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The Cuban regime admitted that the island will suffer more blackouts throughout Saturday

The expected energy deficit for the hours of greatest consumption in Cuba will be 26% of the maximum generation capacity, reported this Saturday the state-owned company Unión Eléctrica (UNE) controlled by the Cuban dictatorship.

Despite decreasing compared to other days this week when the deficit exceeded 50% of generation capacity, power outages are expected during the day.

The long and annoying blackouts of recent days have affected all the country’s provinces, including Havana, for months, sometimes with up to 12 consecutive hours without electricity.

As reported by the UNE, the generation capacity at peak hours will amount to 2,330 megawatts (MW), while the maximum demand will be 2,950 MW, so the calculated deficit will be around 620 MW.

The state company also calculates a maximum impact of 690 MW in the hours of greatest consumption, and 650 MW during the day.

The service was affected yesterday, Friday, due to a lack of capacity during 24 hours a day, as well as throughout the early hours of today, specified the daily part of the distribution company.

Power outages – due to failures and breakages in old-fashioned thermoelectric plants, lack of fuel and scheduled maintenance – are becoming more frequent in the country.

According to data from the UNE, reviewed by the Efe news agency, on 60 of the 62 days in July and August power cuts were recorded on the Caribbean island.

The blackouts affect all areas of the economy and notably the daily life of Cubans, which is increasing social discontent in a country that is going through a severe crisis.

In recent days there have been several dozen protests such as the Nuevitas (east), with two consecutive nights of demonstrations.

Blackouts were last year one of the main reasons behind the July 11 protests against the dictatorship, the largest in decades.

Cuba relies heavily on foreign oil to produce energy (thermoelectric plants generate two-thirds of the electricity) and its main supplier, Venezuela, has notably reduced its shipments.

Protests continue to increase in Cuba, which is mired in a deep crisis: 361 were registered in August

The protests in Cuba continue to increase on the island, despite the repression and harassment of the dictatorship. The Cuban Conflict Observatory (OCC) registered 361 demonstrations in the provinces of the Caribbean country in August. On average, there were more than 11 daily public demonstrations against the Castro regime in a context of political, economic and social crisis.

The OCC points out that the electricity cuts in the month of July motivated 79 protests of different modalities. Of these, 49 occurred in the form of street cacerolazos.

“Cacerolazos increased by 145%, from 20 in July to 49 this month. They continued throughout August, with Artemisa being the province with the highest number of protests of this type (8), followed by Cienfuegos (7) and Holguín and Camagüey with 6″, says the report.

The recent report reveals that “the increase in protests for economic and social reasons is related to electricity cuts (blackouts), the collapse of the health system in the face of the growing dengue epidemic, food and medicine shortages, as well as the inflation and garbage collection.

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José Martí
José Martí
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