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Power Consumption Has the 4th Consecutive Historic Record

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Increased use of air-conditioners has led to the maximum load on the country’s interconnected system to register on the afternoon of this Wednesday the mark of 89,114 megawatts

Brazil’s electric power charge has taken a new high on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, in the fourth consecutive record only in January, in the face of high temperatures, the National Electric System Operator (ONS) said in a note.

The increase in the use of air-conditioning equipment, the maximum load in the interconnected system of the country recorded on Wednesday afternoon the mark of 89,114 megawatts, compared to 87,489 MW the day before.

There was still a record load on the Southeast / Midwest subsystem, with a peak of 53,143 megawatts on Wednesday, compared with a previous record of 52,771 megawatts also on Tuesday.

The ONS had already recorded demand records on January 15 and 16, when trademarks were broken in 2014, before the country faced a recession that reduced electricity consumption.

The ONS also pointed out that it is operating the system with some restrictions, due to the unavailability of the Angra 2 nuclear power plant and the 1 and 3 poles of the Madeira pipeline, which limits the flow of energy from the Santo Antônio and Jirau hydroelectric dams by 50% in Rondônia.

As a result, ONS explained that it was necessary to import 1,200 megawatts from Argentina and 400 megawatts from Uruguay to meet peak demand.

“It should be noted that there was no interruption in the power supply. The ONS and the agents are working to solve the unavailability of the system, “said the Brazilian electric sector operator.