Power in Puerto Rico largely restored after islandwide blackout

20 April, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Puerto Rico back in darkness after island-wide blackout

In a statement, it said a 140-foot electric transmission tower in southern Puerto Rico collapsed on Tuesday and fell across support wires of an adjacent tower in "an extremely congested" electric transmission corridor. "Back to September 20th", tweeted San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Wednesday.

The priority is to restore service to critical structures such as hospitals, the airport, water pumps and banks, according to the agency's Twitter account.

Last October, PREPA signed an initial $200 million contract with Cobra Acquisitions to restore the main lines of electric transmission across the island.

"The areas that are wealthier, the areas that are more urban, had power restored much more quickly", said Kelly Macias, a staff writer at the Daily Kos. It was the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers.

Puerto Rico's legislators are now debating whether to privatize the island's power authority, which is $14 in debt.

"This incident denotes the need to transform @AEEONLINE into a cutting-edge, modern and robust corporation", Rossello added. The agency blamed a fallen tree for an outage that cut power to 900,000 people last week.

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Only 334,000 of the island's more than 3 million residents had power as of 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, CNN reported, and thousands have been left in the dark for months. "Especially when all these reports keep coming out that [seem to] confirm what was an unspoken truth: Response to this disaster was slower and more disinterested than any other emergency response in USA history". Before that can happen, the power authority must perform exhaustive diagnostic protocols to find the cause of the failure and protect the system from further disruptions. "I have seen a lack of urgency on that, whether it is on the contracting side or the bringing materials side which is a current problem".

"If there's a slight storm, we're going to be worse off than we are right now", he said. "Rebuilding the generating capability of Puerto Rico was not the Corps of Engineers' task".

The outage did not stop the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins being played on the island. "That actually has been going better than the government effort to tell you the truth", she said.

"This has not taken us by surprise".

The Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority have flaunted Wednesday early morning that ONLY 3 per-cent of its own clients are without electrical power, significantly wrapping up just what several estimations named the largest electrical power failing within U.S. history.

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