UTIER warns of secret deal to privatize PREPA
By The Star Staff
The Irrigation & Electrical Industry Workers Union (UTIER), the main union of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) workers, filed a petition Tuesday at the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau opposing attempts by the Public Private Partnership (P3) Authority to keep confidential documents related to a contract that would put the island energy utility’s transmission and distribution system under a private operator.
The Energy Bureau on June 9 granted a confidentiality request filed by the P3 Authority on May 18. UTIER President Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo said the P3 request was filed in May, but it was not until June 9 that the union found out about the secrecy request because the P3 Authority’s initial request does not appear on the regulator’s records.