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As 24-hour blackouts reign, government and power companies escalate blame game

Santo Domingo.- Power outages will continue in the capital and the interior Wednesday, while Dominican Republic’s power companies grouped in ADIE denied that the blackouts of the last three days stem from the lack of generation, as the electricity distributor Edesur affirms.

While citizens suffer from the rolling blackouts as long as 24 hours, the blame-game between government and the power companies escalates,

Edesur warned its customers on Wednesday morning that it might not provide regular service to its customers in the afternoon, due to below-normal generation.


“We are obliged to inform that the e blackouts that occur in the national electricity grid are due to many reasons, involving both distribution companies, as well as the transmission company, and operating decisions by the coordinator of the Interconnected Electric System,” the power companies said in an emailed statement.

ADIE notes that the Government decided not to fully supply the energy demand for financial reasons since 2005. “That’s why the so-called management demand exists, which is manifested through the blackouts programed to reduce financial losses monthly, and which comes from the high energy theft and fraud they face daily.”

ADIE adds that another reason for the blackouts is the operating restriction that exists with transmission networks to transport all the energy generated in a given region, and which creates situations in which the agency determines that the Interconnected System reduce energy production by some plants, which also contribute to blackouts, forcing the entire electric system to operate at higher production costs.

“Another reason for the interruptions is the lack of payment by some distribution companies, with months arrears to settle debts, and leads to the lack of money to buy fuel to generate,” ADIE said.

Source: Dominican Today

Category: DR News |

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