July 4, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Effective last week, Puerto Ricans will pay more for electricity.
Officials announced the increase Wednesday, the seventh in a year amid continuing power outages and the US territory’s economic crisis.
For a client who consumes 800 kilowatt hours, the new rate will be 33 cents per kilowatt compared with the previous 29 cents.
The increase has angered many in the island of 3.2 million people who experience power outages blamed on crumbling infrastructure due to lack of maintenance.
In April, a fire at a main power plant sparked an islandwide blackout.