Santo Domingo, DR.
Given the lack of energy production in unit 1 of the Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Power Plant and fault complaints, especially among users of the Edeeste distributor, in the National Interconnected Electricity Network (SENI), it is indicated that 21% of the demand is covered by fuel oil, which has contributed to improving the energy supply.
After 3 p.m., 37.1% was covered by the production of natural gas, 25% coal, 21% fuel oil, 7% hydro, 3% solar and 1% biomass.
According to the National Interconnected Electricity System Coordination Body (OCC/SENI), 99% of demand has been met.
The Executive Vice President of Electricity Distribution Companies (Edes), Andrés Astacio, confirmed these data and revealed that More expensive fuels such as heating oil would mean an outlay for the government this week of around RD$2000 million.
“It’s getting expensive,” Astacio said, noting that Catalina 1’s departure needs to be compensated. In addition to the fact that last week there were two events, such as the departure of the Invivienda substation, which was turned off for about 16 hours and this weather affected the users of Edeeste, especially the inhabitants around from the San Isidro highway, in Santo Domingo Esté.
Another event was an outage of the AES Andrés generator on Tuesday, which kept its average generation of 300 megabytes low. Astacio assured that so far there has been no shortage of fuel. However, he acknowledges that it is “day to day” due to increased supplies from the European Union outside its traditional markets and the war in Russia.
He indicated that electrical service is a very sensitive issue. Astacio said rains last week caused the Invivienda substation to disconnect users in Santo Domingo Este province.
Yesterday, the system had a demand provided by companies of 14% in the case of CDEEE, 16% by EGEHaina, 7% CESPM, 6% AES Andrés, 7% Beata Wind Farm, among others. Therefore, at around 3:00 p.m., the actual power availability was 2,988.50 megawatts.
The unserved power (interruptions-blackouts) was then 221.51 megawatts. Punta Catalina Unit 2 maintained a supply of 357.22 megawatts.
The supply of energy is greater than the demand, as explained by the energy generators, and the availability is recorded in the OC/SENI. However, given the complexity of the system, energy is lost due to technical problems, especially during the rainy season, as happened last week at the concessionaire in Edeeste, and for many other reasons, as happened the previous week in Edenorte.
Currently, energy costs are partly borne by the government, without drastically affecting users.
From the 1st to the 7th of this month
From April 1 to April 7, the energy available from the National Interconnected Electricity Network (SENI) exceeded the demand supplied by 16%. “The latter is the electricity consumed in the system, which had a cumulative value of approximately 429 GWh.
In the system there was an accumulated reserve of about 65 GWh. The reserve is understood as the available energy supply and is not required by the system,” explained the Dominican Association of the Electrical Industry (ADIE).
The entity that brings together private sector electricity producers ensures that the energy available is 16% higher than the demand supplied, ie 485 GWh. In other words, power companies were ready to produce 16% more power than was demanded, ADIE said, amid concern over outages recorded last month in the dealers from Edenorte then into the Edeeast.