The Honorable Jennifer Granholm Secretary U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20585
The Honorable Deanne Criswell Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency 500 C St., SW Washington, DC 20472
The Honorable Richard Glick Chair Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First St., NE Washington, DC 20426
September 26, 2022
Dear Secretary Granholm, Chair Glick, and Administrator Criswell:
About 1.3 million customers were still without power last Tuesday after Hurricane Fiona caused devastating rain and flooding last Sunday. This comes 5 years after Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged the infrastructure of the island. LUMA Energy LLC took over the island’s electrical grid on June 1, 2021 and has managed it since. Despite receiving billions in federal assistance to strengthen Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, LUMA continues to provide inconsistent power services, with frequent and lengthy power outages affecting the lives of millions on the island.
According to Puerto Rico’s Energy Bureau, the island has suffered from outages that last more than 21 hours at an increased rate since January 2022. As Puerto Ricans rebuild once again from the effects of Hurricane Fiona, LUMA must be held accountable for providing safe, consistent and affordable electrical services to its millions of customers.
This is why Pulso is joining New York Attorney General, Letitia James, in calling for a federal investigation of Puerto Rico’s energy provider, LUMA.
Liz Rebecca Alarcón
Founder & Executive Director, Pulso