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Donahue to Testify Before Senate Panel About Blackout

By on October 3, 2016

SAN JUAN—The Senate Committee on Energy and Water Resources has summoned the chief restructuring officer of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), Lisa Donahue, to appear Tuesday as part of the hearings that began last week to investigate the possible reasons that led to the collapse the electrical system on September 21 and the delay in the restoration of electrical service.


Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) Chief Restructuring Officer, Lisa Donahue

The president of the committee, Popular Democratic Party Sen. Ramón Luis Nieves, said that Donahue should give details before the Senate panel about the work done by her firm, AlixPartners, since it was hired by Prepa in September 2014 to restructure the utility’s debt and transform the operations of the public corporation.

“Our intention is to make a comprehensive evaluation of Prepa’s operational condition and identify what needs to be done. We also want to investigate the relationship between the initiatives carried out by AlixPartners and the blackout,” the senator said.

This is the second hearing held by the committee about the blackout. The executive director of Prepa said last week that in the next three weeks, the agency would be able to present the findings of the investigation into the incident.

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