Modernizing Puerto Rico’s electric grid. We’re there.
ATCO is proud to introduce you to LUMA, our new company formed together with Quanta Services, which has been selected to transform and operate Puerto Rico’s electric transmission and distribution (T&D) system. This is a historic win for ATCO and Canadian Utilities as we have proven that across our global enterprise we deliver world-class energy solutions that far outpace our competitors. LUMA went up against some of North America’s—and the world’s—largest utility providers to win this contract. LUMA was selected by the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority and awarded the contract on June 22, 2020.
LUMA commenced its 15-year term to modernize and operate Puerto Rico's electricity transmission and distribution system on June 1, 2021. By transforming the operations of the island's 30,000-km electricity system, damaged by hurricanes in 2017, the highly skilled employees of LUMA are committed to providing Puerto Ricans with improved quality of life and increased economic development for years to come.
The handover of operations from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which is in bankruptcy, occurred after a transition period during which LUMA completed countless regulatory, operational, safety and financial planning and readiness activities. LUMA also hired 2,200 employees to help create a resilient electricity delivery system for Puerto Rico.
Investing in local communities
With LUMA’s mission to restore and operate the electricity system in Puerto Rico, the company is focusing its community giving on energizing the next generation of youth through education and wellness, economic development and recovery and energy stewardship. This has led to the establishment of the LUMA Iluminando Pasos program, which translates to Illuminating Steps.
To accomplish these goals, LUMA will be supporting two community partners: the American Red Cross Puerto Rico chapter and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (BGCPR). These partnerships reflect LUMA’s belief that when the island’s communities thrive, everyone benefits.
By supporting the BGCPR’s program, LUMA will be able to provide participants access to and readiness for higher education, as well as psychosocial support with the goal of moving a child from poverty into self-sufficiency.
Through the Red Cross’s disaster preparedness programs for children, LUMA will help the next generation of youth to be more prepared for future emergencies and empower them with the tools and knowledge they need to become more resilient in their communities.
Training for the future
The health and safety of our people and communities is a value shared across our enterprise. As part of this commitment, LUMA will open a state-of-the-art lineworkers college in Puerto Rico—raising the standard of safety and training for LUMA employees and contributing to a safer electricity system for all.
The LUMA College for Technical Training will be an accredited campus of the Northwest Lineman College (NLC), which currently has four campuses across the United States and trains more than 8,000 students each year. The college will provide a customized curriculum for the Puerto Rican workforce.
LUMA College’s 24-acre site in Canóvanas will include an outdoor skills training field, indoor learning laboratory, administrative and classroom operations building, and covered equipment and personnel parking structures. Collectively, this will create approximately 22,000 square feet of usable building space for the purpose of training, education and administration.
Construction of the college will create approximately 50 jobs and up to 12 full-time employment opportunities as well as jobs in security, janitorial, maintenance and information technology to support college operations.
Employing great people. Changing lives.
With the scope of our national project, LUMA’s modernization and operation of Puerto Rico’s electrical system will provide for the employment of 2,200 locals. This will directly benefit local communities and economy development as Puerto Rico continues to rebuild from the damage done by the hurricanes of 2017.
In addition, approximately 120 employed families from both ATCO and Quanta Services have relocated to Puerto Rico to assist with the success of the project and familiarize themselves with the amazing people of this island.
LUMA is proud to have people who live out the commitment to serve. That’s why it practices the culture of “people first” and recognizes their great contribution to the performance of the company. LUMA is its people; people who work and do their best to achieve our goals of service to Puerto Rico.