Luma Says the Power Outages will Continue During the Following Days
Luma Energy announced different sectors in the island could experience power outages during the following days due to customer’s power demand being higher than the available generation.
In a press release, the company states that power relays have to be conducted to disconnect “parts of the grid in sequence to relieve pressure on the fragile power grid and ensure a stable supply throughout the system.”
The company also limits its responsibility “to operating and maintaining the transmission and distribution system” of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid while delegating the responsibility of the power generation to the Puerto Rico Power Authority (PREPA).
“The estimate is that the maximum demand will exceed the available generation for the next few days until the Palo Seco and Aguirre units, which are currently out of service, are integrated into the generative fleet. Peak energy demand usually occurs late afternoon and overnight, yet the current generation is so below necessary levels that they have forced load relays during daylight hours,” the statement reads.
Luma took control of Puerto Rico’s transmission and distribution system last June 1 through a highly controversial contract that had the support of an oversight board that oversees the commonwealth’s public finances.
Quickly after the change of command, power outages have gone on continuously, and the situation worsened with sargasso obstructing passageways at two main power stations in Palo Seco and Aguirre. By some estimates, the number of customers without power today reached 250,000.
Meanwhile, the Governing Board of PREPA selected Fernando Gil-Enseñat as its new president after Ralph A. Kreil announced his resignation last Monday.
“We are grateful to Mr. Kreil for the years he dedicated to this Board with great commitment and leadership. We wish him the best of success in his new professional challenges,” said Vice President David K. Owens on behalf of the Board. Likewise, he pointed out that Gil-Enseñat has the Board’s full support.
Gil-Enseñat had been the Housing Secretary during the administration of Ricardo Rosselló and Wanda Vázquez.