House Democrats are calling on the Puerto Rican power company that picked up information from the island’s grid to release information following blackouts that have affected hundreds of thousands of people.
Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), chair of the Natural Resources Committee, and Representative Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Chair of his Sub-Committee on Monitoring and Investigations, sent a letter to the President of LUMA Energy Friday. requiring the company to submit several documents by October 22.
The committee is currently investigating the transfer of its electricity grid to LUMA by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.
The committee recently had a hearing with the president of LUMA Wayne stensby in which representatives said in the letter that Stensby’s responses to “many” of the questions “were insufficient”.
Members alleged that LUMA’s takeover of the power grid did not result in lower electricity rates and better access for customers, highlighting a power outage that affected 800,000 Puerto Ricans in June after a fire in a LUMA substation.
The letter says LUMA has raised rates despite not going to do so for three years and says the company does not have enough employees or enough experienced employees.
Grijalva and Porter request the delivery of documents containing information regarding the damage to the property of customers by the company due to voltage fluctuations, the causes of service interruptions from the beginning of June to the end of September, the total number of LUMA employees and the number of maintenance and repair teams.
The company began to resume power transmissions from the island in early June after signing a 15-year contract with the government.
Puerto Rico has struggled with its electricity grid since 2017, when Hurricane Maria devastated the region.