José Ortiz

José Ortiz, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. >Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez

Governor Wanda Vázquez asked for "transparency" to the executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), José Ortiz, during a meeting in La Fortaleza with part of the public corporation's Governing Board.

"The governor wants us to highlight transparency, competitiveness in contracts. it is very important that this is given competitiveness and to provide maximum opportunities to Puerto Rican talent," Ortiz said.

After the meeting ended, he said that they discussed issues related to privatization, change to natural gas in San Juan, and agreements with creditors.

Although the governor called for "transparency," neither Ortiz nor the president of the Governing Board, Ralph Kreil Rivera, revealed today the companies that they are considering to privatize Prepa.

Ortiz said this is done as part of the negotiation process and to "protect" companies interested in purchasing the system. He insisted that, by law, the contract must be awarded before December 31.

The official opined that Prepa does comply with transparency provisions.

Moreover, Kreil Rivera, said that the Board will hold public hearings island-wide, starting with Mayagüez.

Reportedly, after leaving this meeting, the governor would go to Utuado to inspect what happened with a river that left its channel. She will be with the commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (NMEAD by its Spanish acronym), Carlos Acevedo. In the afternoon, she reportedly has more pending meetings in La Fortaleza.

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