Puerto Rico power utility customers assured service despite billing issue
SAN JUAN – The chief of staff to the governor of Puerto Rico, William Villafañe, assured that electric service won’t be shut off for any utility customer despite disconnection notices warning otherwise.
La Fortaleza official indicated that Gov. Ricardo Rosselló gave instructions to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) “so citizens are not billed for services they have not received as a result of hurricanes Irma and María.”
“We are focused on achieving the recovery of the electric power system as quickly as possible; for that, we depend on the collaboration of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the entity in charge of transporting the materials and supplies to Puerto Rico. It is the Corps of Engineers that has absolute control of the materials needed for the reconstruction of the island’s electrical infrastructure,” the chief of staff added.
Meanwhile, the government announced that seven incident management teams (IMTs) arrived in Puerto Rico over the weekend to support efforts to restore Prepa service 80 days after the island-wide outage left by Hurricane María.
The coordinator for the energy restoration effort, engineer Carlos Torres, also revealed that the main plan to restore the service is being updated with additional information about the damage caused by the hurricane that Prepa has found in different sectors of the island.
The IMTs, which are composed of seven to 10 representatives of several U.S. utilities, will be assigned to seven regions of the island and will coordinate the work of all the areas that still lack the service along with the public corporation and state and federal agencies.