New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday requested that federal authorities investigate LUMA Energy and the outage.
His request comes days after Hurricane Fiona left the island with winds and rain that caused a general blackout, and he reiterated that it’s been five years since Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the local government has about $9,500 to spare. millions in funds to rehabilitate and strengthen the network.
In a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick, James noted that “not only is the frequency of blackouts problematic, but the duration is a growing concern.”
James argued that the current blackout is adversely affecting the functioning of the health system, schools and courts, and is putting a strain on businesses.
“According to the Puerto Rico Power Office, since January there has been an increase in the length of monthly outages per customer, with outages lasting more than 21 hours in each case,” the letter states.
“I am calling for a federal investigation into LUMA and critical updates and reforms to the system so that Puerto Ricans are never left in the dark again.” Together, we must continue to fight for long-term solutions to stabilize and strengthen Puerto Rico and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the island,” James added.