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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:39 PM

Argentina, Uruguay suffer massive power blackout

Source: Deutsche Welle

Date 16.06.2019

A problem in the energy network has left two South American states cut off from power at 7:06 a.m. local time (10:06 UTC)

Energy distribution company Edesur, a major provider to the two nations, confirmed the outage in a tweet.

"A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," said Edesur. Company spokeswoman Alejandra Martinez described the power as historic, saying "nothing like this has ever happened."


The Argentinian company later said it had started the "normalization process, which will require several hours." Authorities are hoping it does not interfere with regional elections in parts of Argentina. The provincial government of Buenos Aires has put emergency services on alert.

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Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/argentina-uruguay-suffer-massive-power-blackout/a-49225070

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:42 PM

1. Someone testing their cyber tools?

Normally, the first thing to come to mind would be natural causes, fragility of their grid, etc. But today, who knows?

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Response to paleotn (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:57 PM

6. But most likely, it was sheer greed and negligence

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Macri deregulated Argentina's electricity market in 2016 - and the biggest winners have been his chief business partners Marcelo Mindlin and Nicolás Caputo (his best friend).

Mindlin and Caputo are top shareholders in Argentina top electric companies, making them the chief beneficiaries of Macri's 3000% rate hikes. The Macris, in turn, are minority partners with each.

The distributors most directly tied to today's blackout, Transener and Yacylec, are controlled by Mindlin and Macri respectively. Edesur (the firm mentioned in the article) is controlled by Caputo.

So rates are up 30-fold; but maintenance and investment are way down. Outages have been on the rise ever since.

This one really took the cake though.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:44 PM

2. Iran did it

yup

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Response to jpak (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:35 PM

4. I'm surprised Macri hasn't resorted to that yet

He's a total neo-con, and is very much on board with the 'bomb-bomb-Iran' crowd.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:48 PM

3. Power back up in Montevideo about five hours after failure

Some locations in Paraguay and Chili were also blacked out.
In this part of South America, we have now and have had a lot of rain for the better part of a week. Predictions exist for dangerous winds.
Apparently the blackout spread from a failure of two high power distribution lines near the Paraguay-Argentina border, along the river.

From what I can understand of the espanol in noticias aqui, Uruguay shut down, disconnecting from the multi-nation grid for safety (perhaps automatic).
I was in the bano (I know- no nyos nor accentos) when the light went out; looking out the window revealed a wide black out.
Too bad the sky was not clear to see the clouds.
I missed the great north-east blackout of 1965(?) because I was at the University of Kansas, not my Massachusetts home.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:42 PM

5. Edesur's chief stockholder, is Macri's best friend

Nicolás Caputo - a yooge beneficiary of massive utility rate hikes since his buddy took office.

https://upload.democraticunderground.com/110859058



"Mille grazie, Maurizio! I gonna makea so much money, I might even get you cuffalinks for your birthday next year."

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 06:42 PM

7. And it can happen here too. And likely WILL at some point.

Whether its terrorism or solar flares is the only question.

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 06:55 PM

8. It did in 2001 in California, you'll recall

Like in Argentina, electric distribution was deregulated by a right-wing leader with conflicts of interest (Macri in Argentina, and Pete Wilson in CA).

Predictably enough, prices soared while investment and maintenance plummeted. Within three years - in both Arg. and CA - brownouts and blackouts were the order of the day.

The only difference is that at least in California, they weren't allowed to pass the rate hikes to consumers.

Argentines, on the other hand, have seen their electric rates soar by 3000% in just 3 years - and Macri's family are minority partners with the oligarchs who own the biggest distributors.

Ka-ching.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 08:01 PM

9. Who could ever forget what Enron did, the torment it actually unleashed to hospitals and others

whose lives depended upon medical equipment's continuing functions.

To have heard about the tape of the conversation with employees joking about the impact was unbearable.

The legal response to these crimes against people was far less than adequate.

It's good to hear they weren't able to afflict the consumers with additional costs, certainly not when they had harmed them already.

It's astonishing to know in Macri's Argentina there is NO recourse to the 3000% cost increase to innocent people who simply CAN'T afford it at all. If that doesn't rattle a nation to the soles of their feet nothing will. Somehow more honest politicians are going to have to become available or the people will have no choice but to overthrow the actual thieves running the country, everywhere.

People like Macri have moved far beyond their sane limits to the power that comes with the job. They cannot be allowed to go on forever like this, the people can't take it. It's such an old story.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 08:24 PM

10. It's amazing how history repeats itself, wouldn't you say Judi?

This is what happens when the cat's away: the mice will play.



Macri and his chief business partners Marcelo Mindlin (left) and Nicolás Caputo.

Mindlin and Caputo are the chief shareholders in Argentina top electric companies, making them the chief beneficiaries of Macri's 3000% rate hikes. The Macris, in turn, are minority partners with each.

The distributors most directly tied to today's blackout, Transener and Yacylec, are controlled by Mindlin.

Investment and maintenance? What's that?

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Response to sandensea (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:21 AM

13. Investment and maintenance would cost money they'd rather steal. Mauricio says it's O.K.



The photo you posted looks like three made guys standing out in front of the butcher shop in the Sopranos!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:27 AM

14. I certainly hope the next administration has their handling of the power grid investigated

The courts, as you can imagine, have been, shall we say, reluctant to do so while Macri's still in power.

Here are a scenes from today's blackout in Buenos Aires. They were very lucky, Judi, that this happened on a Sunday.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:08 PM

11. Pyutin?

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Response to joanbarnes (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:35 PM

12. But most likely it was sheer greed and negligence.

Macri deregulated Argentina's electricity market in 2016 - and the biggest winners have been his chief business partners Marcelo Mindlin and Nicolás Caputo (his best friend).

Mindlin and Caputo are top shareholders in Argentina top electric companies, making them the chief beneficiaries of Macri's 3000% rate hikes. The Macris, in turn, are minority partners with each.

The distributors most directly tied to today's blackout, Transener and Yacylec, are controlled by Mindlin and Macri respectively. Edesur (the firm mentioned in the article) is controlled by Caputo.

So rates are up 30-fold; but maintenance and investment are way down. Outages have been on the rise ever since.

This one really took the cake though.

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