USACE to remove mega generator from Puerto Rico power complex
SAN JUAN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced it will remove a mega generator in the Yabucoa power station because it has achieved stable power transmission, but is planning to leave “for the time being” two mega-generators in the Palo Seco power complex.
In a statement also signed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USACE said it is responsible for the lease, generation and maintenance of three mega-generators on the island until the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) determines it is producing enough power.
“It has been determined that the Yabucoa Power Plant has stable power transmission, indicating the generator is no longer needed at that location. Therefore, demobilization efforts will begin for the mega-generator at Yabucoa on July 18. The lease, generation, and maintenance of the two mega-generators at Palo Seco Power Plant will continue until Prepa determines there is sufficient power generation and/or transmission,” the agencies said.
Originally, the generators at Palo Seco were going to be removed in August.
Popular Democratic Party Sen. Eduardo Bhatia wants the power generators to remain on the island until at least December because the power grid remains unstable.
The president of the Irrigation & Electrical Workers Union (Utier by its Spanish acronym) Ángel Figueroa said the amount of money spent on the generators should have been used by Prepa to purchase its own generators.