Governor Justifies Lisa Donahue’s Absence During Outage
SAN JUAN – Governor Alejandro García Padilla justified today the absence of Lisa Donahue, restructuring officer of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), in the public corporation’s efforts to reestablish energy service after an outage, claiming she was contracted exclusively to restructure debt.
“Lisa Donahue is contracted to restructure Prepa’s debt, not to exact authority in terms of which plant to turn on first and which plant to turn on second, and which combustible is used first and which combustible is used second, and which production line to send energy to San Juan, Yabucoa, Juncos, Caguas, and Aguas Buenas. That isn’t her expertise,” manifested the island’s chief executive in a press conference, in which he updated information regarding Wednesday’s outage.
The governor defended Donahue’s management because of the “hundreds of millions of dollars” she has saved for the commonwealth, thus downplaying the $46 million contract granted to her and AlixPartners.
Donahue manages Prepa’s debt negotiation with creditors, estimated at $9 billion, the exchange of the debt and analysis regarding operational reforms in the public corporation, explained Prepa executive director Javier Quintana.
One of Donahue’s critics during Prepa’s outage emergency was Popular Democratic Party president and gubernatorial candidate David Bernier.
The former Secretary of State assured that, if elected governor in the coming elections, he would not renew Donahue’s contract, which has been extended five times. Bernier stated he disapproves of AlixPartners’ focus on the fiscal component, but not toward improving Prepa’s infrastructure.