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House passes resolution to augment supervision of LUMA

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Executive Director Josué Colón

By The Star Staff

The House of Representatives late on Monday approved Joint Resolution 664 to direct the Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A) to conduct oversight of LUMA Energy and empower the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority as part of the supervisory entity of the private operator of the island’s electrical transmission and distribution system.

“In view of the frequent blackouts that our island has suffered, which have left thousands of subscribers without electricity, we request that PREPA be the supervisory entity of this contract,” House Majority Leader Rep. Ángel Matos García said. “LUMA Energy has not performed its function of repairing or replacing electrical transmission equipment and infrastructure, nor has it complied with the plan to remove weeds and remove branches, which has been one of the causes of the constant blackouts.”

The joint resolution’s preamble emphasizes that the privatization of the administration of the energy transmission and distribution network was based on the supposition that a private entity would perform the functions more effectively, at a lower cost and with greater operational agility than PREPA.

“It was anticipated that LUMA would generate savings of about $250 million in the first three years of operation and would carry out a rehabilitation of the transmission network and changes in the generation plants,” reads the measure.

Meanwhile, House Concurrent Resolution 82 also was approved, which requests that Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia declare the P3A executive director post vacant and appoint PREPA Executive Director Josué Colón as executive director of the P3A.

“It is necessary that the director of the P3 Authority be replaced by the director of the Electric Power Authority, Colón,” said Rep Ángel Bulerín Ramos, who co-authored the measure with Rep. Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez. “We need a person who has the experience to exercise the oversight function over the contracts of LUMA and Genera P.R., and Colón is a great resource and has the confidence of the people of Puerto Rico.”

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William Rosa
William Rosa
26 jun

Its commendable that almost everyone, in PR for sure, many in the PR Legislature, much less in the US, wants to do something about the LUMA problem; suddenly it's a theme that can't be avoided. Is almost fashionable. However, the characters in this charade are the same ones that took PR, 76 years ago, in that direction until we got here; thus, surprises are fun, these folks aren't surprising anyone except themselves.

The obvious question regarding the LUMA problem is, where were Joint Resolution 664, presented by House Majority Leader Rep. Ángel Matos García and Concurrent Resolution 82, presented by Reps. Ángel Bulerín Ramos and Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez, who co-authored it, when LUMA showed signs of failure. Very discreetly,…

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