US territory hit by massive power outage — Analysis
A major power failure in Puerto Rico late Wednesday night left nearly 350,000 people without electricity.
Costa Sur, the Caribbean’s largest power plant, caused the blackout. According to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, (Prepa), the blaze caused emergency shut-offs at other units.
To extinguish flames, fire fighters worked late at night.
“The power grid has suffered a massive island-wide blackout, potentially caused by a circuit breaker failure at the Costa Sur generation plant. We are not clear on the exact cause at this time,”Luma Energy was the grid operator.
It is possible that people will be powerless well into Thursday “given the size and scope”It was also added to the cause of the outage.
Puerto Rico’s governor Pedro Pierluisi urged “everyone to remain calm”As customers with battery charges still on their phones, they took to social networking to vent out about yet another blackout.
The problem did not affect hospitals or health centers, and they were able to run their generators without any interruption, the authorities stated. Authorities also assured that Covid-19 vaccinations had been stored properly.
Puerto Rico has the most frequent blackouts. It is also known for being home to some of the worst electricity services in America.
The situation deteriorated after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s already frail electrical grid in 2017, leaving some customers without power for almost a year.
Prepa is currently in bankruptcy and Luma was given the distribution and transmission of energy last summer. According to the governor of Prepa, the private company promised to reduce power interruptions by 30%, and lengthen outages by 40%. But it has yet to deliver on those promises.
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