May 11, 2021

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Edison Avilés confirmed as president of the Energy Bureau




The president of the Energy Bureau Edison Avilés, was confirmed this afternoon by the Senate, despite the indications of the Union of Workers in the Electricity and Irrigation Industry (Utier), that He is accused of having become a "judge and party" amid the selection of the LUMA Energy consortium as the privatizer of the Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

The legislative minorities rejected the appointment of Avilés.

The President of the Bureau formed the committee that established the Authority for Public-Private Partnerships (P3) to evaluate the proposals of the competitors that were interested in managing the public corporation. Unlike the concessions of the Luis Muñoz Marín international airport and the José de Diego highway (PR-22), in which members of the private sector participated in the selection, this committee was only made up of government figures.

In the In the case of Avilés, his participation was in the capacity of a public official expert in energy.

In a majority vote, the Bureau issued an Energy Compliance Certificate to the contract to privatize the operation of the transmission, distribution and PREPA customer service, which is concentrated by 80% of the employees of the public corporation.

By law, the Bureau must issue an Energy Compliance Certificate for any PREPA transaction, in order to guarantee that it complies with the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Law and its regulatory framework. In this case, the Bureau determined that the clauses and conditions of the privatization contract comply with the provisions of Law 120-2018 and Law 17-2019.



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