Blackouts and brownouts in Las Terrenas
Businessmen in Las Terrenas now say that power service provided by Luz y Fuerza was expensive but reliable. After an internal conflict between partners affected the company’s operations, the state intervened and ordered the tourist district to connect to the power supplied by EdeNorte.
Now businesses in Las Terrenas are complaining there have been blackouts lasting up to four hours, and worse still, several brownouts affecting appliances. As reported in Listin Diario, Gerard Prystasz of the Hotel Atlantis complained the brownouts have damaged several refrigerators, lights and electrical equipment at the hotel. He said that the situation must improve in time for the winter tourism season. Santiago Abreu of the Samana Tourism Cluster said that the situation could force businesses to purchase inverters and backup generators causing unnecessary noise pollution in the tourist area.
As reported in Listin Diario, Luz y Fuerza spokespersons had said that the line would not meet public demand, that there would be voltage problems and that a 138KV line was required, not the 34KV one installed to connect Las Terrenas to the national electricity grid. As reported, Luz y Fuerza general manager Alejandra Orsini said that the company is working to deliver a constant and efficient service as they have done for the past 22 years, but several measures need to be taken to stabilize the system and regulate the voltage.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
August 24, 2015
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