CUC implements cost-cutting measures, official says

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THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has implemented cost-cutting measures and is considering a reduction in the work hours of some of its personnel, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

Gary P. Camacho

“But you have to understand that we’re trying to operate a system 24-hours a day,” he added. CUC’s administrative personnel provide continued support to those doing field work, including the power plant personnel, he said.

The bulk of CUC operations consists of field work on the three main islands, Camacho added.

In the meantime, he said, CUC has reduced overtime, adopted a freeze-hiring policy, and is “monitoring meticulously and reviewing any purchases.”

In addition, he said, the public utility has limited the use of its vehicles and restricted travel.

But Camacho said CUC continues to provide essential utility services to the community.

He said CUC is also working with its vendors regarding extended payment and price quotation terms.

These austerity measures will allow CUC to save $1.5 million to $2 million, he added.

As for the power plant operations, Camacho said CUC needs to collect from its customers regularly so it can continue purchasing fuel and meet the island’s demand for power.

He noted that CUC is mandated to comply with federal Stipulated Orders 1 and 2, which pertain to the Clean Water Act, oil issues, including oil spills and the remediation of contaminated power plants.

“We’re doing everything we can, and we have to ensure that we follow and adhere to the requirements of the stipulated orders,” Camacho said, adding that CUC’s water and wastewater system is dependent on power supply.

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