Demand at 14:35 hours reached 2,185 MW, which is Uruguay's historical maximum. The previous one was 2,128 MW last winter (06/28/2021) and 2,121 MW in summer (01/29/2019).
It should be noted that despite the drought that strongly affects the country and particularly the hydroelectric power plants and the prevailing heat wave, the capacity of the electric system allows UTE to satisfactorily cover these demand extremes.
What is relevant is that for the first time the historical peak of demand occurs in summer, reversing what had been happening for decades, since the peak always occurred in winter.
Fire in Solymar
On the same day, at around 2:30 p.m., a fire was reported in fields adjacent to the Transmission Station and High Voltage lines in Solymar. For safety reasons, the supply that feeds this station had to be interrupted, which affected 61,621 customers of the Gold Coast.
Immediately, UTE personnel started maneuvers in the network to restore the service, operating from nearby stations, while waiting for the fire to be controlled. Around 4:00 p.m. all the affected services were restored.
There have also been fires in the areas of Santa Clara, Tupambaé, Zapicán and Cebollatí, affecting service to some 2,800 customers.
In the event of fires, UTE always acts according to the requirements of the Fire Department, in order to de-energize the affected areas to guarantee the safety of those who are extinguishing the fires.