Chile suffers 3rd major blackout in as many days

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Posted: Sep 26, 2011 4:32 PM
Chile suffers 3rd major blackout in as many days

Chile is suffering its third major electricity blackout in as many days, prompting the energy minister to call for strong new investments in the country's energy network.

Saturday's blackout was the worst, affecting more than half of the country's 17 million people. That was followed Sunday by a blackout around Chile's port city of Valparaiso. On Monday, much of northern Chile lost power. The reasons remain unclear, but failures in the transmission grid are suspected.

Chile's energy grids aren't even connected, much less modernized. Updating them is now seen as a major government priority.

Energy Minister Rodrigo Alvarez told Radio Cooperativa on Monday that the companies responsible will be fined.