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    State electricity company forecasts blackouts in 14% of Cuba this Thursday


    May 25, 2023 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Havana, May 25. The state-owned company Unión Eléctrica (UNE) forecasts blackouts in 14% of Cuba this Thursday evening, a slight decrease compared to the previous day.

      Power outages were registered again at the beginning of this week, although without reaching last year's levels, when they exceeded 50%.

      UNE estimates for today a generation availability during peak hours of 2,430 MW megawatts (MW) and an estimated demand of 2,750 MW.

      The difference between supply and demand (the deficit) will reach 320 MW and what will actually be disconnected (the effect) will be 390 MW.

      Cuba's power grid is going through a precarious situation with failures and breakages in several of its eight land-based thermoelectric power plants, most of them more than 30 years old, lack of investments and fuel deficit.

      In the last five years, the Cuban government has rented several floating power plants to address the lack of generation capacity.

      It also scheduled maintenance work during the first months of the year to ensure that the power plants are in optimal conditions for the summer months in July and August.

      Blackouts increased at the beginning of 2023 following failures in the national power grid that left more than half of the country without electricity. EFE

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