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Energy Bureau Schedules Hearings to Consider Utility Price Increase

By on October 18, 2021

The president of the Energy Bureau of the Public Service Regulatory Board, Edison Avilés Deliz, announced the agency would be holding virtual public hearings to evaluate a possible utility bill increase due to an adjustment factor related to fuel price.

Avilés Deliz said the Energy Bureau needs to gather “critical information” to determine if the increase is appropriate, as requested by LUMA, the private consortium in charge of critical components of the island’s power grid. The company has been the object of criticism due to ongoing power blackouts.

The Bureau invited different organizations to participate in the virtual public hearings, such as CAMBIO PR. Inc, and ICSE-PR. An official representing the consumer in Puerto Rico Power Authority’s governing board could also be among the main speakers.

“We intend to ensure that we have a whole range of positions and approaches to this issue,” said Avilés Deliz.

The hearings will be held next October 18, 19, and 25 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Representatives from PREPA and LUMA are slated for the last day of hearings.

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