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Fiscal board executive director insists there will be no sun tax



Financial Oversight and Management Board Executive Director Robert Mujica

By The Star Staff


Financial Oversight and Management Board Executive Director Robert Mujica insisted on Wednesday that none of the members of the fiscal entity created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act have raised or suggested that beneficiaries of the Net Metering Law pay a $4 charge.


“I don’t think anyone is talking about changing that right now. I haven’t heard anyone say it,” Mujica said in an interview with CyberNews. “I’ve never heard anyone have that discussion. I haven’t heard anyone talk about it at the moment. Absolutely not.”


Mujica said the effort of the groups that promoted the approval of Law 10 of 2024, which postpones the completion of a study on net metering until 2030, is an effort to hinder the function of the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau.


“What is very concerning is when you want to silence the Bureau or not allow them to do a study, well then the question is, what information are you afraid of?” he said. “Why wouldn’t you want to have an analysis or a study so that you can then see, if there could be impacts, there could be changes that the Bureau could propose to improve? So when you try to silence debate or discussion, or not allow an independent study to take place, it should be very concerning for everyone.”


Mujica said he believes that opposition to the study also responds to economic interests.


“I think there are a lot of people who are making a lot of money in the solar industry, and that’s fine,” he said. “This is an industry like any other. There are special interests like in all the others. And the Bureau should be independent and should not be affected by that lobbying effort or those efforts. They should do a study on the merits. Let’s publish the study, and then we can have a discussion. Maybe the Bureau can decide to leave everything exactly the same.”


He reiterated that so-called prosumers who already have their systems installed and functioning will not have any changes to payment or credit arrangements under the net metering program.

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