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    Angry 5hr Blackouts are Back! Welcome to Santo Domingo!

    They increased the prices 22% and now give us blackouts, what a bunch of $%@&#!!

    Our office is in a 24x7 electricity sector of Santo Domingo, but we have had 5hr blackouts every day this week and it looks like it will continue.

    I wish someone would do a study on the real cost of blackouts, especially when it comes to loss of productivity.

    It's about time they brought in some Mexicans, Angolans, Europeans or Americans to run the electricity sector in this part of the country, becuase it's plainly obvious the locals are incapable.

    Yep, I'm venting!!!

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    FWIW, it has gotten worse here in Cabarete also...

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    Yep Robert, we also are in the 24H program and right now I have my PC powered on by the Inverter. No AC, and with this heat one could lose la paciencia really fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeR View Post
    Yep Robert, we also are in the 24H program and right now I have my PC powered on by the Inverter. No AC, and with this heat one could lose la paciencia really fast.
    That's when you take a deep breath, remember you're in The DR and that you have to take the good with the bad, get a Presidente bien fria and get a Domino game going...

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    Same situation in Evaristo Morales, blackouts every day for several hours.
    The european (Union Fenosa) and the americans (AES, TCW) already had their chance and it didn't work. I believe the problem is political and not technical, and the politicians will always be dominicans....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    It's about time they brought in some Mexicans, Angolans, Europeans or Americans to run the electricity sector in this part of the country, becuase it's plainly obvious the locals are incapable.
    Heh! This brought a smile to my face. Believe it or not, I moved here from Angola and thought, "What's the big deal with all the complaining about the blackouts for a few hours?!" In Angola we had them for a few DAYS!

    Of course, over a year later I'm spoiled again. I try to remember what it was like sitting around in the dark for 5 days but either way, it's still hot and humid in SDQ and can't turn on the A/C, so it's not much comfort.

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    its just amazing that they can spend a billion dollars on a subway, but not fix the electricity problem. In my opinion, the Dominican populace has basically accepted the fact that there will always be black outs and therefore it is not priority to fix the problem. The cost of these black outs are more than you can imagine, if you count the cost of inverters, generators, repairs, extra fuel, environmental and noise pollution, and yes, the biggest one, lost productivity due to machines not working or people not getting good sleep and/or not being able to work because its too hot or not enough light. This cost for sure is in the billions of dollars per year.

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    swear, sweat and have sex. there is nothing else left.

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    I know that everyone likes to say that Gazcue is not so chic any more but I have not had one single black out this week. Last week we did have a couple but only for a few minutes......never more than an hour

    i don't even have an inversor

    now i know that this is not even EVERYWhere in Gazcue.... but I am right near the PLD HQ which may account for it.

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    The blackouts are administered by EDENORTE in conjunction with the government because they are currently investigating what percentage of DR businesses and homes actually NEED electricity.

    Once their investigations have concluded, this will lead to a streamlining of the electrical grid so that hopefully the electricity will need to be on for only 2 hours daily.

    So the increases in the rates and the blackouts are actually a good thing that will move the country forward.

    It will eliminate, through a Darwinian economic/social model, the people and businesses that cannot thrive under such circumstances and will leave the door open for expansion on a scale that will make Dubai look like a shantytown.

    Here is a model that is being worked on as we speak for one-family developments in the barrios of Santo Domingo. The Metro was just the beginning of the expansion planned for the whole area of Villa Mella.

    So when you get on that Metro, instead of shacks and poverty you will see this, which will be the minimum standard of living for the Dominican middle class that will follow every stop of every Metro planned for the DR.



    And the best part is every resident will be equipped with a George Jetson jetpack so that Dominicans can get to and from work/school efficiently and will lead to the elimination of the most primitive form of transportation, the motoconcho.

    Santo Domingo is on the move. The fact that people are complaining about the blackouts just means that they are not suited for the changes that will surely be implemented by the very least the end of 2010.

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