Live in one of those areas that pays their bill! and was out for 5 days, after Fay passed. streets all around did have lights. happen to be on the same circut as el conde. Oh an every day lights go at about 7am for 6 hours. this has been since the elections. when surprise surprise there were no outages, would not have had anything to do with that right.The blackouts are very simple indeed! The majority wants electricity but not pay for it!
That time is gone with the wind!!!!
The sectors that are not impacted by the apagones are the ones that pay their bill as any normal person would to the grid that services them. The gov pays the bill that "free loaders" get to put on the tab.
That will provide the gov some breathing room to implement the new Ethanol plan and alternative power generation to become once again a provider to the grid and therefore not have to pay generators for subsidies provided to the free loaders.
It all takes time to do such big moves, people think this is a problem of generation, but it's the increase of free loaders and never ending subsidy to the sector that is killing the economy and development of the country.
On speaking to Edenorte today, they said that the problem with the Puerto Plata generator will be fixed "21 days after the 17th". An interesting way to say September 7th. Let's see what happens.
One of the few times I agree with MOST (not all) what Pichardo writes.... It's known that the subsidies to what was called PRA is a waste of money and have spill-out effects to many other sectors that pay on time and their invoices.The blackouts are very simple indeed! The majority wants electricity but not pay for it!
That time is gone with the wind!!!!
The generators are NOT being paid as agreed, but payments are done in a delayed time, so they are not able to keep up with the tabs for new oil imports...
The proverbial cashless system... so now we will have Tarjeta Solidaridad, Tarjeta SoliGas, Tarjeta SoliLuz, ... what about SoliPollo, SoliArroz, SoliPasaje (the poor have to travel as well....), SoliOrange (the poor want to have cheap phone calls as well....)... Give'm the fish and they won't be hungry tonight, teach'em to fish and they won't be hungry ever.The subsidy to the electrical sector will be done to the most needy of society and proven (checked) to need such aid directly via discount cards that will secure the basic needs within a given usage. Any usage above and beyond the pre-calculated will be out of their own pocket...
Read "grid" services!!! The sites serviced by private power and generators on a private side-deal with many "sectors" in the DR are isolated from the regular grid...Live in one of those areas that pays their bill! and was out for 5 days, after Fay passed. streets all around did have lights. happen to be on the same circut as el conde. Oh an every day lights go at about 7am for 6 hours. this has been since the elections. when surprise surprise there were no outages, would not have had anything to do with that right.
Have heard since 1990 that elec. was a priority, load of crap. 18 years and not an iota of change. diff. is nobody is selling all the sugar, and the lines at the bomba's are not 4 blocks long, with a max sale of 5gal.
should load up all the spoiled food and dump on LF;s doorstep.
I, too, live in an area where people pay their bills (Bayardo, Puerto Plata). Whilst our cuts are nowhere near as bad as downtown Puerto Plata & the barrios they are still noticeably more frequent & of far longer duration than before the election.Live in one of those areas that pays their bill! and was out for 5 days, after Fay passed. streets all around did have lights. happen to be on the same circut as el conde. Oh an every day lights go at about 7am for 6 hours. this has been since the elections. when surprise surprise there were no outages, would not have had anything to do with that right.
To cite this as the only cause of the problem is oversimplification. Agreed it is part of the problem. Then you also need to factor in the effect of earlier agreements with power providers, the historico-politico background to power issues in the DR, the inefficiencies, the lack of political will (all parties) etc etc.The blackouts are very simple indeed! The majority wants electricity but not pay for it!
To accuse macoceal of writing a slanted piece to put down the DR is cobblers. He is not exactly lacking in knowledge about the DR, nor lacking in analytical skills.So much envy!!! LOL!!!!!
solar, wind an other alternative forms of energy production are all fantastic but, on an individual level is costly and won't resolve the issue on a macro level. It will actually aggravate the problem. Those who can afford alternative energy today (individual and corporate) are the ones funding a good chunk of the general grid financial needs. Take that away and progressively the energy sector will see its profits diminish. Only the energy sector can resolve the issue on a global scale by investing profits (the customers money) into large solar or wind power plants.Good thread.
Many indigineous folk up here in el campo firmly believe it is there god given, Dominican birth right to have electricity off the grid lines.
We are at a 4-6 hour supply now through-out the day. This is not even close to being enough to charge batteries. Since I have lived here I can only recall ONE single day that power was on for the whole day. This was when LF came into POP for some kind of political ordeal which was months ago. Forget whether it was before or after election.
What is needed here is ABSOLUTE self reliance. Generators, wind turbines, solar power can fix the problem, but this is an expensive start up for the single family home with out a return for many years. Fuel for generators is also getting to be too much. A change in lifestyle is desperatly needed where I'm at. To rely on the "public" power system is worthless. Everyone around us steals the power, but of course the elec. co came to us to put in a meter. So we pay, but we get screwed because we only have a few hours a day of this electricity.
My immediate future consists of becoming totally self-reliant and self-sufficient. I'm so tired of blaming everyone and everything for simple comforts that I once took for granted and no longer can have. I love it here and this is the only way I can maintain and be happy.
Aware that florida has problems, but they also had lots more wind and rain there, Our(5day) problem turned out to be a transformer that needed the connect fuse reset took 5min. fiber glass pole popped down and back up all fixed. plus you never seen a truck in the zone.The Conde and related city "sectors" are not the ones listed on the article, hence my point about the public semi-private grid service to the rest of the country...
Fay passed here in FL (as I'm sitting right now in the south) and still many whole towns are without power and won't see any anytime soon... Your point exactly?
There's something called "substations" which are the ones responsible for the power service to several sectors within a local area of the grid. Even when one sector is connected and remain with service from the substation, the sub relay could be damaged or tripped on the same substation for the compartmental area within the same service area.
I could care less about LF or the PLD, PRD and the whole soup! But one thing I'm not is ignorant of what's happening and why...????