SANTO DOMINGO. - Electric blackouts have become more frequent since last week and the authorities have yet to explain the power system’s deficiency, which points to a sizzling summer.
The crisis of the blackouts affects even zones where service is guaranteed “24-7,” as consumers, who in most cases are accustomed to cuts in service, say everything points to the start of a new round of power outages.
Lack of fuel, programmed maintenance and mechanical failures in the powerplants seem to be the possible causes, according to the Electric System Coordinating Organism’s (OC) daily report
The supply problems have caused the exit if circuits that feed the main cities, among them zones of the National District, Santo Domingo, Santiago, La Vega, San Cristóbal, San Pedro, Barahona and Puerto Plata provinces, among others.
In addition to the distributors’ 8 hour "programmed" blackouts in barrios in the Blackouts Reduction Program (PARA), the power outages have also appeared in exclusive residential zones.
The report says fuel restriction problems limit production in the units Palamara, La Vega, the Puerto Plata Electrical Company (CEPP), Monte Rio, Itabo TG 1, 2 and 3, as well as Higuamo 1 and 2.
Mechanical failures limits the plant Itabo I to just 90 megawatts, whereas the unit II is under major maintenance, which discards its quick entry to the system.