The spokesperson for the Presidency, Gabriela Cerruti, held responsible Horacio Rodríguez Larreta due to successive power outages in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA). Although the official was criticized for avoiding some questions during the press conference, it has been several times that the head of Buenos Aires government is questioned for his lack of responsibility on the provision from Energy.
“We hope that @horaciorlarreta and the city government take responsibility for the energy supply,” Cerruti stated on his Twitter. In this way, the blackout in the City of Buenos Aires became one more justification to widen the crack, although it did not provide concrete solutions to the Argentines.
The responsibilities of the Buenos Aires government and companies Edesur and Edenor are several, all of them long-standing. In the first place, the National Energy Regulatory Entity (ENRE) has denounced the lack of investment by companies, despite the fact that Rodríguez Larreta imposed a 3,200% increase in rates during the presidency of Mauricio Macri.
As a result of the lack of investment, there is no maintenance in the electricity lines or an increase in consumption capacity, especially considering that in the summer the demand grows considerably. Raúl Dellatorre, a graduate in Economics and a journalist, denounced how, despite the Macrista “rate”, the companies have reduced their workforce by firing several members of the technical staff.
Another aspect is the indiscriminate advance of urban planning. As the real estate business is prioritized over improvements in services, the collapse of the supply network is much more frequent and long-lasting. Thus, there is no real work in the infrastructure, which causes hundreds of thousands of users to suffer blackouts in times of high temperatures.