Havana, Sep 19. An electricity generation deficit of up to 38% will cause blackouts throughout Cuba on Monday, the state-owned Unión Eléctrica (UNE) estimated in a statement.
The energy crisis that has been affecting Cuba for months worsened again this Sunday with the forced shutdown due to technical problems at the Antonio Guiteras power plant, one of the largest in the country.
Frequent blackouts have exceeded 12 consecutive hours in some provinces, which has had a negative impact on the economic and social life of Cuba, which has been going through a serious crisis for two years.
UNE estimates for this Monday a maximum generation capacity of 2,260 megawatts (MW) and a peak demand of 2,980 MW, so the deficit will reach 820 MW.
The electric company also calculates that a maximum of 890 MW will be affected, almost 30% of the demand during peak hours.
Power outages - due to breakages and failures in the antiquated thermoelectric plants, lack of fuel and scheduled maintenance - are becoming more and more frequent in the country.
In 60 of the 62 days of July and August there were blackouts on the Caribbean island, according to UNE data collated by Efe. September is progressing along similar lines.
The Cuban government recently announced that it aims to reduce blackouts before the end of this year through repairs and new investments.
The power cuts affect all areas of the economy and notably the daily life of Cubans, which is fueling social discontent in a country undergoing a severe crisis.
These were one of the main reasons behind the anti-government protests of July 11, 2021, the largest in decades.
Cuba depends heavily on foreign oil to produce energy (thermoelectric plants generate two thirds of electricity) and its main supplier, Venezuela, has significantly decreased its shipments. EFE