Monday, 22 October, 2018

Power restored to 1 million in Puerto Rico after total blackout

Puerto Rico Experiences an Island-Wide Blackout: What You Need To Know Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause
Ella Tate | 20 April, 2018, 01:45

While the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority has to deal with repairs and restoring power to citizens, and citizens take matters into their own hands, Tesla Energy has also been helping out. As companies attempted to bring the grid back online after the hurricane hit, the Telsa CEO offered to help restore power to communities as part of a "flagship project" for the company.

The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power on Wednesday.

After 7 months along with near to $2.5 billion dollars, practically everyone within hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico got their lights back on- up until a freak incident Wednesday propelled the whole isle once more in to darkness.

The subcontractor involved in Wednesday's and last week's failures was sacked and would no longer be helping with restoration efforts, QuiƱones said Wednesday.

Power returned to some municipalities in Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon.

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"I have suggested to the Board of @AEEONLINE that they cancel the contract with the Cobra subcontractor that is directly responsible for this power outage", Rossello tweeted. Before that can happen, the power authority must perform exhaustive diagnostic protocols to find the cause of the failure and protect the system from further disruptions. Within hours, long lines were reported at local gas stations and gridlock at some of the larger intersections in the San Juan area.

As evening fell, clients in Santurce and Guaynabo had power restored and the central unit in San Juan was generating enough power to normalize the electric system, Earther reported. The power outage has become the world's second-biggest blackout following the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in 2013. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the federal power restoration efforts, said they hope to have the entire island fully energized by May.

An excavator reportedly caused the latest such blackout, which began at a major transmission line in the southeast of the island.

"If there's a slight storm, we're going to be worse off than we are right now", he said.

Individual faults, such as the one that occurred in southern Puerto Rico, can have a ripple effect on the grid because the island lacks sufficient generation reserves to continue operation when one plant or transmission line goes offline, Jorge Camacho, a former District of Columbia regulatory staffer who is now working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology told Utility Dive.

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