May 15, 2021

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UTIER says it is time to rethink PREPA's transformation

The president of the Union of Workers in the Electricity and Irrigation Industry (UTIER), Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, said that, after the departure of José Ortiz, as executive director of the Electric Power Authority (AEE), they should reconsider the contracts agreed upon under his mandate.

“The resignation of José Ortiz is not a reason for celebration because the suffering that the people of Puerto Rico have suffered in the face of their misguided decisions does not cause us joy, on the contrary. What does allow the resignation of an incapable, inept, incompetent, reckless and liar Executive Director is having the opportunity to rethink once again what Electric Power Authority we want and what transformation, under the public model, the people of Puerto Rico deserve ”, he explained.

Figueroa Jaramillo insisted that the decisions taken by Ortiz must be reevaluated, since under his mandate contracts were created that affect consumers.

"José Ortiz leaves, but he left millionaire contracts signed that affect us as consumers. . Those contracts need to be reevaluated. The pruning contract, for example, that he put in private hands, the maintenance of the power lines and that, according to everything points, was the cause of the blackout last Tuesday. Another millionaire contract signed by the now former executive director to be eliminated is the contract awarded to Luma Energy that will raise our bill as recently as December. These nefarious contracts that José Ortiz signed must also go with him, "he added.

The UTIER president pointed out that the" new Executive Director of PREPA must put the interests of the people of Puerto Rico first than the economic interests of the friends of the soul. ”

“ Whoever comes to lead PREPA has to always put ahead the well-being of PREPA consumers who deserve a first-class electricity system and not the economic interests of a few ” , he stressed.

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