SAN JUAN – The Association of Renewable Energy Producers (APER) made on Wednesday a call to the Electric Power Authority (PREPA), as well as its Governing Board to keep their word and comply with the renewable energy contracts that are already in place. Have signed.
The entity also stated that PREPA and the Fiscal Control Board (JCF) continue to intervene in processes and decisions already awarded, which end up increasing the price of local energy.
“The secrecy in the face of access to information and the lack of transparency – badly suffered by many of our agencies and public corporations – infects the same Fiscal Control Board that was imposed on the people of Puerto Rico to end this chronic disease”, said the executive director, Julián Herencia in written communication.
The APER leader also stated that “in order to generate a competitive market on the island, PREPA has to comply with the contracts already signed. In this way, it protects the business environment that the renewable energy industry needs in order to make it cost effective. It is time for the relevant agencies to put aside ambivalence and take forceful action for the benefit of our Island ”.
Herencia argued that the JCF invades ground by entering into the determination of public policy, such as the reasonableness and competitiveness of electricity rates, and compliance with public energy policy according to laws 17-2019 and 57-2020, among others.
The Association added that PREPA’s certified fiscal plan omitted the costs of consultants and studies to seriously evaluate and determine the real and competitive cost of renewable energy in Puerto Rico.
He also explained that the approval of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP, for its acronym in English) corresponds to the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau (NERP).
On the other hand, they reiterated that the determination to limit the implementation of non-operational projects to 150 megawatts – instead of the 593 megawatts approved – is based on a certified fiscal plan with incorrect premises and data, to which the most recent data was not incorporated. recent events or the results of precise studies regarding the reality and the particularities existing in Puerto Rico.
Likewise, the APER stressed that the recently approved IRP of the Energy Bureau eliminates the project of a new 300 megawatt combined cycle plant in Palo Seco, which will result in a considerable increase in the electricity rate to less than the nearly 600 megawatts of renewables are realized.
“The only protection against this increase that can be done on time are renewable projects. The new plant in Palo Seco would have generated energy at a cost of 9.7 cents per kilowatt / hour in natural gas, but since it is not part of the plan, diesel generation would entail a cost of 13.8 cents per kilowatt / hour, “concluded Herencia.