U.S. Reps. Torres, González-Colón, and Soto Push for More Information on FEMA’s Plan to Remove Temporary Power Generator in Puerto Rico

Dec 04, 2023

Washington, DC- U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres (NY-15), Jenniffer González-Colón (PR), and Darren Soto (FL-09) sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell with concerns about FEMA’s current plans to remove the temporary power generation units in Puerto Rico.

FEMA initially indicated its intention to provide 700MW of dispatchable energy within two months for two years and that the USACE has the commensurate contracting authority to provide it. Yet, one year later, only 350MW of power have been delivered – Palo Seco Plant in June 2023 and the San Juan Plant, September 2023 – and FEMA has plans for complete demobilization by March 15, 2024.

If power generators are removed too soon, thousands of families and businesses could potentially experience more power outages and have less access to electricity, and the system will not be as resilient going into a new hurricane season.

“I feel strongly that FEMA has a humanitarian obligation to keep those temporary generators in place until Puerto Rico has enough permanent power generation to replace them,” said Rep. Ritchie Torres (NY-15). “Removing temporary generators without a permanent replacement would constitute an act of cruelty against the people of Puerto Rico.”

“Given the unfortunate delays in rebuilding the electric grid in Puerto Rico, at this time, we can’t afford to take a step back that will only hurt the people I represent,” said Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (PR). “The scheduled termination of use of the temporary power generation units on the Island would do just that. Therefore, we request that FEMA extend its support until the federal resources we secured in Congress, allocated for more permanent solutions, are being fully utilized. The people of Puerto Rico, who bear the brunt of these challenges, deserve nothing less.”

“We are deeply grateful for FEMA’s work to help support Puerto Rico’s electric infrastructure, said Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09). “As we continue our collaborations, it is critical for them to continue running power generation units on the Island. The removal of power generators would hurt innocent families and businesses that rely on these resources for electricity. In the long term, we must continue to utilize federal funds already allocated to improve cleaner energy generation capacity and a resilient grid.”

In the letter, the Representatives ask Director Criswell several questions on the urgency to remove the power generators and the plan to ensure the stability of the electric grid in Puerto Rico. 

Letter Text


Recent Posts

Feb 28, 2024

U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres Co-Leads Bipartisan Bill to Address Childcare Affordability

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Representative Ritchie Torres (NY-15) co-led the introduction of groundbreaking legislation to tackle the pressing issue of childcare affordability faced by families across the nation. The bipartisan measure, known as the Combatting High Inflation Limiting Daycare Act, or the CHILD Act, seeks to provide much-needed relief to hardworking American families struggling to meet […]

Feb 24, 2024
In the News

Congressman Torres Leads Bicameral Push to Permanently Extend the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk-Sharing Program

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres (NY-15) led a letter with Representative Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) and Senators Jack Reed (RI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) advocating for the permanent extension of the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk-Sharing program. In a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Yellen, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Fudge, National Economic […]

Feb 7, 2024

Rep. Ritchie Torres Introduces Contracting Accountability Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres (NY-15) introduced the Contracting Accountability and Transparency Act (CAT Act). This groundbreaking legislation aims to enhance transparency and accountability within public housing agencies by mandating comprehensive disclosure of contracts entered into by these agencies. If enacted, the CAT Act would require the Secretary of Housing and Urban […]