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Top officials slated to participate in roundtable on restructuring of electrical system

Rep. Víctor Parés Otero

By The Star Staff

District 4 (San Juan) Rep. Víctor Parés Otero announced on Monday the holding of a roundtable with top officials from LUMA Energy, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and Genera PR with the purpose of knowing, with concrete data, the status of the restructuring of the island electrical system.

Likewise, the roundtable also will be aimed at shedding light on the federal funds received, including those already used, as well as the period needed to complete the work.

“Much has been discussed about the status of the reconstruction of the electrical grid in Puerto Rico,” the New Progressive Party legislator said. “There is a lot of speculation and it is time to place all that in a framework with precise, concrete and, above all, verifiable data. We will be summoning this week the directors of LUMA, PREPA and Genera to present us the real status of the reconstruction of the network in order to present it to the people of Puerto Rico.”

“As a result of the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, the federal government, through several agencies including the Department of Energy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), assigned Puerto Rico $12.8 billion, the largest figure in FEMA’s history,” Parés Otero noted. “To this is added other million-dollar items. The purpose of this meeting is to corroborate the data on the disbursements and those that have been used and how.”

Parés Otero said the meeting will be held at the Capitol.

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