The Puerto Rico Energy Bureau (“Energy Bureau”), pursuant Act 57-2014, as amended, known as the Puerto Rico Energy Transformation and RELIEF Act conducted an Investigation on the Use of External Energy Generators by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (“PREPA”) and Billing to Clients, Case No. CEPR-IN-2018-0002. Said Investigation focused on determining the operational and economic changes that affected PREPA after the emergency caused by Hurricanes Irma and María. The Energy Bureau emphasized on information related to the use of external energy generators by PREPA to provide electric service to its customers. In addition, the Energy Bureau analyzed PREPA’s billing process in relation to the electric service provided through the use of external energy generators.
After completing its Investigation, on December 12, 2018, the Energy Bureau issued a Final Report and Order in which it determined that an exemption of charges for the purchase of fuel and purchase of energy does not correspond to clients from Maunabo, Culebra and Vieques, as well as customers whose electric service was or continues to be partially or totally provided by external and distributed generators through PREPA’s transmission and distribution system. Additionally, due to the difficulties that the residents of these municipalities had to present their objections to the electric bills issued after the aforementioned atmospheric events, the Energy Bureau GRANTS a term of sixty (60) days, from the date of publication of this Notice, so that customers located in the municipalities of Maunabo, Culebra and Vieques who have a meritorious claim, may submit objections to the electric bills corresponding to the period of September 6, 2017 to July 31, 2018. PREPA shall receive and process said objections in accordance with the process established in Act 57-2014, Act 3-2018 or Act 143-2018 and their respective Regulations, as the case may be.