U.S. House to hold hearing Tuesday on status of ‘Rebuilding and Privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’
See the hearing live at 10 a.m. here
SAN JUAN – The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a hearing Tuesday on the status of the “Rebuilding and Privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority” (Prepa).
Natural Resources committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the vice chairman for Insular Affairs, will preside the 10 a.m. oversight hearing at the Longworth House Office Building.
The hearing follows a Grijalva-led congressional delegation to Puerto Rico in March to focus on hurricane recovery and the “damaging effects of economic austerity,” when island residents participated in a public listening session on March 15.
“Updating the agency’s management and infrastructure is necessary to provide reliable, low-cost power for the Puerto Rican people and to support long-term recovery efforts,” a House release reads.
The House delegation visited the Toro Negro community in Ciales, the first solar community on the island that owns and manages its renewable energy system, which includes 20 micro-grids powering 28 homes.
Among those invited to testify in Tuesday’s hearing is the executive president of Puerto Rico Community Foundation, Nelson I. Colón Tarrats, whose nonprofit provided technical and legal assistance and support with donations from the nonprofit Somos Solar as well. The community was also the first to submit a registration application to the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau. It also received support from Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment.
See the hearing live here: http://bit.ly/2UzCQoz
The following is the hearing witness list:
Bruce J. Walker
Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
U.S. Department of Energy
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority
Sergio M. Marxuach
Center for a New Economy
Marla Pérez Lugo
Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences
University of Puerto Rico
Noel Zamot (minority witness)
Atabey Group LLC
Rodrigo Masses Artze
Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association
President and Chief Executive Officer
Puerto Rico Community Foundation
Ramón J. Cruz
Board of Directors
Director of Finance
The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo
Electrical Industry and Irrigation Workers Union
Douglas Holtz-Eakin (minority witness)
American Action Forum
Tomás J. Torres (minority witness)
Puerto Rico Institute for Competitiveness and Sustainable Economy