Problems at power generation plants necessitate temporary service outages
By The Star Staff
Due to power generation issues, LUMA Energy announced the start of temporary service outages earlier this week.
The private company that operates the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) transmission and distribution system vowed through its social networks to “continue to assist the Electric Power Authority as it works to resolve this situation.”
Meanwhile, PREPA Executive Director Josué Colón Ortiz inspected ongoing work to repair the boiler’s emergency transformer and feedwater regulating valve at the Aguirre Power Plant in Salinas. He said Unit 2 at Aguirre was expected to return to service on Thursday.
As of early Thursday, the status of repairs showed that AES Puerto Rico in Guayama was continuing to work on repairing its coal-crushing system, which has limited the capacity of its units.
The situation has impacted several regions of the island. According to the LUMA Energy website, as of Thursday morning the Arecibo region had 6.53% of customers without service, Bayamón 5.29%, Carolina 9.46%, Caguas 6.39%, Mayagüez 4.38%, Ponce 1.32% and San Juan 3.02%.
The issues have caused service interruptions to a total of 72,361 energy customers, representing 4.93% of the total customers reported by the company.