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Utility director says Puerto Rico electrical grid can withstand a hurricane

By on May 28, 2019

Prepa Executive Director José Ortiz (Courtesy)

Says transmission line that feeds island’s northern region was well-repaired but warns distribution system is weaker

SAN JUAN – The executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), José Ortiz, said Tuesday that the electrical system could withstand a hurricane.

“The transmission system that carries the large service line from south to north, that system is more robust,” Ortiz replied to questions from the press.

“It is the system that took time to repair, but it was repaired well,” he added in reference to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

But he said “the distribution system that is closest to your home, the transformers, the poles, is weaker,” adding, “I would think that the distribution system is going to resist” a hurricane.

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