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Jul 16, 2020

B.E.L. Demands a Seat at the Negotiating Table

Dawn Sampson-Nunez

In responding to the P.U.C.’s position, General Manager for Employee and Corporate Services, Dawn Sampson-Nunez, told News today that B.E.L. rightfully deserves a seat at the negotiating table since, should there be any concerns between both parties, the P.U.C., as regulator, will also have to assume the role of arbitrator.

 

Dawn Sampson-Nunez, General Manager, Employee & Corporate Services, B.E.L.

“With respect to the power purchase agreement with Santander, we are fully onboard with that.  As a matter of fact, we had initiated discussions with Santander back in 2019, the early part of 2019 and our objective was to see how we could move ahead to have Santander increase its energy supply production.  And the reason that was particularly important back in 2019 was because at that time you will recall that basically  the prices from Mexico, from C.F.E., were high at the time and we were also facing low hydroelectric production due to the dry weather conditions.  So there was considerable incentive for us to approach Santander, which we did, to encourage an increase in energy production.  Subsequent to those discussions with Santander, the Public Utilities Commission basically took over the negotiations with Santander.  Our position since that time, and we have put to the P.U.C. on several occasions, it‘s simply that we are party to that agreement and as a party to the agreement, we, B.E.L., believe that we should be given the opportunity to negotiate the terms and conditions of that agreement directly with Santander.  We believe that we should have a seat at the negotiations table with Santander.  In terms of the process, the way that we envision it should work is that after negotiating an agreement between B.E.L. and Santander as the contracting parties, that agreement should then be submitted to the P.U.C. for the P.U.C. to review and approve.”


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