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Mayor: Bayamón to become producer of electricity

Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera Cruz

By The Star Staff

Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera Cruz announced on Monday that his municipality will become a producer of electricity, as soon as the privatization of electricity generation is made possible in December.

“As soon as there is also private generation, everyone can generate,” the mayor said at a press conference. “In fact, we are already working on a master plan in the City of Bayamón and we are going to generate energy as well. It is one of the ideas we have and perhaps I am advancing an idea that is being worked on at the moment, but the entire roof of the Juan Ramón Loubriel Coliseum with all the roofs of the urban area can generate enough megawatts for us to supply, even people from the periphery and organizations and businesses from the periphery.”

“Why can we do it? Because it changed,” Rivera Cruz added. “Before, with the [Puerto Rico Electric Power] Authority that could not be done. The Authority was the owner and mistress of everything and determined and did what they determined when they wanted. That changes now.”

The mayor insisted that he has been critical of LUMA Energy.

“They have been making adjustments and of course there is still a long way to go, but as far as saying cancel the contract, no,” he said. “Because we can’t throw Puerto Rico down a ravine.”

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