The general blackout that left the island of Tenerife without light last Sunday is a very serious incident that should not be forgotten as if it were an adverse natural phenomenon or an inconsequential error. On the contrary, it is obligatory to get to the bottom of their causes so that the 900,000 neighbors and the thousands of affected tourists are treated with the respect they deserve.
For a little more than nine hours, a Spanish island ran out of electricity, more than 60 bailouts of people trapped by the lack of energy had to be executed and a prominent tourist area exhibited an improper weakness in a basic service for the well-being of users.
Claiming a thorough investigation of the electrical incident is more than mere rhetoric. It is not enough to remember other historical blackouts, because the electricity distribution system operates in a regulated market in which the owners of the networks have allocated public funds to keep the electricity supply in good condition.
And, of course, the lessons of previous blackouts should have been assimilated in 2010 there was another general drop in supply on the island to avoid mistakes. With more reason when it comes to an island, isolated from the peninsular electrical system.
Nor should the explanation of the incident be confused with a justification for it. It is possible that the generalized blackout is due to a failure of the systems that operate as a short circuit and limit the network damage to the smallest possible perimeter around the electrical failure.
But if this were so, one might ask why they did not work properly, when it is clear that system operators and network owners should be aware of their maintenance and renovation. Accidents may be unavoidable, but the damage caused by accidents must be minimized with proper network management. Of course, management leaves a lot to be desired when a local fault in a substation, specifically in Granadilla,
Knowing the facts, explaining the causes of the blackout and acting accordingly is what it does now; and not only to impose sanctions and demand responsibilities to the causes of the mess, but also to examine closely what are the problems of the electrical distribution, such as the total or partial obsolescence of the networks.
The needs of renovation and the failures of coordination between operating and distribution companies. Episodes like that of Tenerife or other areas of Spain add to the populations affected in perplexity and helplessness; That is why it is necessary to explain them without leaving any doubt.