SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello welcomed on Wednesday the new head of the island’s Electric Power Authority (AEE), Walter Higgins, and several members of the public corporation’s board of directors to La Fortaleza, the government headquarters.
This was the first public meeting with – and confirmation by – Rossello of the new AEE chief.
Rossello noted that, “As governor I promised an independent and objective process to select the best available way for transforming the AEE. The AEE Board continued that process and made their selection. All Puerto Rico, and this public servant, will pay close attention to how (Higgins) fulfills expectations.”
The governor recalled that for years the high level of politicization within the AEE has been criticized, especially over the selection of its new director and his yearly salary of some $450,000.
“This is the first step whereby the AEE will begin to work ... as an independent entity of the government,” he said.
Higgins, meanwhile, will be part of the process to transform the AEE, a public corporation that Rossello announced will be privatized, assuring the residents of the US commonwealth that the cost to consumers will be lower than it is as a public entity.
“We expect that the designation of the new executive director is part of that process of change and improvement of the island’s energy system,” Rossello said.