“We are prepared to meet the high energy demand,” said the head of the agency in reference to the works carried out in recent years by the Provincial Government.
Despite this peak in consumption, the Province’s electricity system responded satisfactorily, beyond the high temperatures imposed by the weather, the grass fires that affected the power lines in many areas of the province, and the disturbances of the NEA interconnected high-voltage system.
This is possible thanks to the permanent investments in works carried out by the Corrientes Provincial Directorate of Energy, as well as in materials and state-of-the-art equipment to strengthen the distribution system throughout the province and provide a better service to its users.
“We are prepared to meet the high energy demand, working for the benefit of our users,” said the head of the DPEC, Alfredo Still, who in contact with the media was accompanied by the agency’s Head of Operations, Jorge Albornoz , who through a series of tables explained how the national, regional and provincial system works, also giving a glimpse of the impact of the National Interconnected System, which allows the supply of energy from different sources.
Also present were the commercial deputy manager, Osvaldo Acevedo and Luis Squarzon, in charge of the Planning coordination of the DPEC.
“Our infrastructure is optimal, apart from some specific cases of service cuts, typical of the summer season, and we are working well in large towns,” added Still, noting that the system must be accompanied by permanent investments since the curve of energy consumption is constant and increases in direct relation to the population that increasingly has more sophisticated equipment in their homes.
He also highlighted that before yesterday’s consumption peak of 732 MW registered in the Province, it was fully demonstrated that the DPEC’s energy system was prepared to meet the demand, regardless of the collapse it generates, fundamentally in the hours between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., where the highest electricity consumption is recorded.
“We ask people to understand the situation and regarding the air conditioners, it is preferable that they work longer at 24 degrees and not drop to 17 degrees at peak consumption,” the provincial official pointed out, later stating that at “times of high temperatures there are going to be collapses that result in inconveniences of low voltage”.
In another section of his assessments, Alfredo Still referred to grassland fires, events that cause damage and loss of lines and transformers. “Today it is very difficult to be able to acquire transformers due to issues related to the importation of copper and silicon and the companies that supply transformers have supply problems, that is why we ask the population for maximum responsibility in the face of the notable drought that overwhelms us and that triggers quickly any fire,” said Áun.
Continuing with his words, he still expressed that in terms of energy infrastructure, investments are permanent and are part of the state policy implemented by Governor Gustavo Valdés, and in that sense he said: “we are already preparing for what will be the summer next, because that should be our gaze”.
Regarding the works, he mentioned the Distribution Center of the Molina Punta neighborhood, which is practically in the last stage before starting it up and which will allow supplying the entire area and unloading other Distribution Centers. Also the Thousand Homes, fully operational.
And as for the interior, he explained that works are progressing in Distribution Centers in different locations such as Sauce, Curuzú Cuatiá, Virasoro, Capital and others, as well as the line that links General Paz with San Miguel, infrastructure that makes it possible to project and work in the face of the constant increase in energy demand.
“Investments throughout the province are going to continue, this is a long and continuous process that covers the three levels: generation, transportation and distribution of energy,” said Aun with emphasis.
When asked about a possible increase in the electricity rate, Still explained that a Public Hearing is scheduled for next February 10 where the costs of distribution will be discussed and then the rate calculation will come, considering a readjustment in the price.
To conclude, Alfredo Still assured that the DPEC puts all its workforce in pursuit of providing an “efficient and quality service to its users.”