(MAY 8, 2020 – Washington, D.C.)– The Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez Garced received a letter via email from the U.S. Secretary of Energy (DOE) Dan Brouillette, and the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Neil Chatterjee, thanking the Government’s efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic and announcing continued support for the island during this emergency.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Government of Puerto Rico is taking the necessary measures to ensure that citizens have access to essential services. These measures include the designation of workers within the energy sector as essential during the mandatory lockdown for the continuity of operations.
In the letter, DOE expressed that they will collaborate with the Government of Puerto Rico to ensure continued access to resources for essential workers, waivers for fuel carrier standards, and commercial driver’s licenses. Also, priority access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing, and cleaning supplies for grid operators. Additionally, FERC has issued orders and taken actions, including relaxing regulatory burdens and extending filing deadlines, encouraging filings, and streamlining the review and approval process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, DOE has been providing guidance, aid, and support as Puerto Rico continues to recover from the 2017 Hurricanes Irma and María and works towards the rebuilding of the island’s energy grid.
“I am proud of the work my Administration has undertaken during this unprecedented and historic pandemic to guarantee access to essential services during this emergency and ensure the safety of the people of Puerto Rico,” Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced. “We welcome this partnership with Secretary Brouillette and Chairman Chatterjee and look forward to continuing our productive relationship as our beloved island continues to recover and moves forward with the rebuilding of a resilient grid.”
“Puerto Rico has led by example during this pandemic, and our strategic plan has been recognized nationally during this health crisis as we continue to ensure the health and safety of millions,” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. “We have demonstrated that despite the adversities, the people of Puerto Rico are strong and resilient. This Administration will continue to work with DOE and FERC to ensure a full recovery for our island.”