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Once Again! Electrical System Declared Alert Amid Mother’s Day

May 10, 2024 | Mexico, News & Articles | 0 comments

by El Universal

For the fourth consecutive day, the National Energy Control Center (Cenace) declared the Operational State of Alert in the National Interconnected System (SIN) due to increased demand for electrical energy.

This state was declared starting at 9:40 a.m. on Friday, May 10, right in the middle of Mother’s Day, and “operational actions will be carried out accordingly,” as reported by Cenace in a statement.

Just on Thursday afternoon, the National Interconnected System went from alert status to emergency status for the second time this week.

With this, there are now four consecutive days of alert in the system, resulting in multiple blackouts in more than 20 states of Mexico.

When an alert is declared in the electrical system, demand increases so much that SIN is left with between 3% and 6% less average energy reserve.

Therefore, Cenace implements rotating energy cuts to prevent the National Transmission Grid from collapsing completely and causing greater damage.

In other words, these cuts reduce the system’s demand, and as demand decreases, electricity services are restored.

The high temperatures recorded in recent days have led to an increase in electricity demand by citizens due to the use of fans and air conditioners to mitigate the heat.

On the other hand, energy generation stagnated during this administration due to the energy policy of strengthening the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) at the expense of private investments.

According to experts in the electrical sector, there is a consistent increase in demand and a stagnation in energy generation, a situation that could be observed towards 2028.

The already declared alert state can escalate to an emergency state if demand increases and energy reserves drop to less than 3% of generation.


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