• Blackout hits Democrat welfare shithole northern Puerto Rico following

    From Daniel Harris@21:1/5 to All on Mon Apr 16 12:02:06 2018
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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico An explosion and fire at an electric
    substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late
    Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully
    restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria
    started the longest blackout in U.S. history.

    The island's Electric Power Authority said several
    municipalities were without power, including parts of the
    capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored
    within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls

    The blast illustrated the challenges of restoring a power grid
    that was already crumbling before it was devastated by the
    Category 4 hurricane.

    In many cases, power workers are repairing equipment that should
    have long been replaced but remained online due to the power
    authority's yearslong financial crisis. PREPA is worth roughly
    $4 billion, carries $9 billion in debt and has long been
    criticized for political patronage and inefficiency. It also
    struggled with frequent blackouts, including an island-wide
    outage in September 2016.

    It was not immediately known what caused Sunday's fire, which
    was quickly extinguished. Officials said the explosion knocked
    two other substations offline and caused a total loss of 400
    megawatts worth of generation.

    "We are trying to restore that as quickly as possible," the
    company said.

    Heavy black smoke billowed from the substation as neighbors in
    the area described on social media seeing the sky turn orange
    following a loud explosion. San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz tweeted
    that no injuries had been reported and that power had been
    restored in some areas of the city.

    The blackout comes as more than 400,000 power customers remain
    in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria. The
    storm destroyed two-thirds of the island's power distribution
    system and caused up to an estimated $94 billion in damage.

    Puerto Rico's governor announced last month that he plans to
    privatize the state-owned power company, which relies on
    infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry
    average. It would be the largest restructuring of a public
    entity in U.S. history.

    One week after his announcement, a federal control board
    overseeing the island's finances asked that a judge authorize a
    loan of up to $1.3 billion so the power company can keep
    operating. The board said the company could see an estimated
    $1.2 billion loss in revenue in the first six months after
    Hurricane Maria.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/blackout- hits-northern-puerto-rico-following-fire-explosion-n847031

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