Cuba’s electricity consumption skyrockets during pandemic

In the first few weeks of April, Cuban electricity consumers were using amounts of electric power above what is consumed in the summer months. Cuban authorities issued an alert to the population to encourage energy savings.

This is happening during a time when many residents are at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in combination with record-breaking temperatures, as high as 39.7 degrees Celsius. 

According to the National Energy Council, “what was planned for the mid-day peak at the country level, at this stage of the year, is not being met by 20.6%, a figure that represents 421 megawatts above the plan.”

It also affirms that “at the national level the plan is not being fulfilled by 5.3%, which represents overconsumption of 9,516 tons of fuel.”