Sanchez: ‘Proposal to disband PUC inorganic’


Senator Clynt Ridgell has proposed disbanding the Consolidated Commission on Utilities and the Public Utilities Commission.

He was highly critical of their track record on power rates and their support for renewable energy.

CCU commissioner Simon Sanchez, naturally, begs to disagree.

Simon Sanchez didn’t mince words yesterday when talking with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo about Senator Ridgell’s proposal.

He questioned Ridgell’s knowledge on the matter and said the proposal is inorganic anyway.

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“You’re going to have to change federal law to get rid of the PUC because the PUC was created by federal law in the Organic Act. And ironically, Senator Ridgell’s actions … he’s a senator who’s expressing his views … but he really has no background on what he’s talking about. In my personal view, he really doesn’t know what he’s talking about, when it comes to the best way to bring reliable energy at the lowest cost and to migrate towards an energy policy in which we reduce the amount of oil we use at a significant level,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez emphasized that transitioning to renewables is a long-term, gradual process and fossil fuels will still play a part as part of a backup system if nothing else.

He pointed out that he participated in crafting Guam’s renewable energy goals and that under the leadership of the CCU and PUC, Guam is now ahead of the original timeline to transition more of the island’s energy production to renewables.

“The bill originally said by 2035 we should be at 25% renewable. Well, we’re going to be there in two years. When that new generator is turned on..and all the solar projects we’re building out..we’ll be able to produce 25% of our energy from renewable sources and keep the lights on reliably. And the cost of energy will be cheaper in a few years than it was, and than it’s been. And that’s how you do it,” Sanchez said.