Puerto Rico to sever relationship with contractor after island-wide power outage

Puerto Rico to sever relationship with contractor after island-wide power outage

Puerto Rico to sever relationship with contractor after island-wide power outage

The Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority said more than 1.1 million of its clients got their power back after Wednesday's blackout, which came nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria struck.

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority had managed to restore electricity to 1.43 million homes and businesses, or 97% its customers before the latest outage.

The tropical isle of 3.4 million locals was actually open for business enterprise once again, state authorities claimed.

It was only a few hours later that an excavator working near a fallen 140-foot transmission tower on the southern part of the island got too close to a high-voltage line.

"Tesla batteries are now live & delivering power at 662 locations in Puerto Rico", he tweeted.

"Hurricane Maria produced the largest blackout in USA history, according to a study released last week by Rhodium Group LLC, an economic consultancy", the Wall Street Journal reported.

In response to the criticism of its work, Cobra Acquisitions said it will continue to work "around the clock" with PREPA and residents of Puerto Rico to fix the entire infrastructure system that could "prevent outages such as this one from affecting the entire population on the island".

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A general view shows buildings after Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island's power company, said Wednesday that a major power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to nearly all customers, in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 18, 2018.

Electrical service in Puerto Rico was largely restored Thursday following an islandwide disruption Wednesday that officials said was caused via an operational mistake by an electrical subcontractor. Since the hurricane tore from the island's southeast corner though the central mountains and out the northwest coast six months ago, several communities near Cayey remain without power.

The same company, D. Grimm, was also responsible for last week's outage that affected 870,000 customers after a tree fell on a major electric transmission line.

A blackout hit Puerto Rico this morning, knocking out power all over the island.

Hours into the blackout, the lights came on at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan for a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians.

Officials said that power had been restored to more than 1.4 million of its clients following Wednesday's blackout.

"This is all very worrisome, obviously, as we approach another hurricane season", said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. 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.

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