Rate-hike petition setback following Miranda’s departure from Prepa
SAN JUAN – Sonia Miranda, director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Planning and Environmental Directorate, has left the public utility, setting back Prepa’s request for a hike to basic customer rates at a time when the corporation is restructuring of its $9 billion debt.
The Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC) urged Prepa to make Miranda, who in 2013 served briefly as executive director, available even though she is no longer employed by the utility.
“The Commission prefers Prepa make Ms. Miranda available as a witness as originally intended,” the PREC said, demanding an explanation from the utility as to who would testify in her place.
The revelation, made in a PREC order this week, comes a month after the utility demanded she be available as a witness to determine if the costs underlying Prepa’s rate hike request were “just and reasonable.” At the time, Prepa had objected to questions by the Commission to Miranda, who had been at the utility for more than 20 years, contending she had no direct knowledge.