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Puerto Rico energy regulator sets power shutoff rules

February 27, 2016

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s energy regulator is proposing new rules on service shutoffs amid a crackdown on delinquent clients by the cash-starved government power utility.

The Puerto Rico Energy Commission said Saturday it will hold an April 1 public hearing on the proposal requiring the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to give clients a 10-day written notice before suspending service. It also bars shutoffs before and during weekends and holidays. The rules limit the commision’s ability to report clients to credit bureaus and to set procedures to contest bills.

The commission struck a deal with creditors to restructure its $9 billion debt that requires it to propose new rates by April 22. The Puerto Rico government is also seeking concessions from creditors on the rest of its nearly $72 billion debt.

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