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Congressional hearing on restoration of Puerto Rico’s electric infrastructure postponed

By on February 26, 2018

SAN JUAN – The U.S. HouseSubcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), announced Monday that due to changes in the chamber’s calendar, the Wednesday, Feb. 28 hearing entitled, “Update on the Restoration of Puerto Rico’s Electric Infrastructure,” has been postponed.

According to the published announcement, the hearing is to continue the “Energy and Commerce Committee’s work overseeing the federal response and recovery efforts to last year’s unprecedented series of hurricanes.”

The “much-needed update” from public and private officials about the status of grid restoration “in storm ravaged Puerto Rico” will be the fourth hearing the committee has held in response to last year’s hurricanes and “will provide members an opportunity to check-in on the progress of recovery since a bipartisan delegation of members toured” Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in December.

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“While progress has been made, thousands of people still remain without power and we need to determine how and when power will be restored. I’m looking forward to hearing from our witnesses about what lessons have been learned, what improvements have been made, and what we can do to be better prepared for the future,” Harper says in the release, which lists the committee previous hearings on the hurricanes.

Video of the hearing “examining the public health response and preparedness efforts related to the hurricanes, held Oct. 24, can be seen here. Its examination on Nov. 2 of the “federal and state response and recovery efforts can be seen here. And the hearing Nov. 14, “examining the federal, state, and local response to the environmental damage can be watched here.

Information about rescheduling the hearing will be posted here as it becomes available.  The majority memorandum, witness list and witness testimony, and a live stream of the hearing will be posted online here as it becomes available, the committee adds.

Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) is seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico January 22, 2018. The luminous sign reads “Electric Power Authority, Generator Complex, San Juan Central, Pioneer of the Electrical System.” (REUTERS/Alvin Baez)

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