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    Default PRA cutting illegal electrical connections -News on TV

    We were watching local north coast TV last night and there was a story on location in La Cienaga where a group called the PRA was cutting the illegal electrical connections in that area. The military was there and well armed. It certainly seemed that they were serious about stopping electricity theft.

    Many of the residents were very upset and it appeared to be a volatile situation. Many residents that were cut off said they have been paying.

    I had seen other postings that mentioned there would be fines and potential jail time for those that continue to steal electricity. Will they really prosecute those that continue stealing? Does anyone have more information in the PRA and how persistent they will be in keeping the electricity freeloaders from simply reconnecting?

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    PRA is the Programa de Reducción de Apagones - the CDEEE's powercut reduction programme. Their site is under construction.

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    Default It's about time.

    I remember once when I was living in Monuz (small place outside Puerto Plata). They came with dump truck and a military escort to cut down all the illegal connections. The truck went up the road to the end and cut down all the wiring.

    The month before they came with bills for the residents and were told if they did not pay up they would be cut off. Most bills were in the amount of 20,000 or more pesos as an estimate for the past 4 years. Of course no one paid.

    When they try to leave the residents had a blockade of tires and logs. They demanded the wires because the wiring belonged to them. "OK" the workers dumped the wiring on the road and left.

    Of course the next day they used the wires to hook up all the old connections again. And as far as I know no one pays to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DominicanBilly View Post
    I remember once when I was living in Monuz (small place outside Puerto Plata). They came with dump truck and a military escort to cut down all the illegal connections. The truck went up the road to the end and cut down all the wiring.

    The month before they came with bills for the residents and were told if they did not pay up they would be cut off. Most bills were in the amount of 20,000 or more pesos as an estimate for the past 4 years. Of course no one paid.

    When they try to leave the residents had a blockade of tires and logs. They demanded the wires because the wiring belonged to them. "OK" the workers dumped the wiring on the road and left.

    Of course the next day they used the wires to hook up all the old connections again. And as far as I know no one pays to this day.
    I'm not sure how much difference it would have made, but insisting on back payment doomed that to failure. I mean the idea that people in a poor rural area who have been stealing their power for years would actually have enough $ to pay their back bill is pretty ludicrus. There may have been some who would have agreed to start paying their current usage from that point forward if there were some promise of fewer apagones involved. Probably not many though.

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    Default Interesting Electricity news on DR1 today

    Great, now we will have to pay 12% more for power we don't get. A ridiculous situation getting more ridiculous.

    Has anyone heard of the PRA cutting any illegal connections recently?
    I imagine that initiative fell by the political wayside.

    I was however happy to see comments spoken directly in front of Leonel by Jose Miguel Bonetti of Mercasid about how misguided it is to have a Metro while students have to study by candle light. I couldn't have said it better.

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    the are cutting them in various areas and it generally goes as described above.

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    Water is also being cut in Sosua snd POP for non payment that has gone undetected for 3 years as I have witnessed.

    But that's OK ...Hurricanes are on the way....could be weird season as reported in the current events

    No electric but plenty of water

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    Default No electric but plenty of water

    "No electric but plenty of water"

    Funny you should mention that. The water company seems to be the one constant here and we are very rarely without water. I am surprised to hear they are cutting off water to those that don't pay. Of course it is the correct thing to do.

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    no bucks no services.
    the only way to go.
    and this season we sure will have again more free water than needed.
    Mike

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    I don't get this sometimes...

    in January our bill was due 5th Jan (first monday of the new year) and xmas and new being as it was, we forgot until the new year rolled around, realised on the sunday night. Monday morning (5th, due date of the bill), at 830am, they disconnected the supply (unknown to us of course, we were working) and at the same time, we were calling to pay the bill...!!! Not even 1 phone call to say..."did you forget?", "do you want to pay now?", no much easier to send a guy to cut you off first day back after new year.


    Millions get electricity for free.....we're a day late and we're cut off.......


    if only they worked with the same venom when it came to the people who don't pay and have NEVER paid.....


    We know what the con is though...there's a reconnection fee of several hundred pesos, which they know they'll get from us for coming back 2 hours later to put the power on again.


    Oh, and I nearly forgot, they only turned one of the two phases on when they returned so we had no 220 supply for 48 hours.... (and hence no fridge, freezer, water heater, washer......)

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