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A man walks his dog in a street left in darkness by a power outage in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 10, 2021. Photo: Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP

A power failure in Puerto Rico left 337,000 customers across the island without electricity Wednesday, AP reports.

Why it matters: Many of those affected by the recent outage had just recovered from the previous one, which plunged 900,000 people into darkness just last week.

  • The latest power failure resulted in a wave of anger and complaints from thousands who said they were "forced to throw out food and refrigerated medication including insulin."

The state of play: Luma Energy, a private power company, 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.

  • The electric company has a 15-year contract with Puerto Rico's government and serves nearly 1.5 million customers.
  • The frequent outages have led several of Puerto Rico's mayors to declare states of emergency and hand out generators and ice, per AP.

"Government officials have urged patience, noting that Luma inherited thousands of outages and only just took over a system running on rickety infrastructure, much of it patched together after Hurricane Maria," AP writes.

Go deeper: Hundreds of thousands without power in Puerto Rico after fire at power facility

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 24, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Preventing the next Texas power crisis

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Data: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

A new report on the widespread power outages in Texas in February calls for tougher standards to ensure reliability in freezing weather — and puts numbers behind the breadth of the deadly catastrophe.

Why it matters: A deep freeze in February across the country's midsection led to failures in multiple parts of the Texas power system, leading to over 200 deaths and highlighting major vulnerabilities there.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.