Economy May 20, 2022 | 7:37 am

Dominican Republic buys power as blackouts linger

Santo Domingo.- The Minister of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte, announced that 250 megawatts will enter to supply the demand for energy that has been affected in recent weeks by the shutdown of several power generation plants. These megawatts will be purchased from the companies Falcondo, Sultana del Este and Barrick Gold at the same price as Punta Catalina.

“As of the weekend, the Estrella del Mar III generator will be integrating some 150 more megawatts and that means that the situation will be normalizing between now and next Monday,” Almonte revealed.

The official offered these statements after leading a meeting this Thursday with the main representatives of the energy sector, in order to respond to the energy crisis and said that the blackouts are the fault of past government administrations that neither planned nor worked in time for the Installation of new generation units.

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Paul Tierney
May 20, 2022 8:53 am

The officals says “the blackouts are the fault of past government administrations that neither planned nor worked in time for the Installation of new generation units. It is a cleansed version of saying past government administrations corrupted the electrical systems by misusing funds meant to support development, generation, and operations. Cream off the funds were diverted to questionable whereablouts.

nicholas
May 20, 2022 9:43 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Always spot on Paul

Felix Arroyo
May 20, 2022 11:39 pm

So now you are saying that generation is below demand. Before you said that transmission was sabotaged by the thieves (big businesses and the poor). With the current heat wave (with the sand from the Sahara and climate change making it worst), and the population growth, demand will continue to growth but please do not add more debt to the country unless it is for the specific reason of increasing generation (gas andalternative energy)!

Thunder
May 29, 2022 8:57 pm

There is no reason that a country like Republica Dominican is not 80-90% solar powered. What ever corporate entity is controlling the powers that be needs to be told to switch or lose out to companies willing to supply solar. You sit on the equator with 365 days of sun what in the hell is wrong with you people. You only have 11 million people; you can’t implement controls!! There is too much trash and pollution. And cut down on the plastic.

Leo
June 16, 2022 11:26 am
Reply to  Thunder

It takes a lot of water to keep solar panels clean, many places are already struggling to get water so imagine adding more stress.