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Velázquez: Dept. of Energy must compensate Puerto Rico’s residents for prolonged electrical outages

June 14, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, REP. NYDIA M. VELÁZQUEZ (D-7), whose district covering northern Brooklyn and Queens has a significant Puerto Rican population, wrote to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm regarding the consequences of the most recent power outages in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. The Congressmember underscored the need to compensate consumers, including businesses, for their losses. Recent and prolonged energy blackouts in Puerto Rico have impacted hundreds of thousands of island residents during a dangerous heat wave. The blackouts have forced residents to discard spoiled food, medicines and household appliances. These outages are the latest in a long line of failures of private operators to deliver a stable electrical grid for Puerto Rico. The letter requests that the Department of Energy (DOE) include Puerto Rico in its Interruption Cost Estimate (ICE) Calculator. This statistical tool would provide the local authorities responsible for overseeing the private operators and the public with critical information.

“Puerto Ricans have suffered significant government neglect over the past few years. It is time to reverse this pattern and take decisive action to hold those responsible for providing quality electrical service accountable,” Velázquez wrote.

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