The departure from operation of EcoEllectrica this afternoon left more than 100,000 subscribers of the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) without service.
The president of the Union of Workers of the Electricity and Irrigation Industry (Utier), Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo reported that there is a deficiency of 500 megawatts with the departure of EcoEl Eléctrica.
"Up to now there are 111,095 subscribers without service. Operations are being carried out before the departure of the private plant EcoEl Eléctrica. as soon as possible, "said Figueroa Jaramillo.
The situation is compromised. Although there was a start to recovery we have more than 250 thousand subscribers out of service
There were problems with the 230kv that connects Ecoelectrica and the South Coast.
The complete west out and many areas in municipalities around the island
– Angel Figueroa Jaramillo (@jaramilloutier) July 28, 2020
"The complete west out and many areas in municipalities around the Island," he added.
An hour after the blackout was reported, Figueroa Jaramillo indicated that “although there was a start to recovery we have more than 250,000 subscribers out of service. There were problems with the 230kv that connects EcoElectrica and Costa Sur. "
Subscribers from Arecibo, Aguadilla, Naranjito, Guaynabo, Guayanilla, Yauco, Gurabo, Hatillo, Cabo Rojo, Barceloneta, San Germán and Juana Díaz, among others, have reported to be without light.
This event occurs at a time when Puerto Rico is under warning of a tropical storm due to the proximity of a system that could bring winds of 40 miles per hour and up to 10 inches of rain.