• Latest blackout shows Democrat welfare shithole Puerto Rico's fragility

    From Daniel Harris@21:1/5 to All on Mon Apr 16 14:48:03 2018
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    More than five months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked
    out power to Marisol Rodriguez’s home in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
    the lights finally came back on Friday.

    “I started to cry,” she said.

    On Sunday afternoon, her jubilant neighborhood, Cupey, made a
    feast of traditional dishes — rice and beans, roast pork, potato
    salad — for the electrical brigade workers who had been
    restoring power to the area. “It was a great time,” Rodriguez

    By 9 p.m., the power was out again.

    An explosion and a fire at an electrical substation on Sunday
    night knocked out power to parts of San Juan as well as several
    other northern municipalities in the metro area, utility
    officials said. The latest blackout highlighted how fragile the
    island's electrical system remains as the U.S. territory has
    struggled to recover from the Category 4 and 5 hurricanes that
    essentially wiped out power to the whole island.

    By Monday, electricity had been restored to “a majority” of the
    customers who were affected by Sunday’s outage, according to the
    Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). Power had returned
    to Puerto Rico’s largest public hospital and its main
    international airport, according to The Associated Press.

    “At the moment, most of the clients that were affected by this
    event already have electricity service and we are working to
    restore the service as soon as possible to the remaining clients
    in the sectors of Trujillo Alto and Cupey," Justo González
    Torres, PREPA’s executive director, said in a statement Monday.

    Photos posted to PREPA’s Twitter account showed charred
    equipment where a switch exploded at the substation in Monacillo.

    "We started a damage assessment process to see what failed,"
    González said in the statement. "We understand that it could
    have been a mechanical failure within the system. We have to
    look at the lines that arrive at the Monacillo Transmission
    Center and check the substations that were affected."

    More than 75 percent of customers, or more than 1.1 million
    people, now have their electricity restored, PREPA said.

    But that leaves more than 400,000 PREPA customers still without
    power nearly five months after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

    Recovery efforts have been marred by the island's outdated power
    grid, a lack of supplies and a controversial contract that was
    later canceled.

    The indebted power authority "has a long history of sloppy
    management and a lack of transparency," which has created a lot
    of distrust in Puerto Rico, said Cecille Blondet, the executive
    director of Espacios Abiertos, or Open Spaces, an advocacy group
    that is calling for more transparency in the Puerto Rican

    "It's obvious the fragility of the system continues and that
    we're not back to where we were," she said. "Even the people
    that have no power, they have no certainty whether that power is
    going to continue to be supplied or not."

    Rodriguez said the anger and anxiety of the last few months
    returned when the power went out again on Sunday.

    “It was frustrating," she said. "They didn’t let me get used to
    having light."

    Although her family used a generator after the storm for a few
    hours each day, she said “you never get used to” living without
    electricity for that long. Rodriguez's home had its power
    restored again early Monday, but she said she was worried that
    she would have to continue to deal with outages.

    “You are always with uncertainty," she said.

    Last month, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that he
    would privatize the island’s electrical authority, painting a
    bleak picture of PREPA, which owes some $9 billion.

    "What we know today as the Electric Power Authority does not
    work and cannot continue to operate like this," he said. The
    system is 28 years older than the average electrical utility in
    the U.S., Rosselló added in a televised speech.

    Blondet said privatization in itself would not be a quick
    solution for the people of Puerto Rico, and her organization was
    concerned about competing interests involved in the process.

    "We don't see a solution in the near future for this situation,"
    she said.

    "The blackout last night once again left us in the dark, not
    only because we had no power but because we had little
    information as to what was happening," she said. "Even people
    with power now, we continue to be in the dark."

    https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/puerto-rico- s-latest-blackout-shows-island-s-fragility-five-n847311

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