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Mayors seek help from governor, PREPA officials on electrical service woes


Members of the Mayors Association, in a meeting with Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority staff, expressed dissatisfaction with the state of communication with LUMA Energy and requested the reopening of regional and technical service offices.

By John McPhaul

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Members of the Puerto Rico Mayors Association met at La Fortaleza earlier this week with Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and staff of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, to whom they expressed their dissatisfaction with the existing communication with LUMA Energy and requested the reopening of regional and technical service offices.


“This is a meeting that we requested on Oct. 4, and we were finally able to express directly to the governor the problem caused by the lack of effective communication from LUMA Energy management,” said Villalba Mayor Luis Javier Hernández Ortiz, president of the Mayors Association. “It is accepted that the municipalities are the first line of service in cases of emergencies and services to the people, but clear information is crucial.”


During the meeting, the mayors also requested an increase in service brigades, additional shifts and the presentation of a clear plan for prolonged outages, and replacement of damaged utility poles, as well as lines and lights.


“There are multiple sectors throughout Puerto Rico where the most recent prolonged outage followed the one made after Hurricane Maria,” added Hernández Ortiz.


The mayors also requested the reopening of the regional and technical service offices, and the establishment of metrics for the work carried out.


Hernández Ortiz asked in particular that in future meetings related to LUMA Energy, mayors’ groups not be divided by political party affiliation (the Mayors Association groups Popular Democratic Party mayors), “because the energy situation affects all citizens, merchants and industrialists.”


“The solutions must be the same for everyone,” he said.

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