Electricity demand in Argentina has hit record levels this month and placed its national grid under duress, following a seven-day heat wave hitting the Latin American nation.
“Power usage in summer is high because of rising demand. People also buy more electric appliances, which means higher power consumption. This is absurd,” said energy consultant Carlos Skerk, quoted by a Press TV correspondent in the country.
Carlos predicts that low investment in Argentine's energy sector spells a bleak future for the country's electricity requirements.
“Power cuts happen in the summer, because there is a limit in supply. I also blame low investment in the energy sector, which has made the situation worse. The things get even more complicated when winter arrives, and there is a rush to consume more electricity and natural gas,” Skerk said.
However, there is yet another reason behind the high demand for energy. Economic growth and rising industrial production have also contributed to the high demands for electricity in the country, pushing them to record levels.
Last December as well, Argentinean citizens experienced power cuts, prompting a major dispute between the government and energy companies. The Ministry of Planning explained that the problem was created by a holiday period during which energy consumption was not concentrated in critical areas.
Energy experts expect more power cuts in the nation during cold winter months that begin around June in Argentine due to its geographic position in the southern hemisphere.