires metropolitan area suffered a power outage affecting some 700,000 users. To mitigate a crisis in the residential area, the government of Alberto Fernandez took a series of measures to save energy.
The Executive ordered public employees to work remotely from midday on Thursday. In addition, it asked several chambers of the industrial sector, which consumes 30% of the total energy, to reduce their energy consumption this weekend.