No end in sight to Dominican Republic’s blackouts
Santo Domingo.- People who think the power outages will be resolved anytime soon are in for a letdown: There’s no way for the sector to provide more than 85% of the average electricity demand before 2016. The higher generation costs prevent it.
On special dates such as between December 24 to January 1 every year Dominican Republic’s State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) instructs the energy distributors to provide uninterrupted power to all circuits, leading to the sector’s spiraling losses of nearly RD$50.0 million.
The grid’s current configuration, in which oil accounts for 49% of the generating capacity, boosting the energy supply automatically raises the sector’s financial deficit.
The distributors’ average cost is US$0.20 per kW, but climbs to US$0.28 for unscheduled purchases.
As the electricity supply increases so do the losses because to get the system at full capacity, the less efficient plants must be placed on line, but burn diesel, the most expensive fuel.
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