Let's avoid the blackout, turning off

Since the country's difficulties in accessing fuel were announced, Aracelys Rivera have redoubled all efforts in her home in order to save electricity.

“I always try to prepare food before 6:00 p.m., because most of the equipment depends on electricity. I turn off unnecessary lights at night, just leave TV on, and turn on the air conditioner after the night novel. ”

There are only some measures of the contingency in the residential sector, which represents more than 90% of the clients of the Electric Company in the territory, hence their decisive contribution to the decrease in consumption and the absence of blackouts up to date, a decision which tries to protect the population in the first instance.

Thousands of Artemisa´s inhabitants like Aracelys try to contribute to achieve this goal ; others ignore the difficult situation due to the tightening of the US economic blockade , or do not even understand the importance of turning off a light bulb, a lamp or moving the peak (from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 6: 00 pm to 10:00 pm) activities such as turning on the water turbine, ironing, washing or connecting the electric cooker .

These users can be made aware of the importance of saving, as many spend at will, supposedly backed by money, or persist in electrical fraud, affecting the economy, especially in such a complex contigency.

Yamirka Fernández Pérez, Commercial Director of the Electric Company in the province, warned that such a crime could be punished in the current scenario with all the rigor established by the Criminal Code; and in addition to the aforementioned actions, Frenandez added that it would be appropriate to disconnect the refrigerator for one hour during the peak evening hours, which would not affect food preservation, due to the tightness of the equipment.

Impact of the "click"

With the increase in customers and access to appliances, Artemisa's demand rises from 89 gigawatts / hour (gW / H) purchased by the Provincial Electric Company in September 2018, to 91 gW / H in the current year that they estimated acquire, according to Yamirka Fernández.

However, such alternatives has allowed to reduce instantaneous consumption at the peak, which according to the commercial director occurs after 8 pm in the province. "Of 158 mw reported in the week of September 9 to 15, in the past we averaged 146 mw."

About the main positive aspects of the measures, Fernández highlighted the decrease in consumption in one day by about 218 mg / h, (Monday, September 23), which means a saving of 58.91 tons of diesel needed to produce them.
They have also managed to reduce the impact of high consumer entities by about 52 mw / h, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Commercial Director of the Electric Company said that state customers predominate in Mariel and Bauta. The first one hosts powerful industries in the Special Development Zone, and another with a long tradition and source of employment in the locality: Cementos Curaçao factory , one of the most “voracious” that has adopted, equally, certain strategies while the peak occurs : they work with only one oven and dispense with the cement remover. In the case of Bauta, there are sources of supply from Aguas de La Habana water supply , responsible for pumping the liquid to the capital of the country.

Savings and basic services, in ¿conflict?

Beyond the persecution and attempts to defeat us, main productions and services in companies and facilities budgeted for the territory have not stopped. The four hospitals in the province continue offering 24- hours service , in which the indications are very precise: use the essential lamps, do not use the autoclave during the busiest hours, and turn off the central air of the therapy ward if there are not patients. The laundry should not work during peak time.

According to Fernández, “we have stopped water pumping to the population in those time intervals. Bakeries are turned off, whose staff must prepare assortments at dawn and early morning hours.

"The entities of continuous production analyze which activities can move towards other moments and which air conditioners, destined to preserve technological equipment, need to continue working".

The non-residential private sector in Artemisa, that is, cooperatives integrated to various forms of management, has been guided by the search for alternatives such as shifting the risks after 10:00 at night, although there is a lack of awareness, and willingness to turn off everywhere.

During these days specialists from the National Organization for the Rational Use of Energy (ONURE), based in municipal governments, together with energy officials of the companies, the Basic Electrical Units, the Directorate of Inspection and Supervision, among other agencies , visit entities and decide if they meet the established fees or not.

From that inspection, they can even open the breakers, since the restrictions in state centers seek to avoid a negative balance in our homes, however the inspections and deficiencies detected are still insufficient, said Sergio García Valdés, ONURE representative in the Provincial Administration.

Martín de la Concepción Cordero, general director of the Provincial Electric Company, stressed the priority of affecting the population , as far as possible, while endorsing an essential principle: avoid blackout, by turning off.

Enjoying electric power at home is the biggest compensation, after readjustments and necessary assessments of the essential activities in the state sector. In the groove and in our homes, the change is in the citizen consciousness and the sense of the historical moment, a very useful phrase that charges the value of millions of oil ships.

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