December 8, 2022
  • December 8, 2022

U.S. lawmakers investigate Puerto Rico power outages, demand data

By on October 9, 2021 0


A wooden Puerto Rican flag is displayed on the dock at the Condado Lagoon, where several selective outages have been recorded in recent days, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Power outages across the island have increased in recent weeks, some lasting up to several days. (AP Photo / Carlos Giusti)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee on Friday demanded that the company responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity in Puerto Rico release key data amid widespread blackouts in the United States, which angered and frustrated many people.

The Natural Resources Committee ordered Luma to submit information by October 22, including the number of maintenance workers it employs, the estimated length of time a generation unit will be unusable, and allowances and titles. employees who earn more than $ 200,000 per year.

The letter comes two days after officials including Luma CEO Wayne Stensby testified at a committee hearing to learn more about the ongoing outages in Puerto Rico.

“Many of your answers were incomplete. You refused to answer the others, ”said the committee, which oversees US territorial affairs.

Luma had previously been sued by the Puerto Rico House of Representatives for similar information, with the island’s Supreme Court ordering the company to hand over the data, although this did not happen. At the time, Stensby said the company was private and the information was confidential.

Luma issued a statement Friday saying its more than 3,100 employees are working hard despite “the many and very difficult challenges from those who oppose the transformation,” adding that a lot of misinformation has spread. However, the company did not respond to questions and concerns raised by the committee.