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Major Central America blackout highlights grid

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Since its first sections were put in place in 2010, Central, America’s Siepac pwer grid has shown itself to be a reliable electrical network and an attractive target for foreign investment.

Indeed, Saturday’s immense blackout was dealt with efficiently in all the countries affected as power was restored within a matter of hours. It also shows, however, how easily a local problem in the grid can spread throughout the system, affecting tens of millions of people. This is not the first time a blackout in Panama spreads to its neighbors, as only time will tell if this will become a recurrent feature of Siepac, as demand for electricity grows and the effects of climate change on power generation become more acute.

Source: Lemon Wire