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Rolling blackouts hit Mexico

  • 9 days ago (2024-05-09)
  • David Flin
Distribution 109 Latin America 77

Mexico was hit by rolling blackouts on 7 May due high temperatures and drops in power generation.

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The government’s National Centre for Energy Control said the blackouts lasted for a total of up to five hours, and was a rolling blackout distributed around the country. The centre said the largest power cut affected about 5 per cent of customers and lasted about four hours.

The blackout was caused by a combination of a spike in domestic power demand in the early evening, exacerbated by the high temperature, and a drop in power generation resulting from a number of factors including lower output from hydropower plants as a result of low water levels and clouds affecting solar power output.