A company with the sign “no light” in one of the cuts from months ago (Maximiliano Luna)

Amid new temperature records, another massive power outage affected more than 2.2 million users in the Federal Capital and Greater Buenos Aires.

The saturation of the power lines lasted a few minutes and the current began to return. However, around 5:00 p.m., there were more than 140,000 users without electricity, the vast majority from Edesur, according to official data from the National Electricity Regulatory Entity (ENRE).

“In the Edenor area 53% Edeson 23% of the load. They are raising the same due to a protective nature as we maintain record demand higher than yesterday,” he said. Walter MartelloREC controller.

Other official sources explained that the outage was caused by “a charging problem”, which in addition to what was mentioned above by the two distributors, Edenor and Edesur, also impacted part of the game. from La Plata. “It is the product of the overload of the new all-time high, for the second day, which is recorded to blow up the protectors,” they said.

“During the first hour, many cuts in the Edenor area have already been lifted, there are still a number of 100,000 Edesur users without electricity, some of which are due to this event and others to events “As soon as the temperature drops in the next few hours, the charging situation should be resolved. This is not the case for other events,” they stressed from the government.

The peak of the drop in energy demand during today's outage
The peak of the drop in energy demand during today’s outage

According to a report by the Wholesale Electricity Market Administration Company (Cammesa), electricity demand has reached an all-time high of 29,089 megawatts (MW) at 3:15 p.m., surpassing the previous record of 28,562 MW recorded last Friday. At that time, the temperature in Buenos Aires was 36.1 degrees. He thus broke the record recorded only 3 days ago.

AySA requested rational use of the drinking water service due to a power outage that affected its systems.

“AySA informs that due to an interruption in the power supply to several of the company’s establishments, its drinking water production and distribution systems have been affected and are gradually entering into service. The company recalls that the two systems are electrically dependent and are seriously affected by this type of incident,” said the water company.

He also recalled his means of communication with his customers: 0800-321-AGUA (2482) for 24 hours, WhatsApp: 11-5984-5794 or on the official Instagram channels: @aysa.oficial, Twitter: @aysa_oficial, Facebook: AySA .Argentina, Telegram: @AySA_Oficial_bot or by chat-bot on www.aysa.com.ar from 6 a.m. to midnight.

On the first day of this month, a blackout left half the country without electricity and affected more than 20 million Argentines. Much of AMBA, Córdoba, Santa Fe, La Rioja, Tucumán, La Pampa, Río Negro, Neuquén, Mendoza and San Juan were without power for more than two hours.

“There was a serious electrical contingency, as Transener reported, a 500 kV Campana-Rodríguez line went out due to a fire. At the same time, Atucha I was disconnected (the causes are under investigation) and other power plants, such as Central Puerto,” official sources pointed out at the time, explaining that these plants are working, but have been left disconnected. of the system as part of a control mechanism. .

The fire under the towers, March 1
The fire under the towers, March 1

To understand the magnitude of what this outage meant, a number is worth a number: of the 26,000 MV demand that existed at the time of the incident, a high level due to high temperatures, more than 9,000 MV were taken out of service, because explained by the under-secretary of electrical energy, Santiago Yanotti. This drop of more than a third in demand means that nearly 20 million users have been left without electricity.

After 6:30 p.m., service began to be restored in different parts of the country. As CAMMESA, the wholesale electricity company, reports, “work is underway rapidly” to normalize the situation. In this way, partial cuts were resolved in Chubut north of Santa Cruz. Service has also been restored on the 500 kV Río Santa Cruz – Esperanza line, reducing outages in southern Patagonia province.

On that day, the Atucha 1 nuclear power plant stopped working and the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, filed a criminal complaint to determine whether the fires that caused the blackout were intentional. The case is still open and under investigation.

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