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  1. Power plant fire knocks out electricity for most of Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Much of Puerto Rico was without electricity Thursday following a fire at a power plant that set off a broader outage across the island's aging utility grid, leaving most of the island's 3.5 million people without service. The vast majority of Puerto Ricans don't have generators and they were forced to spend the night in darkness and without air conditioning in the tropical heat. They awoke to find most businesses and public offices closed, with the officials saying it could be 24 hours before power would be restored. "Puerto Rico is not prepared for something like this," said 23-year-old Celestino Ayala Santiago, who slept in his car so he could have some air conditioning to escape the heat. Smaller, more localized power outages are common in Puerto Rico, which has an outdated energy infrastructure, but not on this scale except following tropical storms. "This is an apocalypse," said 43-year-old Jose Tavela as he ate breakfast at a small cafe in the capital that had a generator. Utility officials said they were trying to determine what caused the fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon at the Aguirre power plant in the southern town of Salinas and triggered the larger outage. The fire apparently knocked out a transmission line that serves the broader grid, which tripped circuit breakers that automatically shut down the flow of power as a preventive measure, said Yohari Molina, a spokeswoman for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority . Gov. Alejandro Garcia-Padilla said at a news conference that a switch where the fire broke out had been properly maintained, rejecting suggestions that the outage stemmed from maintenance problems that have plagued the utility for years, largely a result of the island's deep economic and fiscal crisis. As soon as the power failed, roads that are clogged with traffic on a normal day were plunged into chaos as streetlights went out. Businesses closed, long lines formed at gas stations and rooms quickly filled at hotels with generators. Many Puerto Ricans dragged mattresses out to balconies and porches to spend the night outside, doing what they could to ward off mosquitoes in the still air. "To see everything blacked out, my God," said Virginia Davila, a nurse's assistant who lives on the 11th floor of an apartment building in San Juan. Javier Quintana, executive director of the utility, said power was restored to more than 130,000 of the total of 1.5 million customers by early Thursday morning and that it may be back to normal on Friday. The governor warned it would be a slow process. "Given that the system is so old, numerous setbacks could occur," he said. "The system is not designed to withstand a failure of this magnitude." Many Puerto Ricans expressed doubts that power would be restored quickly, saying the economic slump has affected basic government services. Hundreds of people took to social media to criticize the power utility, many noting that they already pay bills on average twice that of the U.S. mainland. It was unclear how much damage the fire caused or where the power company would obtain the money to repair or buy new equipment. The utility is struggling with a $9 billion debt that it hopes to restructure as it faces numerous corruption allegations. Company officials have said they are seeking revenue to update outdated equipment. Authorities said Wednesday's outage caused 15 fires across Puerto Rico as a result of malfunctioning generators, including at the upscale Vanderbilt Hotel in the popular tourist area of Condado and at the mayor's office in the northern coastal town of Catano. All those fires were extinguished and no one was injured, officials said.

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    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

  2. Electricity Generation: Power slowly coming back after blackout darkens Puerto Rico

    Power was slowly being restored in Puerto Rico on Thursday, nearly 24 hours after a blackout swept across the island when a fire at a power plant set off a cascade of problems that knocked out the aging utility grid.

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    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

  3. Gulf work resumes as storm turns east

    Operators began returning workers to evacuated installations in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 31 as Tropical Depression No. 9 built into Tropical Storm Hermine and turned away from oil and gas producing areas toward the northwestern Florida Coast.

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    Thu, 1 Sep 2016

  4. MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude oil price surge on US oil supply dip

    Light, sweet crude oil contracts gained more than $2/bbl on the New York market Sept. 8 as did the Brent crude oil contracts on the London market after a massive drop was reported in US oil supplies.

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  1. GoM production restored following Tropical Storm Hermine

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    Tue, 6 Sep 2016

  2. 100,000 without Power as Hermine Hits Gulf Coast

    Hermine later weakened to a tropical storm as it moved farther inland

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  3. BHI: US rig count nears return to 500 despite drop in gulf activity

    A week in which offshore operators braced for a potential hurricane strike didn’t prevent another rise in the overall US rig count.

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  4. MARKET WATCH: Crude prices tick upward on disappointing US jobs data

    A lackluster week for crude oil prices appeared to be ending with some upward movement following release of data showing smaller-than-expected US job growth.

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  5. MARKET WATCH: NYMEX oil price drops more than $1/bbl on inventory gain

    The light, sweet crude oil price for October delivery dropped by more than $1 to settle under $47/bbl on the New York market Aug. 24 after the weekly US oil and product inventory report showed crude oil supplies rose 2.5 million bbl.

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    Thu, 25 Aug 2016

  6. Palmetto Electric Cooperative improves severe weather responsiveness with SEDC'S IVR system

    Serving areas on South Carolina's coastline, Palmetto EC provides electricity to a region primarily made up of beachfront homes, hotels and resorts 

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    Fri, 26 Aug 2016

  7. Oil and gas operators start evacuations as Tropical Depression Five is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Danielle

    Expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Danielle before making landfall, Tropical Depression Five is currently barreling across the Gulf of Mexico, potentially shutting-in oil and gas production and forcing offshore evacuations.

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    Wed, 11 Aug 2010

  8. Tropical Storm Richard forms, may threaten US Gulf oil and gas operations next week

    The 17th named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Caribbean Sea Thursday, packing sustained winds measuring 40 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Richard may hit the US Gulf Coast next week, advises ImpactWeather.

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    Thu, 21 Oct 2010

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