Ex-CPUC members being considered


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is considering reappointing former members of the Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission.

In a statement from the Torres administration, it said that the governor is initiating necessary documentations on his appointees to the CPUC, the governing body that regulates the rates and services of public utilities such as electricity supply, water supply, and telecommunications in the CNMI.

“…[The appointee selection] includes reigniting the process of reaching out to the former commissioners. As with every board and commission, [Torres] is making sure that potential candidates are willing to serve in the best interest of the ratepayers of [the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.] and are able to provide professional expertise on a number of issues that have a direct impact on utilities, telecommunications, and infrastructure in the Commonwealth,” the statement adds.

Last Aug. 17, 2017, Torres withdrew his appointment of James Benavente, after the latter informed the governor that he is setting his sights on pursuing a civil engineering license.

Benavente was nominated in June 21, 2017.

Former CPUC commissioners include former chair Joseph Guerrero, Oscar Quitugua, and James Guerrero.

The CPUC has been inactive since November 2016.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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