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    Cuba starts week with blackouts due to 21% deficit in power generation


    September 26, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Havana, Sep 26 - The state-run Cuban Electrical Union (UNE) foresees a deficit of 21% of the maximum power generation capacity during peak consumption hours this Monday.

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      Thus, UNE foresees a day with power outages, a situation that has been affecting all the country's provinces, including Havana, for several months.

      Power outages may exceed 10 hours a day in some regions, which has a negative impact on Cuba's economic and social life in the midst of the crisis it is going through.

      UNE estimates a generation capacity of 2,347 megawatts (MW) for this day's peak consumption hours, a maximum demand of 2,850 MW, so the deficit this day will reach 503 MW.

      The company, which is part of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, also calculates a maximum impact of 573 MW 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.

      The Cuban government seeks to reduce them before the end of this year through repairs and new investments.

      The blackouts 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.

      In recent weeks there have been dozens of protests such as those in Nuevitas (east), with two consecutive nights of demonstrations.

      These were one of the main reasons behind the anti-government protests of July 11 last year, 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 reduced its shipments.

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