Report opens Dominican Energy czar’s can of worms

DominicanToday.com - Dominican Republic’s energy czar has donated RD$6 million to foundations of legislators, and the catholic and evangelical churches since 2008, has to 43 relatives with high salaries on the Dominican State-owned Electrical Companies (CDEEE) payroll, and a list of advisers which includes president Leonel Fernandez’s brother, Delcio Andújar Reyna, with RD$126,000, despite residing in the United States.

The journalist Nuria Piera reports that among CDEEE executive vice president Radhamés Segura’s advisers is ruling PLD party leader Carlos Amarante, with RD$100,000; Jose Antonio Guzmán Alvarez, with RD$200,000, and Ana Altagracia Hernandez Liriano, with RD$160,000, Héctor Rosario Hernandez, ex executive director of Puerto Rico’s Energy Authority, with US$6,928.

Among the donations figure US$320,583.66to the Office of the Archbishop of Santo Domingo, US$10,000 for president Fernandez’s Global Foundation; RD$400,000 to the foundation of the deputy Manuel Jiménez; RD$875,000 for Rogelio Genao’s; RD$100,000 for Ruddy González’; one million pesos for the Foundation Youth 2000, and Kenya Bisono RD$800,000.

In deputy Jiménez’s case he said they really received only RD$400,000, and that can provide details as to how his organization he presides spent "peso per peso."

Genao, the minority opposition PRSC party spokesman, said his father’s foundation  received RD$50,000 from the CDEEE, "and not RD$875,000 as Nuria said in her program and I can show documents."

Piera revealed a study by Bernardo Castellanos that found a 52.74% increase in personnel of the electrical companies since 2004, raising the payroll from RD$84 million to RD$400 million, and to 8,862 employees.

She said the CDEEE pays advisers wages to lawyers, PLD leaders, journalists, engineers and even business leaders, and nearly RD$100 million between 2007 and April, 2009 to international consultants and personalities.

Dominican Watchdog Note:

This excactly confirms our earlier articles that the electricity distribution in the Dominican Republic is one big BLACK HOLE full of corruption and fraud. If its not the consumers stealing electricity its the board of directors and friends filtering out money from the operations.

Rememeber recent article - over 2 million are not paying for the electricity they consume! no wonder that there are so many interuptions and blackouts - when you add the worlds biggest "management team" to this small country!

Here are the numbers:

2/3 of houses have no meters
Of the 2,730,285 houses counted in the country two years ago, 47% (1,117,789) did not have an electricity meter, while 33.3% (790,212) have a meter and 19.5% (462,284) pay a fixed rate. In other words, 66% of houses do not have meters.
Diario Libre reports that the data obtained from the National Survey of Income and Expenses in the Home 2007, carried out by the National Statistics Office (ONE), says that in individual houses (1,834,201) 574,426 have meters, and 889,936 do not.
Out of more than 257,000 rooms, shacks and back-yard housing units, some 48,000 have meters (18.6%), and in barracks (generally built for flood victims or families displaced by hurricanes) there are only 1,472 meters (11.8%).
Only 6.3% of the houses (160,189) use other sources of energy. According to a study by the National Business Council (CONEP) last May, each consumer or group of consumers should have an electric meter and pay for the energy consumed. CONEP points out that to donate or subsidize energy without any metering or limit is to convert an expensive service into a free service.

Go back | Date: 02 Jul 2009
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