LUMA official: Electrical storms caused power outages
By The Star Staff
LUMA Energy’s vice president of regulatory affairs, Mario Hurtado, said Thursday that the blackouts that affected various parts of the island Wednesday night were due, on this occasion, to electrical storms.
“Since before last night there were many thunderstorms and during the day we have also had quite a few thunderstorms,” Hurtado said in a radio interview. “So, we are reacting to those breakdowns and those reductions that have been caused by electrical interruptions and we are trying to restore service as quickly as possible.”
“The past two days have seen a significant increase in thunderstorms and this has resulted in a relatively high level of interruptions,” he added. “We are dispatching the brigades to react as quickly as possible to make the repairs that the system needs, so that these interruptions do not happen again.”
Hurtado said the figures handled by LUMA, the private consortium in charge of the transmission and distribution of electricity on the island, “reflect a drop of 30 percent in the frequency of interruptions to customers and we hope to improve those numbers.”