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Puerto Rico labor union denounces Luma Energy, demands company leave the island

The Miami Herald: 

As a flash storm poured over San Juan on June 1, leaders and members of labor unions huddled under a yellow tent in front of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to denounce LUMA Energy, the new private operator of the island’s power grid.

“There won’t be peace, there won’t be peace, if LUMA doesn’t leave,” the crowd chanted under a golden awning stamped with UTIER, the acronym for the Electrical Industry and Irrigation Workers Union, which represents workers for the electric company.

On that same day, the power authority, PREPA, transferred the operation of its distribution and transmission lines to LUMA Energy, a San Juan-based consortium between North American companies Atco and Quanta Services. Under the new model, PREPA maintains ownership of its assets and responsibility for electricity generation.

[ Syra Ortiz-Blanes  ] 

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