Puerto Rico Energy Commission to hold hearing on Offshore GasPort
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Energy Commission will hold a public hearing July 20to hear testimony from the general public on whether the controversial Aguirre Offshore GasPort (AOGP) should be built.
“The objective of this proceeding is to determine whether…construction of AOGP is commensurate with a low-cost, low-risk path to meeting the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s [Prepa] future resource portfolio needs,” the PREC said in a written statement.
The energy regulator has declined to approve AOGP’s construction, arguing it cannot conclude that it is the least costly and least risky path for serving customers’ needs and meeting the island’s energy policy.
Since at least 2013, Prepa has touted the AOGP, which is slated to bring natural gas to the Aguirre Power Plant, as its main alternative to reduce energy costs for customers, but intervenors such as Actas Group, are proposing other alternatives including a gas pipeline from EcoEléctrica in Peñuelas to the Aguirre Power Plant in Salinas. The PREC held technical hearings on the project, which does not have a source of financing yet.
Thursday’s public hearing will be held at the PREC’s ’s Hearing Room in the Seaborne Building on 268 Muñoz Rivera Ave., on the eighth floor. In the hearing, anyone may comment on Prepa’s economic analysis of the AOGP.
Those who wish to file written comments, may do so by July 21 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail or personally at the PREC’s offices.