Today, I want to talk about blackouts in the island of Puerto Rico. I’m writing this post while I’m passing through a blackout in this moment.
Puerto Rico is a caribbean island where the electricity generation is done by plants distributed usually near the coast in several parts of the island. Most of these plants burn gas and some are of combined cycle. These plants are old and sometimes gives problems. Blackouts in the island happens because of the lack of maintenance of these and blackouts may happen usually between 1 to 3 times per year. The duration of these blackouts are varied and depends on factors such as how many generation units went offline. This also brings another problem because when a plant goes offline, others may shut down as they are unable to handle the electricity load.
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit one of these plants, and here I show you the video of how they are: