Prepa’s announcement comes after a widespread rolling blackout, and it says the move will allow problems with power generators to be resolved more quickly.
Prepa’s announcement comes days after a widespread rolling blackout.
The utility outsourced the business of power distribution last year, but is still largely responsible for generating electricity in Puerto Rico, a US territory of more than three million people.
Its energy system has been hurt by years of low investment, a legacy of political interference, nearly $9 billion in debt and the lingering effects of the 2017 hurricane season, when Hurricane Maria knocked out power across the island.
Expensive and unreliable electric service continues to be a drain on family income and quality of life in Puerto Rico, which is pushing for an exit from bankruptcy proceedings that began in 2017. Prepa, one of the largest public utilities in the US, is also in bankruptcy and is not expected to get out of court protection until next year.
Jeffrey Acevedo contributed to this article.