Half of Puerto Rico customers still lack power

100 days after Hurricane Maris his the island, almost half of the electricity customers in Puerto Rico still lack power. Government officials on the island said that only 55 percent of Puerto Rico's 1.5 million electricity customers have power.

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I say that the island wasn't prepared for hurricane and they should be. Last year there was an audit of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and it was found that the power lines were cracking, corroding and collapsing. The utility had been operating for decades without regulation or oversight. Imprudent spending was accelerating a decade-old debt crisis. So no one can blame natural disaster for this or some higher forces. Puerto Rico had similar natural disasters before and will have them again. So, work on it 

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Yeah, so lets blame Trump and his administration. Maybe he didn't handle it afterwords after as he should, but he is not to blame

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Should have realized there was a problem last sept when they had a fire and island lost power for almost a week

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The Puerto Rico government has been getting money for years now o improve their infrastructure but have not been investing it in the areas necessary. Hence why they only have one power plant and a single working substation.

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I thought that throwing paper towels at Puerto Ricans would solve the crisis

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That's what happens when you fire the company you hired to fix the power. They were on sight, working on the problem when they were fired for charging what they were contracted to be paid.

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3 minutes ago, Joanna said:

That's what happens when you fire the company you hired to fix the power. They were on sight, working on the problem when they were fired for charging what they were contracted to be paid.

Yes they cancelled the contract with the company with zero experience and Nextera Energy took over. 

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Puerto Rico is not alone in this, whole country needs grid to be updated. Currently, the US grid needs an estimated trillion dollars worth of repairs and upgrades. Power companies, many of which run on a narrow margin, say they can’t afford to replace aged equipment

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26 minutes ago, Stephen said:

I say that the island wasn't prepared for hurricane and they should be. Last year there was an audit of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and it was found that the power lines were cracking, corroding and collapsing. The utility had been operating for decades without regulation or oversight. Imprudent spending was accelerating a decade-old debt crisis. So no one can blame natural disaster for this or some higher forces. Puerto Rico had similar natural disasters before and will have them again. So, work on it 

Disaster situations are exactly what the federal government is expected to respond to.

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32 minutes ago, JohnAtronis said:

100 days after Hurricane Maris his the island, almost half of the electricity customers in Puerto Rico still lack power. Government officials on the island said that only 55 percent of Puerto Rico's 1.5 million electricity customers have power.

How much of Houston is still without power...Florida..?

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Just now, Stephen said:

How much of Houston is still without power...Florida..?

Their power grids are by far better maintained, they are more prepared for disaster and have much larger crews who manage them. And also, Florida and Houston are Republican

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