Are We Going To Make It?

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I have been working  so hard on this and now I have to be away from my desktop until June 5. I’ll try to keep up with my blog. I’m so disappointed that Puerto Rico will reach 100% and I won’t be able to document it. I’ll do my best. I’m out in 3 days. I need a trip away from stress and to put my brain back into writing gear for a summer of writing. Thanks to everyone who has supported my blog even when it was just about electricity! I promise an abundance of creative content when I get back to my desktop! Besos Y Abrazos… XXXOOO Cindy!

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#hastallegar 100…. I’m Waiting….

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Today is Day 239 since Hurricane Maria made landfall and Day 252 since Hurricane Irma made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico. AEE  continues to report 98.90% of its customers/subscribers currently have power.

No new information was published today.

Thanks To David Begnaud – Buzzfeed

“The US Army Corps Will No Longer Be Allowed To Work On Puerto Rico’s Storm-Ravaged Power Grid” Starting today, “& its sub-contractors will be entirely responsible for work on the island’s power lines” 16,188 customers still don’t have power.

 

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The US Army Corps of Engineers will extend its mission in Puerto Rico, but not help repair the power grid as the storm-ravaged island struggles to get things in order ahead of a new hurricane season, officials announced Thursday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partially denied a request from Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, Jenniffer González-Colón, two weeks from the start of another hurricane season — even though tens of thousands of residents on the island, or close to 5% of the grid, remain without power and there are serious concerns about the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s capacity to take over the work needed after Hurricane Maria.

FEMA’s decision means PREPA and its subcontractors will be entirely responsible for work on the island’s power lines starting Friday. Army Corps personnel who stay on for the energy mission will be responsible for maintaining the three “mega generators” and 700 other generators being used as backups and to power parts of the grid until more permanent lines are fixed.

FEMA said the decision not to continue assisting with the grid repairs came “at the direction provided by the PREPA Chief Executive Officer and the Energy Unified Command Group.”

It was not immediately clear how many USACE personnel will leave Puerto Rico starting Friday, but there are currently 1,119 workers on the ground, including 637 who were directly working on the power lines.

Army Corps personnel will also continue to oversee “logistics and materials management capability” until PREPA is equipped to take over those responsibilities, the statement added.

The Army Corps was scheduled to wind up operations and leave Puerto Rico on Friday. FEMA’s decision comes after requests from González-Colón, the island’s resident commissioner in Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, for the contract to be extended another 180 days or until the work is completed.

“I must urge that there be an extension of the mission that allows agency and contract crews to remain in place to see that the system is 100 percent restored,” González-Colón wrote in her letter.

Rosselló heavily criticized the Army Corps’ work in the months following the hurricane. In November, he told a congressional hearing that the government had chosen to engage in private contracts, such as the controversial Whitefish Energy deal, instead of seeking mutual aid agreements with state utilities, partly because they expected the Army Corps to work faster to restore the grid.

“We chose under the understanding that things were going to pick up quickly,” he told lawmakers in November. “It is public record that I was not satisfied with the initial deployment of the Corps Of Engineers.”

Disaster preparedness experts have raised serious concerns over the island’s ability to weather another storm, emphasizing that the electric grid needs to be not only restored to 100%, but improved with more underground cables and backup systems. Despite the fragile grid, Puerto Rican officials insisted at a press conference earlier this month the government will be better prepared this time around after learning from Hurricane Maria.

Officials have plans to distribute satellite phones and radios as backup communications systems to emergency management offices, police and fire stations, and hospitals by the end of the month. And Rosselló announced that he had met with Airbnb, Facebook, Uber, and solar electricity company Sunrun to discuss innovative solutions to another crippling storm.

“We are ready to respond in a more effective manner,” he said.

  1. Is it convenient to the US to keep Puertoricans in poverty

     

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    …and still no one but you keeps this in the news. Thank you for your reporting.

Close To 99%

AEE se acerca a 99% de energización

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 (Carlos Rivera Giusti/EL VOCERO)

La Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) informó que un 98.90% de un total de 1.47 millones de clientes cuentan con electricidad en toda la Isla, de estos, el 1.10% que equivale a 16,188 clientes aún están sin servicio eléctrico.

The Electric Power Authority (AEE) reported that 98.90% of a total of 1.47 million customers have electricity throughout the Island, of these, 1.10% which is equivalent to 16,188 customers are still without electricity.

Today is Day 238 since Hurricane Maria made landfall and Day 251 since Hurricane Irma made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico. AEE reports 98.90% of its customers/subscribers currently have power.

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There are still 16,188 households/businesses without electricity on the island of Puerto Rico.

There are now 13 days until Hurricane Season begins on June 1.

Just Another Friday @ School

How can this be a normal day @ school? Please don’t me this is the NEW NORMAL. There is nothing normal about these constant school shootings. When are we as a country going to get the balls to come up with a solution. This does not happen in other countries!

This is from The Onion….Please read.

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

PARKLAND, FL—In the hours following a violent rampage in Florida in which a lone attacker killed 17 individuals and seriously injured over a dozen others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Wednesday that there was no way to prevent the massacre…

Seguimos Trajabando – We’re Still Working

 

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We have 1623 workers in the distribution lines and 434 in the transmission lines. Generation for the date 89.1% and 98.86% (1,456,277) customers with service; We continue to restore the remaining 1.14% (16,723).

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Today is Day 237 since Hurricane Maria made landfall and Day 250 since Hurricane Irma made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico. AEE reports 98.86% of its customers/subscribers currently have power.

There are still 16,727 households/businesses without electricity on the island of Puerto Rico.

There are now 14 days until Hurricane Season begins on June 1.