Blatantly stolen from another posting about PR's power issues:
You are deranged if you think you can get the power back on in 3 months. I do engineering on major industrial and utility projects (albeit on the mechanical not electrical side) but I know whats required. So here is what you think can be done in 3 months.
Identify the extent of the problem. You can't just say "yup it's gone let's start over again" You actually have survey what was originally there and what is left. Are the plants operational? operational but damaged? Where can we run the new stuff etc etc etc etc
Ok...so the entire grid is farked but the plants seem to be ok. We now know we are going to replace everything from the plant to the house.
We can start buying stuff.
Anyone have a couple thousand miles of high tension wire laying around we can buy?
Ok, well start making some because we are going to need all you can make. Should be a couple weeks (at best) before we have even a partial amount of that...but that's ok because we still have to get rid of all the debris that are in the way of where these lines are going. That should take some time.
Oh yeah...towers. We are gonna need a shiatload of towers because well they seem to be missing. Don't bother asking, these aren't an on-the-shelf item either. Ok...takes a little pressure off the wire guy because we can't do much with wire if we can't hang them.
You: You could bury them to save time
Me: No that would require a survey of all the proposed routes to make sure you could even put them in the ground.
Ok..so we have the high voltage part working that should take a couple months aaannndddd fark. We have no substations left. Someone run down to the ACME transformer, breaker, and relay store and get me a couple thousand of each in various sizes. What you mean they closed? Dammit...fine order a ton of those.
What? Oh yeah were are gonna need a shiatload more poles...oh and a metric assload of distribution transformers (the ones on the poles) and insulators...and more breakers...
Fine..that should cover us on the materials.
So assuming that all of that can just magically appear, you think you can install all that crap and get it working in three months? We haven't even talked about the manpower requirement. Will just assume that we can get enough people there and house and support them with the wave of your magic wand.
Basically you are saying you can rewire the City of Chicago (pop 2.6mil) in 90 days.
I get it you want to point your ignorant rage at a guy you don't like but that is just ludicrous."
Puerto Rico's electrical grid is unlikely to be fully restored until the end of May, the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday -- months longer than the timeline offered by the island's governor.