Approx. 15,000 Remain Without Energy in Mexicali Amid HeatwaveBy Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Tue, 08/17/2021 - 10:20
Despite not making landfall, Linda, category two hurricane, managed to devastate the energy grid in Mexicali, Baja California, after knocking out two energy towers, causing numerous short circuits and dozens of transformer explosions. Although the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is actively working to repair the damages since last Tuesday, some 15,000 people and numerous businesses remain without electricity amid a triple digit heatwave.
According to an official CFE report, 83,000 users in Mexicali were affected. Although service was restored to 95 percent on Wednesday morning, some 4,000 users to the east of the city remain without electricity.
On Sunday, inhabitants and business’ in the municipal delegation of Gonzalez Ortega, ejidos (communal agricultural communities) in the Mexicali Valley and Industrial Park El Sahuaro remained without electricity as the region faces average temperatures of 45º Celsius ( 113 ºF). Twenty-one people had already died to excessive heat in July, so residents were quick to express concern on the behalf of elderly people with chronic diseases.
Companies at the industrial park remain offline as they are concerned intermittent energy flow will damage equipment, it was not disclosed if they had already incurred damages as a result. Households for their account have already incurred losses related to household appliances, as well as spoiled food.
It has been a bleak weekend for CFE as the country saw energy blackouts in several parts of the country. Aguascalientes, Zacatecas to the south of Baja California has been experiencing recurring blackouts due to heavy rainfall. Juarez and Villacorzo of Chiapas also saw blackouts and low voltage prompting angry users to demand CFE and the authorities to address the worsening situation.
Overall, and beyond Mexico, it is increasingly imperative for utility companies to expect extreme weather conditions and prepare by updating their infrastructure accordingly, otherwise electricity disruptions should only become more common.