VIDEO: State of Emergency at CNMI Utility Renewed

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Saipan – The state of emergency at the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has been extended by Gov. Eloy S. Inos.

The declaration allows CUC to, among other things, renew the contracts and hire foreign expert workers to sustain the integrity of CUC’s systems.

The utilities company does not have enough U.S. citizens or U.S. resident technical specialists to perform generation work, particularly specialists with experience in the type of engines that the utilities agency uses.

Inos issued the declaration despite his April directive that restored the full power of the CUC board of directors. For nine years now, starting with Inos’ predecessors, the governor has assumed “all powers and duties of the board of directors of CUC.”