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Lawmaker to propose rules for island’s EV charging network



Rep. Víctor Parés Otero

By The Star Staff


San Juan District 4 Rep. Víctor Parés Otero announced Thursday that he will introduce a series of measures aimed at creating a regulatory framework for the electric vehicle charging industry in Puerto Rico, which include empowering the Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO) to inspect charging stations and be able to freeze profit margins during an emergency, among others.


In addition, the New Progressive Party legislator is considering filing a bill to give the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau the power to establish price structures per recharge.


“We believe in a green Puerto Rico, where most of the vehicles that travel on our roads are powered by electricity, as the world is moving that way,” Parés Otero said in a written statement. “To this end, it is imperative to create a support network for electric vehicles. But with this network, regulation is needed, like any industry, so after several months evaluating this market, holding meetings with all those involved and observing every detail of the recharging process, we have determined the roadmap we are going to follow to regulate it.”


The legislator, along with DACO Secretary Lisoannette González Ruiz, visited the Velocicharge charging stations at Plaza Las Américas in Hato Rey on Wednesday to study the entire process, from the arrival of the vehicle at the parking area, the recharging and the payment process, among other aspects.


“For us at DACO, addressing these types of issues is of utmost importance, as changes in the transportation industry, specifically electric vehicles, are increasing,” the DACO secretary said. “It is important that consumers have the necessary protection when making energy purchases for their cars or consuming some type of good or service in this modality.”


Parés Otero said the legislation, part of a package to be filed next week, will order DACO to develop a regulatory regime for the sector, as is the case with gasoline.


“The DACO Fuel Regulation is a good model to start with the inspection process and payment methods, among other aspects, but the Energy Bureau is needed, so that is why we are going to file legislation to create a price structure that reflects the realities of the market,” the lawmaker said.

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Oscar Melendez
Oscar Melendez
15 Μαρ

We want less politicians, less government agencies and less government employees. Puerto Rico is Puerto Muerto because businesses are drowning in taxes and regulations

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