Governor says LUMA’s image will improve
By John McPhaul
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said on Tuesday that the perception of the LUMA Energy consortium will improve if all entities maintain control.
“What we have to do here is to focus all of us on supervising LUMA. I am talking about the Energy Bureau, the Public-Private Partnerships [Authority], La Fortaleza itself, the House and the Senate, the oversight board; that is, we are all united in making LUMA’s service the best it can be,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “I don’t want it to go back to the times of the past when we had a free monopoly. Before, the Electric Power Authority was not accountable to anyone. Light [electrical service] went up and down and no one knew why. Nobody understood the bill and it was not regulated and supervised. Now we do have a system and the important thing is that we all do our part.”
Regarding the opposition of the Legislative Assembly to a bill that sought to withdraw money from the State Insurance Fund Corp. to mitigate the rise in the price of gasoline, Pierluisi said he will leave the matter in the hands of the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau.
“There was really very little discussion of the bill there and once again, what they did was torpedo it for partisan political reasons,” the governor said. “When what was appropriate was to unite for Puerto Rico.”
“The [Electric Power] Authority is going to receive substantial funds from FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and the [Energy] Bureau has indicated that it could use them to reverse part of this increase. So we are going to be vigilant so that the cost of electricity goes down, which is what we want,” Pierluisi said, adding that he will seek other alternatives to mitigate the increase in the electricity bill.