Santo Domingo.- The electricity service crumbled in the capital and the interior Thursday , leaving even upscale sectors of the National District without power for several hours.
The Edesur electricity distribution blamed the blackouts on low generation, but affirmed that the service is expected to return to normal Friday afternoon.
The electrical system had 451 megawatts available Friday morning, for a demand exceeding 1,500. At 9am there were 12 plants offline, 15 operating and 9 with only partial output of a total of 36.
Several National District sectors had no power most of yesterday, including upper class neighborhoods.
The country’s power companies grouped in ADIE said though it wouldn’t get into "bickering" with Edesur, those blackouts have been scheduled since 2004, and that it’s up to the Integrated Electricity System’s (SENI) coordinator to decide which plants remain on line.
"The coordinating system is the one which authorizes the entry of the plants," said ADIE vice president Milton Morrison.
For its part, the SENI said yesterday's blackout stemmed from outages of the plants AES Andres (maintenance), Itabo 1 (boiler leak), and San Felipe (fuel), whose output plunged 180 MW to 74 MW.