Presidential adviser on energy Ariel Kogan, came out at the crossroads of the critics of Patricia Bullrich in relation to the measures adopted by the national government in response to the extraordinary demand for electricity by the heat wave throughout the country, and recalled that the leader of the PRO integrated a management that did not invest in the sector and was only concerned with increasing rates.
“Mrs Patricia Bullrich he was not born from a cabbage. She is the president of PRO and former minister of the Macri government that ended two years ago, after four years of management with practically no investment in the electricity sector, having installed Argentina in the select group of countries that had a total national blackout, which extended to part from neighboring countries,” he told President Alberto Fernández’s adviser.
About, Kogan He said that “in the last two days there was a historical record in electricity demand in our country, which put the entire electrical system in maximum tension. Generation, transportation and distribution were working with extreme loads to respond to demand.”
“This peak in demand -he added-, which was generated by the evident economy recovery, combined with an extreme heat wave that devastates the entire southern hemisphere of the planet, added to a drought that drags on for years and restricts the use of hydroelectricity to a minimum, had to be faced by our Government with the state of disinvestment in which the government integrated by Ms. Bullrich, left the thermal generation park, the transport system and the distribution system of AMBA”.
For the presidential adviser, “from any rational analysis, it is unthinkable that, except for a total cloak of impunity or an absolute collective forgetfulness, a high-ranking leader of that management judges the measures that, in this electrical emergency, our government was forced to take to face the problem, seeking to minimize the serious effects that were foreseen “.
He specified that for this “appeals were made to try to reduce consumption in State dependencies, and to the voluntary reduction of electricity consumption by large companies, to decompress the system as a whole”.
He stressed that they were “urgent measures to address an emergency situation, with the disinvested tool that we have. Other ideas would have been welcome, but from the political sector that leads the Mrs Bullrich it was only heard as a proposal, that of increasing the rates”.
remembered Kogan that “President Alberto Fernández assumed the Government and immediately the pandemic broke out. However, electrical works began to be carried out throughout the country. Transformer stations and high-voltage lines in La Rioja, Formosa, Chaco, Corriente, Santa Cruz, Catamarca, Tucumán, Misiones and the Province of Buenos Aires, promoted the works to expand hydroelectric generation in San Juan, and in Yacyretá and Añacuá, already project others seeking financing such as AMBA I, the ringing of transport to the most densely populated region of the country”.
“A country in economic growth that with a sustained increase in the standard of living of its people, generates a growing demand for energy,” he said. Kogan, and pointed out that “to resolve this situation there are two attitudes: try to lower the consumption of people and economic activity, or develop the system that must supply that demand.”
“The one put forward by the government that made up the Mrs Bullrich was to be alarmed by the growth in the standard of living of the popular majorities, the growing standards of their consumption levels, and the growth of economic activity, which consequently generated an increase in electricity demand. So, they tried to reduce it by compressing people’s income to the point of suffocation, and applying policies that generated a drop in general economic activity,” said the adviser.
“The other attitude is to plan, seek financing and execute the expansion and maintenance of the generating park, and the Transportation and Distribution infrastructure works that resolve current shortcomings, and respond to the future demand of a developing Nation. It is the attitude that chooses our Government out of conviction. It would be very interesting and constructive if the Mrs Bullrich and the sector that it leads, make concrete contributions in this sense, from the self-criticism of not having done it when they governed”, he concluded Kogan.