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Governor Pedro Pierluisi insisted that his expectation is that “a large part” of the country will have electricity before the end of today, but he pointed out that his demand to the Electric Power Authority and LUMA Energy excludes the southern municipalities that suffered the greatest damage as a result of the onslaught of Hurricane Fiona.
“Particularly in the south of Puerto Rico there is significant damage to the power grid. In those towns it will take time. What I said yesterday, and I reiterate, is that I want a large part of the subscribers throughout the island to have their service today,” the president said at a press conference.
The governor said that the increase in subscribers with service that has been registered since yesterday has been “significant”, but that “I am not satisfied”.
“I want that to continue to increase,” Pierluisi said.
Last night, approximately 20% of customers had their electricity service restored, while today, according to an update by LUMA Energy, there were 394,639 consumers energized, which represents just under 27% of subscribers.
Pierluisi, on the other hand, denied that LUMA had withdrawn from the commitment to energize the country in a few days. Today, in a radio interview (1320 AM), LUMA’s Security Manager, Ábner Gómez, said that it would be irresponsible to guarantee that 75% of the network’s clients would receive the service on or before the weekend, while He acknowledged that the repairs in the most affected areas will last until at least October.
“They did not want to create the expectation that in all the towns of Puerto Rico a large part of the subscribers would have service,” said the chief executive.
Likewise, Pierluisi affirmed that it is necessary to avoid major damage to the generating units as a result of hasty energization.
“We don’t want to be turning on generating units and connecting lightly and then have severe damage to those generating units because the network cannot withstand the load,” Pierluisi said.