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Notice about Proposed Regulation Adoption

The Energy Bureau of the Puerto Rico Public Service Regulatory Board (“Energy Bureau”), proposes to adopt the Regulation for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, pursuant Act 17-2019, known as the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, Act 57-2014, as amended, known as the Puerto Rico Energy Transformation and RELIEF Act and Act 38-2017, as amended, known as the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act of the Government of Puerto Rico.

The Proposed Regulation is designed to ensure that Puerto Rico reaches the goal of thirty percent (30%) of energy efficiency by 2040. Through the Proposed Regulation, a third-party administrator experienced in the design and implementation of energy efficiency programs shall oversee such programs, which will be available to all customer classes, including municipalities. Additionally, the Energy Bureau determined to address the development of demand response programs through the Proposed Regulation. The purpose of demand response programs, among others, is to reduce the reliance on expensive peaking capacity that increases energy costs for customers.  Customers will be empowered by learning to manage their energy usage in an efficient way, and therefore having the opportunity to reduce energy costs.

The text of the Proposed Regulation is available for public scrutiny at the Energy Bureau’s Clerk Office, located at the World Plaza Building, 268 Muñoz Rivera Ave., Plaza Level Suite 202, San Juan, PR 00918. The working hours of the Energy Bureau are between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on business days. The Proposed Regulation will also be published along this Notice, on the Energy Bureau’s Internet website, www.energia.pr.gov (here).

Any interested person can submit written comments regarding the Proposed Regulation within thirty (30) days from the publication date of this Notice. Comments must be addressed to the attention of Edison Avilés Deliz, Chairman, and shall be filed by electronic mail at: comentarios@energia.pr.gov; through the Energy Bureau’s electronic filing tool at: https://radicacion.energia.pr.gov/; by postal mail addressed to the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau’s Clerk’s Office at World Plaza Building, 268 Muñoz Rivera Ave., Plaza Level Suite 202, San Juan, PR 00918; or in person at the Energy Bureau’s Clerk’s Office, located at the referenced address. Any person interested in submitting replies to comments filed within the aforementioned period shall do so within ten (10) days following the close of the general commenting period, using the means identified above.

The Energy Bureau will hold a public hearing on October 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at its Hearing Room located at World Plaza Building, 268 Muñoz Rivera Ave., Eight Floor, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Any person interested in participating in the process may appear at the public hearing.