Enel reported that it finished restoring, this Friday (17), the energy of customers who had their supply interrupted after the storm that hit São Paulo last Wednesday (15). At the time, 290,000 properties were left without service. Light was gradually restored.
According to the concessionaire, the company’s technicians continue to work on specific cases of power outages recorded yesterday (16). “The heavy rain caused trees to fall onto the network and threw branches and other objects onto the wiring. The company immediately reinforced its workforce in the field and mobilized around 900 teams on the streets”, says a note released this morning.
The power outage recorded on Wednesday (15) was the second to occur this month after heavy rains hit São Paulo. On November 3, almost 2.1 million people were left without electricity across the state after a storm. At the time, Enel took around a week to normalize the service for all customers.
With the end of the heat wave affecting the country expected for this weekend, a cold front is expected to cause more storms in the state. Civil Defense issued a warning for thunderstorms followed by lightning, hail and gusts of wind.
Questioned by deputies from São Paulo at Enel’s CPI about the company being prepared to deal with the new rains forecast, the president of Enel Brasil, Nicola Cotugno, acknowledged that “it will not be possible to achieve as much as possible” due to the short period of time between two weather events considered “rare”, with such strong winds. Despite this, Cotugno stated that Enel is already working with a larger contingent, with around 1,200 teams and approximately 3,000 people on the streets to respond to incidents arising from the rains.
The mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes (MDB), said in an agenda this Thursday (16), that he asked the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) to cancel the concession contract with Enel. In a note, Aneel reported that it had initiated an inspection process at Enel, together with ARSESP and has given top priority to the issue.
Source: CNN Brasil
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