More than 75,000 users are still without power in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires in the middle of the heat wave and after a Monday in which a new peak of electricity consumption was reached, with a record demand of 29,105 MW.
At 7:00 a.m. this Tuesday, March 14, with a thermal sensation of 31.2 degrees Celsius, 77,632 users had no electricity service. In total, Edesur contributed 73,104 affected, while Edenor, about 4528.
Although the number of users without electricity supply decreased compared to Monday's peak, when a record electricity demand was reached and 135,590 users were without power, in the early hours of Tuesday the number of outages began to increase in different neighborhoods of the Federal Capital and the province of Buenos Aires.
Between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m., the number of users without electricity rose from 68,000 to more than 75,000. The most important spots of neighborhoods without electricity were in the south of the suburban area: Lomas de Zamora, Temperley, Banfield, Monte Grande, Luis Guillón, Llavallol, Ezeiza and San Francisco Solano are the localities that are still without electricity.
During the first hours of Tuesday, even with the power cuts, the high electricity demand continued to rise: 21,069 MW at 7:05 a.m., higher than that recorded on Monday.
According to data from the company that manages the wholesale electricity market, CAMMESA, a new historical maximum of energy consumption was recorded on Monday. At 15:28, SADI's power demand reached 29,105 MW.
Thus, it surpassed the previous record reached on Friday, March 10 (28,562 MW). Meanwhile, only in the AMBA region, a new maximum of 11,217 MW was reached at 15:25.
On Saturday, March 11, for the first time in its history, CABA exceeded the maximum heat wave temperature threshold for 12 consecutive days. The previous record was from 2017 with 11 days. As reported by the National Meteorological Service (SMN), 38.6 °C temperature was recorded that day, the highest for March since 1906.
Power outages: which CABA neighborhoods are without service.
The CABA neighborhoods most affected by the lack of electricity (low and high voltage) are the following:
- Parque Patricios
- Chacabuco Park
- San Cristobal
- Villa Devoto
- Villa Lugano
Power outages: which districts of the conurbano are without electricity service
The districts of the Buenos Aires suburban area most affected by power outages (low and high voltage) are the following:
- Lomas de Zamora
- Almirante Brown
- La Matanza
- Tres de Febrero
- San Miguel
- Vicente Lopez
- José C. Paz
- Malvinas Argentinas
- Florencio Varela