Puerto Rico power utility board selects new chairman
Ralph Kreil Rivera takes over Elí Díaz Atienza’s Prepa seat
SAN JUAN – The governing board of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) selected engineer Ralph Kreil Rivera on Tuesday as its new chairman after engineer Elí Díaz Atienza stepped down following his appointment as representative of the Government of Puerto Rico before the island’s Financial Oversight and Management Board.
Housing Department Secretary Fernando Gil Enseñant, who is also the administrator of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funds was elected as vice chairman.
Kreil Rivera is a former president of the Engineers & Land Surveyors Association of Puerto Rico. He graduated from the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, and has more than 30 years of professional electrical engineering experience in the private sector. He has been on the board, for which he was vice chairman, since July 2018.
Kreil Rivera said in a statement Friday that the utility’s governing board held an extraordinary meeting with the members of the island’s fiscal board, which was positive in terms of them being aligned in their objectives. He added that it also met with Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced, the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3), the Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3), and the Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF). The utility board will meet with the Energy Bureau shortly, he added.
“All this effort as part of the work of ensuring that, in a transparent way, the transformation of the corporation is carried out for the benefit of the consumer and the development of our economy,” Kreil Rivera said.
The new chairman also said a board meeting scheduled for Wednesday was canceled due to the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian. adding that the panel was pleased with the “excellent communication developed with FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] staff in preparation” for the storm.
The Governing Board held an extraordinary meeting Tuesday morning to address several issues, including the passage of Dorian.