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#puerto Rico Electric Power

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San Juan, Puerto Rico,
. . . 7 weeks after hurricane Maria,
. . . many of the city’s residents can’t:
. . . . . . turn on lights,
. . . . . . cook,
. . . . . . store food, or
. . . . . . take a real shower.

The Sept. 20 storm toppled the electrical system, and
. . . locals complain next to nothing has been done about it.
. . . “I haven’t seen anyone come around here to inspect the damage,
. . . let alone to fix it,” said Carlos Alberto Soto.
As of Nov. 9,
. . . 8 hospitals were still operating without grid power.

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), with
. . . 1.4 million customers,  
. . . more than any other US electric utility,
. . . was already bankrupt before the storm, owing more than
. . . $9 billion.
Expensive electricity, is a big reason why,
. . . the whole island’s economy has been crippled for years,
. . . long before Maria struck.
Prepa spends more than
. . . $1 billion a year on fuels.

Solar lamps, are now a coveted commodity.
. . . “For many people it’s a revelation that,
. . . they can get power from the sun,”
5,000 Solar Lamps, have been  distributed so far,
. . . to educate people about solar-run:
. . . . . . refrigerators,
. . . . . . energy-independent communities, and
. . . . . . an ultimate goal of getting
. . . . . . 1/2 the island’s energy from the sun.

11-12-2017 Source:  #Puerto Rico Electric Power


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