LUMA Adamant Despite Adverse Rulings
While LUMA Energy assured last week that it has improved services for most customers in its public-private partnership with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), the island’s Popular Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled Legislative Assembly continues its respective probes into the company, which has declined to submit documentation regarding finances and utility operations.
Rep. Luis Raúl Torres Cruz has so far prevailed in both local and federal courts in his lawsuit against LUMA Energy LLC and LUMA Energy Servco LLC, demanding that the U.S.-Canadian consortium hand over the documents to the House Economic Development, Planning, Telecommunications, Public-Private Partnerships and Energy Committee, which he chairs.
On Aug. 3, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court denied LUMA’s petition that it review a decision by the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals sustaining the decision by the San Juan Superior Court in favor of the lower chamber’s lawsuit. The consortium is petitioning the island’s top court to reconsider its ruling, issued by a panel of judges that includes Chief Justice Maité D. Oronoz Rodríguez and associate justices Mildred G. Pabón Charneco, Edgardo Rivera García and Luis F. Estrella Martínez.
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