Tags: us | new | power outage | puerto rico

New Power Outage Hits Puerto Rico

Image: New Power Outage Hits Puerto Rico
(Gladys Vega/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 09 November 2017 06:17 PM

Puerto Rico was hit with a new power outage Thursday after a major line failure left several cities, including the capital of San Juan, without power, BuzzFeed News reported.

The outage cut Puerto Rico's power generation capacity by 25 percent. Prior to the line's failure, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said the territory's power generation was at 43 percent capacity.

A reporter for The New York Times tweeted the lights had gone out at Puerto Rico's federal emergency command center.

The line was repaired later Thursday, The Hill reported.

BuzzFeed noted the downed line was originally repaired by Whitefish Energy, the small Montana company awarded a $300 million contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico. The company had tweeted on Oct. 26 that the line was repaired.

Puerto Rico canceled the contract with Whitefish Energy on Oct. 29 after controversy arose surrounding the deal — including that its staff had only two full-time workers and that it couldn't handle the crisis in Puerto Rico.

The contract was ultimately canceled. 

The company is located in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who insisted he "had absolutely nothing to do" with the company receiving the contract.

Meanwhile, the Energy Department, which has been issuing regular reports on the efforts to restore power in Puerto Rico, stopped releasing estimates on the number of customers who've gone without electricity since Hurricane Maria ravashed the island more than a month ago.

The decision comes just days after a debate over PREPA's estimates erupted on Twitter, with media outlets including CNN questioning exactly how much of the island remained in the dark.

In explaining the change to its biweekly report Thursday, the agency said Puerto Rico's utility hasn't been able to give estimates on actual customers without power.

It is instead estimating the amount of electricity restored as a percent of the island's peak load.

"It's not the way it is done at all," said Matthew Cordaro, who once led the agency that runs the U.S. Midwest's power grid. "The primary determination is you know how many of your distribution lines ultimately go to the customer, how many of them have been restored. ... You don't look at what's being generated and put out on the grid. But it's a mess there."

Bloomberg contributed to this report.

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Puerto Rico was hit with a new power outage Thursday after a major line failure left several cities, including the capital of San Juan, without power, BuzzFeed News reported.
us, new, power outage, puerto rico
402
2017-17-09
Thursday, 09 November 2017 06:17 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved