April 13, 2021

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Electricity service begins to be restored after blackout


Puerto Rico's electric power system has already begun to reestablish itself after a blackout this afternoon left some 455,352 subscribers without service.

The incident occurred after the natural gas power generation plant EcoEl Eléctrica located in Peñuelas, would be out of operations, reported the Electric Power Authority.

The press spokesperson for the private company, Yamaris Alancastro told him ahead of First Hour that the cause corresponded to an “external event in the transmission system [que] caused the disconnection” of the country's electrical network.

“EcoEl Eléctrica is ready to start as soon as the system is restored on the PREPA side, " said Alancastro.

The president of the Union of Workers in the Electricity and Irrigation Industry (Utier), Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo agreed with this information. [19659002] “The 230kv line between Costa Sur and Ecolectrica appears to be the one with a problem. Ecoelectrica is ready to enter as soon as they give it the green light, " stated through its Twitter account.

Likewise, the union leader maintained that they have already begun to recover the system and that the emergency units have entered service by region.

Figueroa Jaramillo indicated that this event left more than 455,352 subscribers without electric power service. At first, his estimate was 100,000 affected. The region with the most consumers without service is Caguas, with some 72,000.

"We are working to recover the service as soon as possible" he communicated on his social networks.

This occurs hours before an atmospheric phenomenon arrives in the country. At 11:00 am today, the National Hurricane Center (CNH) in Miami began issuing newsletters about possible tropical cyclone nine. Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra are under tropical storm warning.

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Netizens reported that they ran out of electricity service in municipalities such as: San Juan, Caguas, Dorado, Toa Baja, Utuado, Naranjito and Jayuya.

They also did so from Mayagüez, Cabo Rojo, Orocovis, Hormigueros, Sabana Grande, San Germán, San Sebastián, Lares, Yauco, Camuy, Arecibo, Las Piedras, Guaynabo, Corozal, Isabela, Gurabo, Santa Isabel, Juana Díaz, Toa Alta, Hatillo, Bayamón, Carolina, Ponce, Fajardo, Humacao , Vega Baja, Adjuntas, Guayanilla, Luquillo, Aguadilla, Comerío and Yabucoa.

On June 2, the executive director of PREPA, José Ortiz declared before the Commission for Economic Development and Energy of the House of Representatives that the country's electrical system is now "more res iliente. ”

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In addition, he assured that -de An atmospheric phenomenon similar to the destructive Hurricane Maria will occur in the coming months – the electrical service would be restored in two and a half months. Likewise, he explained that the center of the Island the transmission towers "from south to north were rebuilt and withstand winds in gusts of between 160 to 180 miles per hour." He said that with the reinforced transmission towers they would dedicate their efforts to the distribution system and "we can go with local and United States brigades immediately."

Primera Hora contacted the PREPA press spokesperson , Edith Ceda but did not receive a response beyond what was published on Twitter.



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