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The week began with a new day of blackouts in Cuba

The Cuban communist company Unión Eléctrica (UNE) announced this Monday a new day with problems in the energy supply in the country with a deficit in peak hours of 18.9 percent.

According to the entity’s statement, the maximum demand during the day will be 2,950 megawatts (MW) while the generation will barely be 2,480 MW. However, the UNE warned that the impact can lead to a deficit of up to 21.8 percent.

During Sunday there were also widespread problems with electricity, according to the note from the state company, which began at 6:00 and ended at dawn on Monday.

Last Saturday, Lázaro Hernández Guerra, technical director of the UNE, admitted in the official press that the failure of a boiler at the Lidio Ramón Pérez thermoelectric plant -better known as Felton, in the east- “greatly complicates the situation of the national electricity system ”.

In Cuba, blackouts are common practically every day, and in some cases -especially outside the capital- they last for several hours.

From mid-March to July 10, damages have been recorded on at least 54 days, almost daily since March.

Since the end of May, the Cuban regime reports daily on energy generation and demand due to the importance of this issue in economic and political terms.

The regime says that the cuts in the supply are due to breakdowns in the plants, the fuel deficit for distributed generation and scheduled maintenance.

The Cuban authorities recognize the “tense” situation of the national electricity system and warn that there are “difficult days” before the arrival of the hottest months of the year, those with the highest consumption due to the use of air conditioners in homes.

Power outages, one of the factors that fueled social discontent last year in Cuba, are being repeated on the island, along with the discomfort they cause in the population.

They were one of the factors behind the anti-government protests on July 11, along with shortages, inflation and political complaints. Those protests – with thousands of demonstrators, a violent death, hundreds of detainees and nearly 400 prison sentences to date – occurred in a context of serious economic crisis that, to a large extent, has not been stopped in the last twelve months .

Dozens of protesters took to the streets again early Friday in the town of Los Palacios, in the western province of Pinar del Río, due to prolonged power cuts.

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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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