Audits reveal RD$30 billion in irregularities in electricity utilities

The executive vice president of the Unified Council of Electricity Distributors, Andres Astacio, says that the utilities’ audits show irregularities for more than RD$30 billion. He spoke at a press conference called together with the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Astacio said legal counsel is preparing the complaint regarding the irregularities that will be submitted to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. He explained that the public utilities detected an overvaluation of more than US$19 million in equipment.

“We are spending less by doing a little more, we are saving around 80% of the total price of the purchases and that translates into benefits for the Dominican state, money that can be used for many things such as the purchase of vaccines for example and we continue acquiring equipment,” said Astacio on new efficiencies in management at the power distribution companies — EdeNorte, EdeSur and EdeEste.

Meanwhile, Energy and Mines Minister Antonio Almonte added that the consolidating of purchases of the power distributors is enabling important savings.

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10 June 2021