Oct 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Power outages in Puerto Rico fuel anger, fear

 a private company that took over the island's Electric Power Authority

People sit on the sidewalk of a street left in darkness by a power outage in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, on June 10. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images.

Major power outages across Puerto Rico have surged in recent weeks, fueling anger and fear among residents affected by a situation that the government has called a "crass failure," AP reports.

The big picture: The energy company Luma took over the U.S. territory's power transmission and distribution system on June 1. Since then, customers have complained of an increase in outages.

Driving the news: Hundreds of Puerto Ricans gathered outside of the governor's mansion in San Juan on Friday, angered by the now-daily outages that residents have likened to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, per the Miami Herald.

What they're saying: "Every time the power goes out here it pushes your post-traumatic stress button," Manuel Casellas, an attorney who recently served as president of an 84-unit condominium complex, told AP. "You can't live without electricity."

  • "This has turned into abuse," said Carmen Cabrer, a 53-year-old Puerto Rico resident, about the outages, per AP. "I'm constantly tense."
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