Greeks were urged on Monday to limit the use of electricity amid a 11-day-long heatwave that strike the country with temperatures of 44-45 degrees Celsius. Reason is the energy grid’s warning of a power blackout.
The country’s Energy Ministry issued a statement urging citizens to limit power and thus at the peak hours of the heatwave 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-10:00 pm when the concrete in the urban centers recycles the heat of the day.
Citizens should turn down off lights, do not operate washing machines, ovens and water heaters and use air-conditioning at 26 ° Celsius.
The heat-wave ridden Greeks should follow not only on Monday but also for the next few days.
The advise follows the warning of the country’s energy grid ADMIE/DEDIE that raised the possibility of power outages.
Especially the August 2nd is reportedly considered as crucial for the power network endurance as the total load is estimated to be 8,700-8,800MW around 2 o’ clock and 9.600MW at the peak hours.
All available power production units are apparently available and on high alert, even though the wind turbines are not expected to operate in full capacity and the supply with the underwater cable from Italy is not going to happen.
DEDIE has reported about the dangers from the prolonged high temperatures and drew attention to damages in cables mainly in Attica due to the increased temperature on the ground that together with their load lead their operation to their thermal limits” [sic!]
PS While I’m 100% certain that the 48 scenarios were produced by some clever algorithm by some digital nomads settled in Greece, one could have come up with one and only scenario: upgrade of the old power network system. But for this the conservative neo-liberal government of New Democracy has absolute no intention to spend any money.
And to think that we pay the most expensive electricity in Europe! -There was an EU report recently, but can’t fink the link right now.