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Puerto Rico Suffers Additional Hiccups in Restoring Power

SAN JUAN – Areas of metropolitan San Juan lost electricity on Thursday due to a breakdown at the main plant serving the Puerto Rican capital a day after the island’s government touted progress in restoring the energy infrastructure devastated by Hurricane Maria nearly two months ago.

Thursday’s outage in San Juan was relatively brief, according to Jorge Bracero, a technician at the plant operated by state-owned utility AEE.

The mishap at the San Juan plant came a day after a 230 KW line went down, leaving a significant number of homes and businesses without power.

Puerto Rico’s government chooses to measure progress on the energy front in terms of the percentage of generating capacity, rather than the number of customers who have regained power.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello’s administration set a goal of bringing capacity back to 50 percent by Wednesday.

That target was met, according to chief government spokesman Ramon Rosario, who said generating capacity stood at 50.6 percent early Wednesday before plunging to 22 percent when the line went down.

Capacity was reported to be 40 percent on Thursday.

Rossello said that the system should be at 95 percent of generating capacity by Dec. 15.

 

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